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.

  • Sunday 17 June 2018
    Wicken, Cambridgeshire

    Event:

    Dragonfly Larvae Identification Course

    A Dragonfly larvae I.D. course with Henry Curry at National Trust Wicken Fen Nature Reserve. Aimed at beginners, this course will start with an introduction to dragonfly larvae and the their place in the dragonfly life-cycle. Indoor practical sessions will focus on the identification of cast skins (exuviae). Depending on the weather, we'll go out onto the Fen and look at the dipping ponds and practice identification in the field.

    Cost: £35

    Photo of Southern Hawker by Christophe Brochard

    Contact:

    Henry Curry, BDS Secretary  Tel: 01733 204286

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Please report to the Wren building at Wicken Fen, Lode Lane, Wicken, Ely CB7 5XP

    Start 10:00. Finish 16:00.

    Requirements:

    Contact Henry Curry to book.

    Bring a packed lunch, or eat at the National Trust cafe.

    Sturdy footwear - perhaps wellies/walking boots if it has been wet -  and waterproofs as we will be venturing out on to the Fen.

    Total walking will be no more than 1km. Identification guides, hand lens if you have one. We'll provide some microscopes. (Note: There is a car park charge for non-NT members.)

    Additional Info:

    For those who wish, the ‘Field Guide to the larvae and exuviae of British Dragonflies’ by Steve Cham will be available.

  • Sunday 17 June 2018
    Esher, Surrey

    Event:

    Esher Common Brilliant Emeralds

    We're looking for Brilliant Emerald at Black Pond and other species at the surrounding ponds up to and across the A3.

    Cost: FREE

    Photo of Brilliant Emerald (female) by Pierre Papon

    Contact:

    David Hepper, BDS Recorders Officer Tel: 07768 452365

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Horseshoe Clump car park, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey KT10, (TQ125628). If full, at Claremont Park (NT)
    Start 10:30.
     

    Requirements:

    Bring: lunch and good boots.

    Additional Info:

    No facilities on the common.

  • Saturday 16 June 2018
    Horton, Northamptonshire

    Event:

    Downy Emeralds and friends at Yardley Chase

    To watch the Downy Emerald at its only site in Northamptonshire, a private woodland estate. We should also see good numbers of the usual spring species including Hairy Dragonfly. We may even see some early Southern Hawkers.

    Cost: FREE

    Photo of Downy Emerald (female).

    Contact:

    Mark Tyrrell, Northamptonshire County Dragonfly Recorder Tel: 01933 389 748

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Yardley Chase. Full joining instructions will be provided about 1 week prior.
    Start: 10:30.

    Requirements:

    Contact Mark Tyrrell to book your place. This field trip is restricted to 12 participants and spaces are available on a first come first served basis.

    Walking boots, packed lunch, water.

    Additional Info:

    There are no toilet facilities.

  • Saturday 16 June 2018
    Exeter, Devon

    Event:

    Lower Clyst Valley Dragonflies

    A joint meeting with East Devon District Council to look at ponds, the River Clyst and its marshes. Targets species: White-legged Damselfly, Hairy Dragonfly and Scarce Chaser.

    Cost:FREE

    Photo of Scarce chaser (female) by Neil Malton

    Contact:

    Dave Smallshire, Devon County Dragonfly Recorder Tel: 01626 853393

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Dart’s Farm Wetland car park, Topsham, Clyst St George, Exeter EX3 0QH (grid reference SX974886). which is down a track to the left at the end of the main western car park .

    Start 10:00

    Requirements:

    Binoculars will be helpful.

    Booking not necessary.

    Additional Info:

    We will return Dart’s Farm or nearby pub for lunch.

  • Sunday 10th June 2018
    Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

    Event:

    Dragonfly and Damselfly Identification Workshop

    Would you like to know a hawker from a demoiselle? Join county dragonfly recorder Ingrid Twissell to explore our beautiful Woorgreens reserve and learn how to identify the many stunning dragonflies and damselflies. 

    Open to all; suitable for beginners and more experienced recorders. 

    Price: £45

    Photo of Broad-bodied Chaser

    Contact:

    Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust Conservation Centre Reservoir Road Gloucester GL4 6SX 

    Tel: 01452 383333 

    Booking at GWT website

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Woorgreens nature reserve, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

    *Booking Required*
     

     

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 9 June 2018
    Abingdon, Oxfordshire

    Event:

    Dragonflies of Abingdon

    Choice of MORNING & AFTERNOON field meetings near to Oxford

    British Dragonfly Society with support of BBOWT and Abingdon Naturalists Society.

    Morning:  “Up close & Specific” – Cothill Fen near Oxford.

    Times:   9.30 – 11.30am  A 2km stroll to identify some rarer ‘confusion’ species including: Southern and Small Red Damselflies plus Keeled Skimmer, as pre-flight emergents, tenerals & adults.

    Afternoon: “Smorgasbord of Possibility” – Abingdon Wetlands

    Times:  12.30 – 4.30pm   A 6-7km circuit stroll to prove breeding in a diverse range of floodplain and river habitats.  Target species include: Variable and White-legged Damselflies, Downy Emerald, Hairy and Club-tailed Dragonflies.

    Photo of Variable damselflies by David Kitching.

    Contact:

    Ian Smith

    Contact Email:
    Meet:
    Requirements:

    Numbers Limited - Please register ASAP for full details, including bus & rail options and accessibility information.

    Additional Info:
  • Friday 8th June 2018
    Ironbrirdge, Telford

    Event:

    Introduction to Dragonflies Workshop

    Learn about the Dragonfly life cycle and tips for identify and survey Dragonflies in the field. There first part of the workshop will be held indoors but for the second part we will head out to Beeched Field Reserve to practice identify some real Dragonflies.

    This event is being funded by the Telford @ 50 project

    Cost: FREE

    Broad-bodied Chaser by David Kitching.

    Contact:

     Lindsay Ward Tel: 01952 432244 

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Contact Lindsay Ward for details on where to meet.

    Start: 12:00 Finish: 15:00

    Requirements:

    Appropriate outdoor clothing.

    Additional Info:
  • Wednesday 6 June 2018
    ‎Dunkeld, Perth and Kinross

    Event:

    Dragonfly Identification Workshop

    Join Andrea Hudspeth, British Dragonfly Society Scotland Officer, for a talk and walk getting to know dragonflies and damselflies.

    Cost: Adult £6, concession/member £5, child £3, child member £2.

    Full information here.

    Photo of Migrant Hawker (male) by David Kitching.

    Contact:

    Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre Tel: 01350 727337

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre, Loch of the Lowes, Dunkeld PH8 0HH

    Start: 10:00. Finish 16:00

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:
  • Sunday 3rd June 2018
    Truro, Cornwall

    Event:

    Cornish Dragonfly and Damselfly Field Trip

     

    Event open to all ages (anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult).

    Joing David Cooper, East Cornwall County Dragonfly Recorder, for a gentle walk around Carnon Valley and Bissoe Valley looking for Dragonflies and Damselflies.

    We hope to see:

    Large Red Damselflies

    Azure Damselflies

    Common Blue Damselflies

    Scarce Blue Damselflies

    Emerald Damselflies

    Broad-bodied Chasers

    Four-spotted Chasers

    Keeled Skimmers

    Emeperor Dragonflies and more. . .

     

    Contact:

    David Cooper Tel:01326311337

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Bissoe Road off the A39 at the Devoran roundabout.

    Start 10:00 Finish 14:00

    Requirements:

    Sensible footwear and clothing.

    Bring your own refreshments.

    Sunscreen, insect repellent etc if required.

    Additional Info:
  • Sunday 3rd June 2018, 11:00am
    Hatchmere, Cheshire

    Event:

    Hatch Mere Dragonfly Walk

    Hatch Mere Nature Reserve, Cheshire. 11:00am

    Photo: Cheshire Wildlife Trust

     

    FREE Event, booking is essential! Limited spaces so please book early to avoid dissapointment. Join Cheshire Dragonfly Recorder for an informal guided walk around Cheshire Wildlife Trust's Hatch Mere Nature Reserve. We hope to see a range of damselflies including variable, blue tailed (all forms), red eyed, large red, common blue and azure. Hairy dragonfly have been known on the site, and we should see emperor, four spotted chasers, possibly downy emerald and black tailed skimmer.

    The walk is planned to only take a couple of hours but if you would like to stay longer John would be happy to stay longer.

     

    Contact:

    John Roberts, Cheshire County Dragonfly Recorder:  01829 733140/ 07775 706838

     

     

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    11:00am at:

    Hatch Mere, Norley, nr Delamere Forest
    Frodsham
    Cheshire
    WA6 6NY

    Map reference

    SJ 553 722

    Requirements:

    Please dress for the weather as the site has no facilities and is fairly open to the elements. Many of the paths remain wet for large portions of the year, and so wellies are advisable, but walking boots may suffice.

    Bring lunch if you wish to stay all day.

    For more information about the site including public transport information please see:http://www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/hatch-mere

    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 2nd June 2018
    Telford, Shropshire

    Event:

    Create a Dragonfly Picture

    Join local artists Rod Sheppard and Hazel McNab in learning how to create your own Dragonfly lino cut print!

    Visit: Rob Sheppards photography website

             Hazel McNab's shop website
     

    Print by Rod Sheppard                                                                Hazle McNab with her poster artwork

    Contact:

    Rod Sheppard

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    The Green Wood Centre, Station Road, Telford TF8 7DR

    Start: 13:30 Finish: 17:00

    Requirements:

    Booking essential (see contact deatils above)

    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 2nd to Sunday 3rd June 2018
    Minera Quarry, Wrexham

    Event:

    Minera Quarry Grand Opening

    Please come and join us to celebrate the opening of Wildlife Trust North Wales 36th nature reserve. The BDS will be attending the event on Saturday.

    Mike Dilger, wildlife TV presenter, will be officially opening the site at 1:30pm. There will be lots of wild things to see and do all throughout the day!  

    • A Bio-Blitz – wildlife enthusiasts will be at hand to find as many different species on the day
    • Moth trapping
    • Guided walks
    • A Talks Tent - Bats of Minera, mindfulness and nature, living landscapes, volunteering, swift recovery project
    • Children’s activities
    • Open Air Laboratory and pond dipping with Mike Dilger
    • Geological discovery – find a sea bed created 440 million years ago
    • Stalls from local community groups - Minera Quarry Trust, Friends of Nant Mill & AONB 

    There will be tea, coffee, cake and ice cream – so fingers crossed for a sunny day!

    Cost: Free

    Contact:

    Adrian Jones Tel: 01248 351541

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Starts 10:00am each day

    Meet at end of Maesyffynnon Road, 
    Minera Quarry NWWT Nature Reserve, 
    LL11 3DE

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 2nd June 2018, 10:00 - 13:30
    Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea, Essex

    Event:

    Photography Workshop: Dragonflies, Butterflies and other invertebrates
    Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea, Essex. Saturday, June 2, 2018

    Photo by David Hepper.

     

    Dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies are among our most photogenic insects and this workshop will look at the best techniques to use when trying to photograph them and other invertebrate species.
    The workshop starts with a talk covering these techniques and tips on finding and getting closer to them.
    We will then head outside and try out what we have learned on the spring flowers and wildlife.

    Equipment you will need:

    • A camera! DSLR, though some bridge cameras and advanced compacts may be suitable
    • A macro lens (or lens with close up/macro mode or close up lens attached)
    • If it is raining and your camera/lens is not weather proof then a carrier bag or rain sleeve to keep it dry will probably be needed
    • Something to kneel on
    • Waterproof clothing or something to lay on as you may end up laying down

    The following may be of use but are not necessary:

    • A bean bag to rest your camera/lens on
    • A tripod (if you have one)
    • Extension tubes
    • Flash and diffuser
    • Long telephoto lens (e.g. 300mm lens)

    Cost: £26.25 per person

    Max number of participants: 8

    BOOKING ESSENTIAL

    All workshop sessions will be presented by Neil Phillips, a wildlife photographer with nine years experience, who has photographed many different species across much of the UK.

    Neil has been highly commended in the British Wildlife Photography Awards and been runner up in a number of national competitions and published in national newspapers

    To see samples of Neil's work visit his website: http://www.uk-wildlife.co.uk/dt_gallery_category/dragonflies-damselflies...

    Please see website for further details :
    https://www.wattylercountrypark.org.uk/park-events/2018/6/2/photography-workshop-dragonflies-butterflies-and-other-invertebrates-at-wat-tyler-cp

    Contact:

    Neil Phillips

    Phone: 01268 206667 / 01268 207984

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Wat Tyler Centre, Pitsea, Essex, SS16 4UH

    Map: https://www.google.com/maps/search/Pitsea+ss16+4uh/@51.5649418,0.492641,14z/data=!3m1!4b1

    Requirements:

    Please dress for the weather as we will be outside, bring something to kneel/lie on, something to cover your camera with if it rains and bring your own lunch along.

    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 2 June 2018
    Farnborough, Hampshire

    Event:

    Dragonfly Survey along Cove Brook and surrounding marshland

    This relatively wild area is attached to Southwood Golf Course in Farnborough, and is due to become part of a new Sustainable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) in the next year or so. This event will be an opportunity to assess which species are currently present, and also what improvements might be useful for the Council to make. There will be a follow-up visit on 4th August 2018.

    Cost: FREE

    Photo of Four-spotted Chaser (female) by David Kitching

    Contact:

    Derek and Sarah Flynn Tel: 07763 580438

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    By the corner of Hazel Avenue and Dene Road in Farnborough (nearby post code is GU14 0HA - map ref SU856554). Please note that Hazel Avenue is divided into two. Either drive to the meeting point from Cove Road (B3014 - turn by Whoopee Motor Factors into Hazel Avenue), or approach from Elles Road (A327), turning into Arrow road, (ignoring a turning into Hazel Avenue on the left), on down Cody Road, and eventually left down Dene Road. There should be sufficient on-road parking in the vicinity.

    Start 10:30 am.

    Requirements:

    Some of the land is quite marshy, so sensible footwear is advised. The survey will probably take until lunchtime. Those bringing a packed lunch could have their lunch by Basingstoke canal - about 2 miles away (details on the day).

    Additional Info:
  • Sunday 27 May 2018
    Hampstead , London

    Event:

    Hampstead Heath Dragonfly Survey

     

    Run by the London Natural History Soceity: Ecology & Entomology.
    Led by Roy Woodward, BDS Country Dragonfly recorder for Hertfordshire.

     

    Free admission. Open to members and none-members of LNHS.

    For more info and updates visit the LNHS website 

    Contact:

    London Natural History Society

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Meet at 10.30 outside Hampstead Heath overground station (which is a few minutes walk from Belsize Park tube station on the Northern line). End time is approximate 16:00.
     

    Requirements:

    Bring lunch. Stout shoes or boots are advisable. Binoculars and/or hand lenses as appropriate are recommended. Cars not needed unless otherwise specified.

    Additional Info:
  • Sunday 27 May 2018
    Teigngrace, Devon

    Event:

    Spring Dragonflies at Stover Country Park, one of the prime sites in Devon

    A field meeting at Stover County Park with a focus on local specialities: Hairy Dragonfly and Downy Emerald. Optional visit to private ponds nearby after lunch to look for Red-eyed Damselfly.

    Cost: FREE

    Photo of Downy Emerald (teneral female) by David Kitching.

    Contact:

    Dave Smallshire Tel:01626 853393

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Stover County Park Visitor Centre, Newton Abbot TQ12 6QG (SX833751; entrance off A382 to Newton Abbot, 300m from A38, 10 miles from M5)
    Start 10:00. Finish by 16:00.

    Requirements:

    Bring lunch if staying for the afternoon.
    Close-focus binoculars and wellies useful.
    Pay and display car park.
    Advance booking not necessary.

    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 26th May 2018, 11:00am
    Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, School Road, Craven Arms, Shropshire

    Event:

    Shropshire Hills Dragonfly Hotspot Extravaganza!

    11:00am - 4:00pm FREE Event!