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.

  • Saturday 14 April 2018
    Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire


    Dragonfly Larvae and Exuviae Workshop

    Dragonfly Larvae Workshop with Sue Rees Evans. Aimed at beginners this course will commence with an introduction to dragonfly larvae and the part they play in the dragonfly lifecycle. Indoor practical sessions will then focus on the identification of exuviae. After lunch the afternoon will be spent out and about at the field centre dipping in ponds and practising some hands on identification.

    Cost: £40


    Bishops Wood Field Centre Tel: 01299 250513

    Contact Email:

    Bishops Wood Centre, Crossway Green, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire, DY13 9SE

    Please report to reception.

    Start 10:00. Finish 16:00.



    Book your place here.

    Packed lunch.

    Wellies/walking boots and waterproofs as we will be venturing out!

    Total walking will be no more than 1km.

    Bring .larval identification guides and hand lens if owned.

    Additional Info:

    For those who wish, the ‘Field Guide to the larvae and exuviae of British Dragonflies’ by Steve Cham will be available for purchase at £7.50 (correct cash/cheque only).

  • Saturday 14th April 2018, 9.30am - 4.30pm
    Perth, Perth and Kinross


    Scottish Dragonfly Conference 2018: Saturday, 14 April 2018, The Soutar Theatre - AK Bell Library, York Place, Perth.


    9.30-10.00                                                  Coffee available in foyer


    Andrea Hudspeth (Scotland Officer)

    Introduction and housekeeping


    Ruary Mackenzie-Dodds)

    (conference Chair)

    In search of a burrow dwelling giant


    Andrea Hudspeth, Scottish Officer

    Sharing the love of dragonflies – the work of the Scotland Officer


    Tom Mason MSP

    Northern Damselfly Species Champion


    Pat Batty, Scotland Recorder

    Recording update


                                            Coffee & networking


    Duncan Davidson, Butterfly Conservation

    Conservation and Recording Butterflies and Moths in Scotland


    Graeme Walker, BDS Area Recorder

    Dragonfly Week on Orkney


    Questions from the floor for the morning speakers

    13.00-14.15                                               Lunch & networking

     (lunch can be bought from the library cafe, other local cafes or bring a packed lunch)


    Barbara Mearns, BDS Area Recorder

    Peatland poems from the Scottish Solway


    Graeme Checkley,

    Holyrood’s Dragonflies


    Cassie Jones, Chester University

    White-faced Darter


    Jonathan Willet, BDS Area Recorder

    Azure Hawker at Silver Flows & Northern Damselfly Translocation


    Henry Curry, BDS Secretary

    The BDS – to Infinity & Beyond


    Questions from the floor for the afternoon speakers


    Sum up by Ruary MacKenzie Dodds & close (exit building by 17.00).

    Cost: FREE


    Andrea Huspeth

    Tel: 07960 391297

    Contact Email:

    The Soutar Theatre - AK Bell Library, York Place, Perth PH2 8EP


    Book tickets here

    Please bring a packed lunch or treat yourself at the library or other local cafe.

    Additional Info:

    An evening meal can be arranged if there is enough interest.

  • Monday 23 March 2018


    Nature Showcase, The Orkney Field Club


    This popular regular event, provides a selection of 15 minute presentations on a variety of subjects which this year include - skates, travelling limpets, dragonflies and identifying queen bumblebees. The Dragonfly talk will be led by Graeme Walker.

    Visit the event page on The Orkney Field Club website here.

    Cost: £1 members, £2 non-members.


    The Orkney Field Club Secretary Jenny Taylor 

    Contact Email:

    St Magnus Centre, Palace Rd, Kirkwall KW15 1PA

    Start: 19:30. Finish: 21:30.

    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 17 March 2018
    Peterborough, Cambridgeshire



    Join us at our Spring Meeting to hear about the BDS's exciting recording projects for 2018! In addition, you will have the chance to learn about Dragonfly and wetland conservation, and research, from a range of speakers, as well as the opportunity to discuss Dragonfly recording with our experts. This year's meeting will also feature a 1 hour forum for County Dragonfly Recorders.


    Programme (may be subject to change)

    09:30 – Arrival and registration

    10:00 – Welcome

    10:10 – Cambridgeshire Dragons (Val Perrin, BDS Trustee)

    10:30 – State of Nature 2020 (Pam Taylor, Dragonfly Conservation Group Convenor)

    10.50 – Clubtail Count 2018 (Genevieve Dalley, BDS Conservation Officer)

    11.00 – Break

    11:20 – White-faced Darters in England and Scotland (Matthew Geary, Lecturer and Conservation Ecologist at The University of Chester)

    11.50 – Dragonfly Challenge, for non-CDRs,  (Eleanor Colver, Conservation Officer) and the start of the County Dragonfly Recorder Forum (1 hour, hosted by David Hepper, BDS Records Officer)

    12:20 – Lunch Break (starts at 12:50 for CDRs)

    13:50 – Southern Damselflies in Dorset (Chris Dieck, RSPB Ecologist)

    14:20 – Norfolk Ponds Project  (Carl Sayer, Norfolk Ponds Project Leader)

    14:50 – Break

    15:10 – Tyntesfield (Steve White, Photographer)

    15:40 – Questions and Answers Session (Chaired by Pam Taylor)

    16:10 – Summary

    16.30 – Close


    Shops Attending Event

    The British Dragonfly Society Shop

    Pemberley Books, Specialist Natural History Booksellers 


    Eleanor Colver (Conservation Officer)

    Mobile: 07792 231 925

    Contact Email:

    The Cambridge Suite of the East of England Showground (Arena and Events Centre), Peterborough, PE2 6XE. 

    For SAT NAV please use PE2 6XE

    Information on how to get there, where to stay and parking can be found on the East of England Showground Website.

    The venue includes free parking (disabled parking, access and conveniences, as stated in the FAQ)

    By Train

    Peterborough is located on the East Coast Main line running from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh. A number of fast trains run on this network, making London accessible in 45 minutes on specific trains.

    The station has its own taxi rank, which means reaching Peterborough Arena is approximately 15 minutes away once the train has arrived in the station.

    By Car

    Arriving by car, you will be guided to one of our hard standing or grassed free parking areas. There are 22,000 spaces – so plenty of room for everyone. We also have plenty of disabled parking bays.

    Travelling from Peterborough City Centre – take the Nene Parkway/A1260, follow directions to Oundle Road/A605 and turn right onto this road, which will lead you directly to the venue. The brown highway signs indicating East of England Showground will help to guide you. The journey is approximately 16 minutes from the centre of Peterborough.

    Travelling from the A1(M) South – continue along the A1(M), passing the Peterborough Services (Extra MSA); continue forward onto the A1 and then take the next turn left, signposted East of England Showground. At the junction with the A605, turn left and travel half a mile. At the roundabout, turn right, and you have arrived at Peterborough Arena.

    Travelling from the A1(M) North – ignore the very first signpost for Peterborough and continue travelling along the A1 picking up the brown highways signposts indicating East of England Showground. Follow these signs and leave the A1 at Alwalton, taking you through the village and onto the A605 Oundle Road junction. Turn left at this junction and at the very next roundabout, turn right and you’ve arrived at Peterborough Arena.

    By Public Transport

    Peterborough City Centre has a number of taxi ranks, as well as a coach park and bus station located within the Queensgate Centre. The Stagecoach bus service runs an hourly service during the week and two-hourly Sunday service, stopping just outside Peterborough Arena. The bus numbers to look for are x4 and 24 leaving Bay 15 at Queensgate, Peterborough.

    The bus stop is located on the main road fronting the venue (Oundle Road). A five to 10-minute walk will bring you to our main entrance gate.



    Lunch is not provided so please bring lunch with you.

    Book your FREE ticket here on Eventbrite


    Additional Info:

    Entry is free, however we would appreciate a donation to cover costs (we suggest £5 members, £10 non-members).


    Refreshments will be avaliable in the morning and afternoon breaks only.

  • Saturday 3 March 2018
    Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire


    Staffordshire Invertebrate Science Fair 

    A day of bugs! Lots of kids activites, including indoor pond dipping. Chat to insect experts and attend talks on weird and wonderful bugs!

    Follow the event Facebook page for updates:



    Andy Jukes

    Contact Email:

    Staffordshire University Science Centre, Leek Road, Stoke on Trent, ST42DF

    Additional Info:

    Starts 10:30, Finishes 16:00

    Free entry

    Free parking.

    Cafe on site.


  • 27 Jan 2018
    Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Shropshire


     Feathers and Flight


    Join the BDS at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre for a day celebrating flight!

    Hot air balloon rides will be available (booking required), enjoy the falconry displays, and take part in the flying crafts and treasure trails.

    Visit the website for more details:


    Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre Main Phone: 01588 676060

    Contact Email:

    Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, School Road, Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 9RS

    Additional Info:
  • Tuesday 21st November, 2017


    In search of the uncommon Common Clubtail...


    Join us and the North Wales Wildlife Trust for an evening where we will explore the history and ecology of this elusive dragonfly species in the UK and look at the BDS's recent efforts to better understand this beautiful insect.

    Click here for more information.

    Contact Email:

    The meeting runs from 7.00pm to 9.00pm at:

    Gladstone Library, Church Lane,
    CH5 3DF

    Getting There By Public Transport

    More information here


    Price / Donation


    Wheelchair Access

    Wheelchair users please contact organiser in advance


    People with limited mobility please contact organiser in advance

    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 18th November 2017
    Holiday Inn Hotel, Filton, Bristol


    BDS Annual Meeting and AGM

    This year's meeting will be on Saturday 18th November at the Holiday Inn, Filton, Bristol. Members and non-Members are welcome.


    • 09:30 Coffee & Welcome

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

    • 10:05 Dragons & Damsels in the Media (Mike Dilger)

    • 10:20 REGUA -  acessible tropical rainforest dragonflies (Peter Allen)

    • 11:00 Why are Dragonfly Wings so Diverse? (Robin Wootton)

    • 11:25 Clubtail Count (Genevieve Dalley)

    • 11:40 Dragonflies and Damselflies of the Maltese Islands (Charles Gauci)

    • 12:30 AGM

    • 13:00 Lunch - please bring your own or food available for purchase from the hotel

    • 14:05 Introduction - our new Conservation Officer (Eleanor Colver)

    • 14:25 Dragonflies of Somerset (Chris Iles)

    • 14:50 The Southern Migrant Hawker (Neil Phillips)

    • 15:20 Tales from the Balsa (David Chelmick)

    • 16:00 Raffle & Final Announcements

    • 16:30 Close


    Contact the organiser, Henry Curry (BDS Secretary)

    Contact Email:

    Holiday Inn Hotel, Filton Road, Hambrook, Bristol, BS16 1QX

    Parking:      300 car parking spaces and 4 disabled bays at the hotel. You may need to report your car reg. at reception for free parking.

    Rail Travel: *** Bristol Parkway station, the closest to the venue, is closed on 18th Nov. Replacement bus services operate from stations such as Swindon. ***

    Additional Info:

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

    The BDS shop will be avaliable if you wish to purchase books and BDS merchandise.


  • Saturday 11th November
    Brackenhurst Campus, Nottingham Trent University NG25 0QF


    DaNES Insect Show

    The British Dragonfly Society will be attending the The Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Entomological Society's Annual Insect Show at Nottingham Trent University. This popular event hosts a range of organisations and individuals from the world of entomology, and offers the oppotunity to attend fascinating talks, demonstrations and live exhibits. A variety of books and entomological equipment will be on sale, and refreshements will be avaliable to purchase at the event's cafe. 


    David Goddard

    Contact Email:

    Event open from 10:30 to 16:30

    Free entry and parking. Disabled access and toilets.

  • Fri 1st to Sun 3rd of September 2017
    Camperdown Park, Dundee, Tayside


    Dundee Flower & Food Festival

    Join us in the Woodlands 4 Yew tent at this fantastic festival. Get help with your dragonfly ID and recording and find out all about the local Dragonfly Hotspots.



    Event organisers at Dundee City Council


    Contact Email:

    Next to the Tayside Biodiversity Partnership in the Woodlands 4 Yew tent at the east end of the site.


    Food can be purchased at the festival. Toilets are on site.

    Additional Info:
  • Sunday, 27th August 2017
    Glen Affric, Highland


    Glen Affric Peatland Restoration Project Volunteer Day

    We will be working on sites which were previously used as forestry plantations, blocking the drainage ditches to retain the water and removing small trees which would dry out the wetland, thus restarting the natural peatland creation processes. 


    Colin Hall, Scottish Group Area Co-ordinator

    Contact Email:

    At the Cannich Hall, Cannich, Strathglass, Inverness-shire, IV4 7LY at 9.30am.



    Please wear old, warm clothes and bring waterproofs and wellies or sturdy boots as it will be a muddy task (but great fun of course!). Bring your lunch, some water and a hot drink.

    Additional Info:

    Directions to the village hall can be found here The day will last from 9.30am to approx 3pm.

  • Saturday19th August, 2017
    Kincardine Community Centre & Devilla Forest, Fife


    Dragonfly & Damselfly ID Workshop

    Would you like to find out how to identify species of Dragonfly and Damselfly found in Central Scotland? If so, this workshop is for you! No prior experience or skill is necessary as the morning will be spent indoors learning the basics about ID and recording. We will then go to an outdoor location to have the chance to put your skills into practice.


    the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative

    Contact Email:

    At 10am at Kincardine Community Centre, Anderson Lane, Kincardine, FK10 4SF.


    Getting There on Public Transport

    The Glasgow to Leven X27 Stagecoach stops at the High St in Kincardine, two minutes’ walk from Kincardine Community Centre


    Please bring a packed lunch and a drink. To get the most out of the workshop we suggest you bring a pen and notebook, plus any ID guides that you have. Please ensure that you wear sturdy shoes or boots for the afternoon session which is wholly out of doors whatever the weather. Please bring/wear suitable clothes for the changeable weather such as waterproof coat, sun hat, insect repellent and sun cream.

    Additional Info:

    Booking essential

  • Tuesday 15th August, 2017
    National Trust Carding Mill Valley, Shropshire


    Discovering Dragonflies

    This year Shropshire County Recorder Sue Rees Evans is running 2 dragonfly identification workshops at Carding Mill Valley. Aimed at beginners participants will learn to identify a range of species throughout both sessions. Classroom inputs during the morning will focus on identification of dragonflies (session one) and damselflies (session two). Following a brief lunch the afternoons will be spent outside at 2 different locations on the Long Mynd putting identification skills to the test. 

    Contact Email:

     Please report to the National Trust’s chalet pavilion at Carding Mill Valley, Church Stretton, Shropshire, SY6 6JG. The workshop will start at 10am and finish at 2pm. For further directions see:


    Packed lunch essential. Wellies/walking boots and waterproofs as we will be venturing out! Total walking will be no more than 1km. Identification guides and hand lens if owned.

    Additional Info:

    Booking essential.

    Cost: £10 per session. For those who wish, the latest  ‘Field Guide to the damselflies and dragonflies of Britain and Ireland’  by D. Smallshire & A. Swash will be available for purchase at £17.95 (correct cash/cheque only).

    NB: Weather permitting both afternoons will be spent at pools on top of the Long Mynd so some participants will need to drive and car sharing will be very much appreciated.

  • Tuesday 15 August, 2017
    Crombie Country Park, near Monikie, Angus.


    Crombie Hotspot's Dragons and Damsels

    Discover the dragonflies and damselflies present in the park and find out how to tell the difference between them, hear fascinating folklore facts and spot both adults and larvae! 


    Daniele Muir, Scotland Officer

    Contact Email:

    Meet at 2pm in the car park - parking charges apply. The walk will last 1.5 to 2 hours.


    Bring waterproofs, warm clothes & sturdy shoes/ boots. Booking is not necessary.

    Additional Info:

    Details of how to find Crombie are here:

    For details of how to get there via public transport see:


  • Sunday 13th August 2017
    North Yorkshire


    Dragonflies of Jugger Howe, Fylingdales Moor

    Joint meeting with Cleveland Field Naturalists

    Join us to discover the dragonflies and damselflies found at this great site in the North York Moors.


    Keith Gittens: 01347 868606

    Contact Email:

    At 10.30am. Park in layby off the A171 at NZ945002 walking across the moor to Jugger Howe beck.


    Sturdy footwear is advisable. 

    Additional Info:

    If time permits we will visit Harwood Dale ponds also.

  • Sunday 13th August 2017
    Thursley & Elstead Commons, Surrey


    Dragonflies of Thursley & Elstead Commons

    We will be taking a walk on these fantastic dragonfly sites in search of late summer dragonflies. Target species: Black Darter and Brown Hawker.


    David Hepper: 07768 452365

    Contact Email:

    At 10:30 at The Moat car park, SU 8995 4162. Limited parking; please team up if possible.


    Getting There by Public Transport

    10:10 at Milford Station. Lifts may be possible contact the leader in advance.


    Walking boots recommended. No facilities nearby; bring lunch.

    Additional Info:

    We'll be keeping to the tracks and board walks on this NNR but there is some rough and wet ground.

  • Saturday 12th August 2017
    Abbey Green Park, Polesworth and Alvecote Pooley Fields, Warwickshire.


    In Search of Dragonflies!

    The Abbey Green Park is beside the River Anker. During the winter 2013/2014 a significant amount of work improving the water bodies on the site was undertaken by the council, in consultation with the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. At a field meeting in 2015 nine species were recorded. The aim of this meeting is to see what is here in late summer and, hopefully, to extend the site species list.

    There is an additional exciting possibility. The River Anker here is ideal habitat for Willow Emerald Damselfly. Might we find the first individual of the species at the meeting? The nearest record for the species is only about 25 miles to the east.


    Depending on available time, a visit may be made to nearby Alvecote Pools.


     Peter Reeve (BDS Warwickshire Dragonfly Recorder): 01926 632400 (Contact number on the day only: 07980064079)

    Contact Email:

    Meet for 10.30am start at the Abbey Green car park. Grid ref. SK262021; post code B78 1HB.

    For map see the meetings page on:


    Bring lunch and strong footwear.

    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 12th August 2017
    Craven Arms, Shropshire


    Discover Dragonflies Walk

    at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

    Join Genevieve Dalley, Conservation Officer of the British Dragonfly Society, as she explores the wonderful wetland habitats of the Discovery Centre and discovers late summer dragonflies!

    Contact Email:

    Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre: 

    Grid reference SO 435 825

    SAT NAV via post code SY7 9RS


    Getting There by Public Transport

    More information can be found on the SHDC website:


    Book your place with the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.

    Additional Info:

    This event is FREE to attend and child-friendly.

  • Saturday 12th August 2017


    Dragonfly ID at Three Crosses, Gower

    Join Dr Deborah Sazer of Wild Gower / Gŵyr Gwyllt to learn how to identify and manage habitats for the dragonflies and damselflies on the Gower

    Morning: Three Crosses Village Hall (parking available) for an indoor presentation and visit to Crwys Community Woodland pond

    Afternoon: Visit to pond at Gelli-hir Wood, Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales



    To book please contact SEWBReC: 02920 641110

    Contact Email:

    Morning: Three Crosses Village Hall (parking available):

    10:30am to 4:00pm


    Free Course but BOOKING ESSENTIAL - only a few places left

    Tea and coffee provided, please bring lunch

    Please wear suitable footwear and clothing

    Additional Info:

    Some rough ground, unfortunately not suitable for wheelchairs

    Not suitable for children under 12

  • Tuesday 8th August 2017
    Pinkery Outdoor Education Centre, Devon


    Discover Exmoor's Dragonflies 

    Join local expert, active member of the BDS and co-author of  'Britain's Dragonflies', Dave Smallshire, to learn the principles of dragonfly identification and field survey techniques. The day will consist of an indoor session in the morning, followed by outdoor fieldwork in the afternoon.


    Exmoor National Park Authority: 01398 323665 or visit the website.

    Contact Email:

    Pinkery Outdoor Education Centre (SS723411) 
    Simonsbath TA24 7LL
    United Kingdom  


    Booking essential via the Exmoor National Park Authority

    Additional Info:

    Please bring lunch, drink, waterproof boots and outdoor clothing.