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 May 15th 2011
    Ellesmere Boat House

    Event:

    Meres and Mosses Festival

    Contact:

    Lisa Barlow on 01743 284280

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    Family festival with fun activities, demonstrations, displays.
    Shropshire Wildlife Trust and Natural England have joined forces with Shropshire County Council, Shropshire Sailing Club & other local conservation groups to celebrate the internationally important landscape of the Meres & Mosses at this family festival with fun activities, demonstrations, displays, information, local food and refreshments.

  • Wednesday 18th May 2011
    Little Paxton Pits Reserve, Little Paxton, Cambs

    Event:

    Day trip to Little Paxton Pits Reserve, Little Paxton, Cambs. for Variable Damselfly.

    Leaders: David & Karen Anderson


    Contact:

    David Anderson via http://Dragonflies@BNHS.org.uk

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    Meet:

    Reserve car park, off High Street, TL195629, at 10.30am  

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  • Thu/Fri 19th/20th May 2011
    FBA River Laboratory, Dorset

    Event:

    Freshwater Biological Association (FBA) training course in identifying larval dragonflies and damselflies

    Contact:

    FBA at events@fba.org.uk or ring 015394 42468

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    Tutor: Steve Cham

    This two day course focuses on the larval stages and exuviae (skins) of British Odonata. It will include sampling methods, field and laboratory identification, and an overview of dragonfly ecology and life histories. Steve Cham is the organiser of the Dragonfly Recording Network and author of the 'Field guide to the larvae and exuviae of British dragonflies. Volume 1: Dragonflies' and the recently published 'Field guide to the larvae and exuviae of British dragonflies. Volume 2: Damselflies'.

    For a full course programme including these, and all our other courses, and a downloadable booking form, please visit www.fba.org.uk/fba-training-courses.

  • Saturday 21st May 2011
    Pensthorpe, Norfolk (home of BBC Springwatch 2008-2010)

    Event:

    Wild about the Wensum

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    10am to 5pm.  Visit the BDS stand at this event that promotes environmental and community charities along the River Wensum Valley. Further details via http://www.pensthorpe.com.  Admission to Pensthorpe on the day is free, but a £4 car park charge will raise money for butterfly projects.

  • Sat 21st May 2011
    Chartley Moss, Staffordshire

    Event:

    Bouncing Bogs and Dragonflies

    Contact:

    Mel Brown Tel: 01952 812111

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    11am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm

    Requirements:

    Booking is essential
    For more information and to book your place please contact Mel Brown.

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    A joint event with the Natural England. The event will involve a tour of this amazing floating peat bog with a chance to observe a variety of the reserves 20 dragonfly species including our rare White-faced Darter dragonfly in its most southerly known location in Britain!

  • Wednesday 25th May 2011
    Roxton, Bedfordshire

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    Dragonfly Survey along the River Ouse for Scarce Chaser. 

    Leader: David & Karen Anderson

     

    Contact:

    David Anderson via http://Dragonflies@BNHS.org.uk

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    Meet and park in Ford Lane running from Roxton Village to the River, TL158540, at 10.00am.

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  • Sat 28th May 2011
    Shapwick Heath NNR, by Glastonbury

    Event:

    The jewels of the Avalon Marshes

    Contact:

    Jonathan Willet Tel: 07740 216595

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    Peat Moors Centre Car Park GR: ST425413 1-3 p.m.

    Requirements:

    4kms please bring sensible footwear.

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    Come and celebrate 24hrs of wildlife watching by discovering all about the fascinating dragonflies and damselflies of Shapwick Heath on of the jewels of the Avalon Marshes.

  • Sunday 29th May 2011
    River Avon, Marlcliff, Warwickshire

    Event:

    The first occurence in the county of Scarce Chaser was made here last year, 2010. We will look for it this year and hope to find proof of breeding for the species. The river is also a well-established breeding site for Club-tailed Dragonflies and we can fully expect to find this species.

    Contact:

    Peter Reeve (01926 632400 or 07980064079 only on day of event)

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    There is a small car park on the river bank at Marlcliff approached down a track from the village (SP093505). For map go to www.warwickshire-dragonflies.org.uk meetings page.

    Requirements:

    Bring strong footwear and a packed lunch.

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  • Sunday 29th May 2011
    Stover Country Park and Little Bradley Ponds, Devon

    Event:

    A chance to look for early-season species like Hairy Dragonfly and Downy Emerald, plus exuviae collection and identification.

    Contact:

    Dave Smallshire (01626 853393)

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    10:00 a.m. at the visitor centre (SX833751; entrance off A382 to Newton Abbot, 300m from A38, 10 miles from M5), moving to Little Bradley after lunch and finishing at 4:00 p.m.

    Requirements:

    Bring lunch, wellies and close-focus binoculars. Pay and display car park.

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  • Sunday 5th June 2011
    Grand Western Canal, Devon

    Event:

    To look for Scarce Chaser, Red-eyed Damselfly and maybe Hairy Dragonfly.

    Contact:

    Dave Smallshire 01626 853393

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    At 10.00am at Ebear Bridge, Westleigh (ST060163): take A361 from M5 at junction 27; in 500m take slip road (signpost Tiverton Parkway); turn right at first and right at second roundabouts; follow minor road for 2 miles until alongside straight section with canal on left; park before canal bridge. The meeting will end at lunchtime.

    Requirements:

    Close-focus binoculars will be helpful. Car park.

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  • July 9th to July 16th 2011
    Palude di San Genuario (VC), Italy

    Event:

    SKUA Nature is proposing a new Summer School entitled Biology, conservation and identification of Dragonflies included in our international project Western Palearctic Professional Nature Schools.

    The Summer School is entirely dedicated to the discovery of the fascinating world of dragonflies at the Parco Fluviale del Po e dell’Orba (Italy) from July 9th to July 16th 2011. The course base is the Palude di San Genuario (VC), Natura 2000 Site, a territory rich in biodiversity, characterised by the presence of several artificial and natural wetland areas. It's one of the best italian spot for dragonflies and it's also inhabited by many interesting species of birds, amphibians and reptiles. This Natural Reserve will hold the first italian Dragonfly Centre!

    An intensive and practical training course, with the aim of presenting the conservation issues concerning Odonata at a European level, using Italy, one of the few Countries with the highest number of dragonflies species, as a case study, and facing theoretically and practically the use of these insects for the evaluation of environmental changes.

    Main topics:• Ecology and distribution of European dragonflies

    • Identification and monitoring techniques
    • Management and conservation strategies – threats analysis
    and case study
    • Map interpretation
    • Specimen preservation for scientific studies

    Lectures, fieldworks and excursions will be held by internationally known experts on dragonfly.

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    A discount on the participation costs will be dedicated to SKUA Card owners and students under 26.

    To receive the DETAILED PROGRAMME please contact us at: pns.skua@gmail.com

    There is a limited number of places available, and places will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

  • Saturday 11th June 2011
    Rodley Nature Reserve, Rodley, Leeds

    Event:

    Celebrate the start of National Dragonfly Week and the Rodley NR Springwatch event

    Contact:

    Tom Hubball Tel: 01535 678334 after 6pm

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    Meet:

    Rodley Nature Reserve Car Park GR: SE227361 10am. Turn off A657 Rodley Town Street, next to Barker's factory. Cross the swing bridge, go through the gates and the car park is on the left.

    Requirements:

    Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Light refreshments are available at Reserve Visitor Centre.

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    See how the specially constructed dragonfly pools have matured over the past couple of years and find out which species have colonised them.

  • Saturday 11th June 2011
    Wicken Fen National Trust nature reserve, Lode Lane, Wicken, Cambs

    Event:

    Dragonfly Day with the Dragonfly Partnership

    Contact:

    National Trust, Wicken Fen Tel: 01353 720274

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    Lots of activities on offer from the BDS, Dragonfly Project and National Trust throughout the day including walks, larva feeding demonstrations, making model dragonflies, pond dipping and lots more.
    Join us from 10.00am onwards in the Dragonfly Centre and out on the reserve.  Normal charges apply for the car park and reserve (non-NT members). Activities are free.

  • Wednesday 15th June 2011
    Westmoor near Muchelney, South Somerset, Ponds owned by Richard England & John Leach

    Event:

    To examine the diversity of habitats provided by Richard’s commercial fishing ponds, John’s very different conservation pond and the rhynes of Westmoor. Important species include Coenagrion pulchellum, Brachytron pratense, Libellula fulva and Sympetrum sanguineum.

    Contact:

    Mike Parr, 01460 241960

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    10.30am at the England’s entrance to their Camping & Caravan Park and Fishing Lakes; MR: ST 429 232 (at Thorney) (TA10 0DW). There is ample parking and toilet 400m away at the ponds.

    Requirements:

    Please PRE-BOOK as numbers will be limited to15. Leave your contact number when booking. Wellies/walking boots, binocs, camera, net, etc. Identification guides. Dogs welcome on lead. Total walking distance approx. 4-5km.

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  • Thursday 16th June 2011
    Colney Woodland Burial Park, Norfolk

    Event:

    Dragonflies and other wildlife

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    Full details (no longer available)

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    Starts at 6.00 pm.  Talk about wetland habitats, dragonflies and other wildlife, from delicate damselflies to majestic red deer stags.  Tickets cost £5.00 per person including refreshments.

  • Saturday18th & Sunday19th June 2011
    Bristol Harbourside

    Event:

    Bristol Festival of Nature

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    The biggest event of its kind in the UK, this festival gives wildlife enthusiasts of all ages the opportunity to explore, enjoy and get close to the natural world – all free of charge.

    Explore the ‘What’s On’ pages of this website to find out about the activities, workshops, talks and entertainment that will be happening across the weekend.

  • Saturday 18th June 2011
    Countess Wear and Exminster Marshes, Devon

    Event:

    An introduction to the dragonflies and damselflies of still and flowing waters

    Contact:

    Dave Smallshire (01626 853393)

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    10.00 a.m. in the rowing club car park at SX941894 (turn left off the A379 westbound, immediately before the swing bridge) moving to Exminster Marshes (SX 950880) for lunch.

    Requirements:

    Bring lunch if staying for the afternoon.  Binoculars will be helpful.

    Additional Info:

    Chances of seeing Red-eyed Damselfly, White-legged Damselfly and Banded Demoiselle, Hairy Dragonfly, Emperor, Black-tailed Skimmer and hopefully Scarce Chasers.  Finish by 4 p.m.

  • Saturday 18th June 2011
    Mere Sands Wood visitors' centre, near Rufford, Lancashire

    Event:

    Dr. Phil Smith will be giving his annual talk and walk around the reserve, identifying dragonflies. Organized by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust.

    Contact:

    Dr. Phil Smith (01704 821809)

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    1 to 3 p.m. at the visitor centre.

    Requirements:

    Booking Essential

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  • Sunday 19th June 2011
    Oakhill, Goole

    Event:

    A joint field trip with Friends of Oakhill and Goole and District Natural History Society.

    Contact:

    Tom Hubball Tel: 01535 678334 after 6pm

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    Oakhill Car Park GR: SE728231 10.30am. Leave M62 at Junction 36, towards Goole on A614, take second road on right and proceed through 'no entry' signs to car park

    Requirements:

    Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.  Bring packed lunch.

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  • Sunday 19th June 2011
    Thursley Common NNR, Surrey

    Event:

    Thursley Common NNR, Surrey for heathland birds and a good variety of dragonflies.

     

    Leaders: Pete Soper for birds with Karen and David Anderson, County Dragonfly Recorders  

     

    Contact:

     

    David Anderson via http://Dragonflies@BNHS.org.uk

     

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    Meet in reserve car park, SU900417 (map 186), on B3001, south of Elstead at 9.00am.

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