Previous Events

This is the diary of previous special events, courses, field trips and holidays.

The background colour of the date is used to show different types of meeting. Green is used for BDS and BDS Local Group organised field meetings and events, Blue where the BDS will have a stand or speaker(s), but is not responsible for the event itself (please follow any given links for further details) and Yellow for other dragonfly events. These last are listed for information only, using information as it was provided to us. The BDS is not directly involved in these events and therefore all details are solely under the control of the individual event organisers. We suggest you contact these organisers direct or follow the given links to confirm details.

  • Thursday 6th December 2018
    Elstead, Surrey

    Event:

    Thursley Volunteers

     

    The Thursley volunteer group meets every week on Thrusday and once a month on Sunday. Over the winter work is focused on habitat management, while over the summer volunteers carry out site maintenance and wildlife surveys. Anyone is welcome to join; volunteering is a great way to find out more about the wildlife of Thursley NNR, develope new skills and make new friends.

    Contact James Giles Reserve Manager for more information, and to join in.

    Contact:

    James Gile, Reserve Manager

    Contact Email:
    Meet:
    Requirements:
    Additional Info:
  • Sunday 2nd December 2018
    Craven Arms, Shropshire

    Event:

    Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

    Habitat Helpers volunteer group

     

    Help us create an oasis of habitats for everyone to enjoy in the Onny Meadows and land surrounding the centre.

    This monthly work party carries out light conservation work across the meadows. No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. We are a group of friendly, like-minded people who just want to give our Discovery Centre and Meadows some well earned TLC!

    This is a fantastic oppotunity to:

    - socialise and make new friends

    - spend time outdoors with nature, learning about the Onny Meadows and its wildlife

    - develope new practical conservation skills

     

    Contact:

    Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre Tel: 01588 676060

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Start: 10:00 

    Finish time varies (volunteers are free to come and go as they wish).

    Requirements:

    Wear suitable outdoor clothing.

    Contact the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre so they can provide further information.

    Additional Info:
  • Friday 30th November 2018
    Morton Loch, Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve

    Event:

    Improve-a-pond Volunteer Day

    Morton Lochs Dragonfly Hotspot

    Join Andrea from the British Dragonfly Society and Alex from Scottish Natural Heritage for a morning of fun and frolics down by the pond.

    We will spend the morning clearing a path to the pond, assessing how we can improve it for Dragonflies and then start pond dipping to see which species of Dragonfly larva are lurking beneath the surface.

    During the morning Andrea and Alex will share their Dragonfly knowledge and talk about the species that can be found on the reserve.

    No prior experience is needed, just an inquisitive nature and a willingness to get mucky.

    Hot drinks and snacks will be provided throughout the morning.

    We will meet by the car park at 9.30 am and walk to the pond together.

    Common Darter larvae by Christophe Brochard

     

    Contact:

    Andrea Hudspeth, 07960 391297

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    At the car park at Morton Lochs. 

    Requirements:

    Suitable, warm for clothing for manual tasks and sturdy boots or wellingtons. 

     

    Additional Info:
  • Saturday, 17th November 2018
    Newcastle University

    Event:

    BDS Autumn Meeting and AGM

    This year's meeting will be on Saturday 17th November at Newcastle University, Newcastle, NE1 7RU

    Members and non-Members are welcome.

    Please book your place online at Eventbrite (this helps us to gauge number of attendees)  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bds-annual-meeting-agm-tickets-48987966326

    Draft Programme: ( subject to change)

    09:30 Coffee & Welcome

    10:00 General Introduction and Announcements, welcome to the site

    10:10 Dragonfly Roosting – film & discussion (Steve White)

    10:20 Cyprus Dragonfly Special (Christophe Brochard)

    11:10 Partnership with the MoJ (Phil Thomas)

    11:40 Update on Projects (Eleanor Colver)

    12:00 (To be confirmed )

    12:30 AGM

    13:00 Lunch - please bring your own food. (Drinks & snacks available locally.)

    14:00 Introduction - our new Conservation Outreach Officer (Fiona McKenna)

    14:20 Dragonflies of Valle de Sol (Paul Winter)

    14:50 The Fen Raft Spider - coming to a wetland near you (Helen Smith)

    15:25 A taste of African Dragonflies (Mike Averill)

    16:00 Raffle & Final Announcements

    16:30 Close

     

    Image: King's Gate building, Newcastle University

    Contact:

    Henry Curry, Secretary

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Venue: King's Gate, Newcastle University, Newcastle, NE1 7RU, United Kingdom

    For infromation on travelling to the Newcastle University campus please click here.

    For a map of the campus please click here. To view King's Gate on google maps please click here.

    Requirements:

    Free entry, but we ask for a donation to cover costs (we suggest £5 members, £10 non-members).

    Please bring suitable raffle prizes if you can.

    Additional Info:

    Members and non-Members are welcome.

    Please book your place online at Eventbrite (this helps us to gauge number of attendees)

     https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bds-annual-meeting-agm-tickets-48987966326

  • Saturday 10th November 2018
    Derby, Derbyshire

    Event:

    Contact:

    The Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Entomological Society

    Contact Email:
    Meet:
    Requirements:
    Additional Info:
  • Sunday 4th November 2018
    Craven Arms, Shropshire

    Event:

    Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

    Habitat Helpers volunteer group

     

    Help us create an oasis of habitats for everyone to enjoy in the Onny Meadows and land surrounding the centre.

    This monthly work party carries out light conservation work across the meadows. No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. We are a group of friendly, like-minded people who just want to give our Discovery Centre and Meadows some well earned TLC!

    This is a fantastic oppotunity to:

    - socialise and make new friends

    - spend time outdoors with nature, learning about the Onny Meadows and its wildlife

    - develope new practical conservation skills

    Contact:

    Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre Tel: 01588 676060

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Start: 10:00 

    Finish time varies (volunteers are free to come and go as they wish).

    Requirements:

    Wear suitable outdoor clothing.

    Contact the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre so they can provide further information.

    Additional Info:
  • Thursday 1st November 2018
    Elstead, Surrey

    Event:

    Thursley Volunteers

     

    The Thursley volunteer group meets every week on Thrusday and once a month on Sunday. Over the winter work is focused on habitat management, while over the summer volunteers carry out site maintenance and wildlife surveys. Anyone is welcome to join; volunteering is a great way to find out more about the wildlife of Thursley NNR, develope new skills and make new friends.

    Contact James Giles Reserve Manager for more information, and to join in.

    Contact:

    James Gile, Reserve Manager

    Contact Email:
    Meet:
    Requirements:
    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 20 October 2018
    Shrewsbury, Shropshire

    Event:

    Shropshire Environmental Data Network Recorders' Day

     

    The annual conference for the Shropshire Environmental Data Network (SEDN – the equivalent of the Local Environmental Records Centre for Shropshire).

    All welcome, whether you’re an established or new recorder from Shropshire.

    The programme, and further information, is avaliable via the NBN website.

    Contact:

    Charlie Bell 

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Start: 9:30

    Finish: 16:00

    Requirements:

    The event is free but you must book to reserve your place by contacting Charlie Bell.

    Additional Info:
  • 11th October 2018
    Elstead, Surrey

    Event:

    Thursley Volunteers

     

    The Thursley volunteer group meets every week on Thursday and once a month on Sunday. Over the winter work is focused on habitat management, while over the summer volunteers carry out site maintenance and wildlife surveys. Anyone is welcome to join; volunteering is a great way to find out more about the wildlife of Thursley NNR, develope new skills and make new friends.

    Contact James Giles, Reserve Manager for Natural England, to join in.

    Contact:

    James Giles, Reserve Manager

    Contact Email:
    Meet:
    Requirements:
    Additional Info:
  • Sunday 7th October 2018
    Craven Arms, Shropshire

    Event:

    Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

    Habitat Helpers volunteer group

     

    Help us create an oasis of habitats for everyone to enjoy in the Onny Meadows and land surrounding the centre.

    This monthly work party carries out light conservation work across the meadows. No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. We are a group of friendly, like-minded people who just want to give our Discovery Centre and Meadows some well earned TLC!

    This is a fantastic oppotunity to:

    - socialise and make new friends

    - spend time outdoors with nature, learning about the Onny Meadows and its wildlife

    - develope new practical conservation skills

     

    Contact:

    Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre Tel: 01588 676060

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Start: 10:00 

    Finish time varies (volunteers are free to come and go as they wish).

    Requirements:

    Wear suitable outdoor clothing.

    Contact the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre so they can provide further information.

    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 6 October
    Norwich, Norfolk

    Event:

    Wild about Norfolk

    ! EVENT CANCELLED !

     

    Come and visit us on the BDS stand at this Wildlife Conservation Fair. Lots of activities for old and young alike including information stands, talks, walks, environmental games and craft activities.

    Admission free.

    More info to come.

    Contact:

    Easton and Otley College

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Easton & Otley College, Bawburgh Road, Easton, Norwich NR9 5DX

    Start 10:00. Finish 16:00.

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 22nd September 2018, 10:00am
    Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea, Essex

    Event:

    Photography Workshop: Pond Creatures

    10:00am - 13:30pm Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea, Essex.