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 24th June 2011
    Margam Discovery Centre, Margam Park, Port Talbot

    Event:

    Introduction to Dragonflies, Butterflies and Moths

    Contact:

    Field Studies Council Tel: 0845 3454071 (Local rate phone call - UK only) or 01743 852100

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    Tutor: Ian Smith

    This course introduces you to dragonflies, butterflies and moths, their life histories and how to observe, capture and identify them without harming them.  We shall visit some nearby species-rich nature reserve sites to observe the day-flying species.  In the evenings we will set live traps and lures around Margam to reveal the unseen diversity and abundance of moths.  The course will also introduce ways to continue your interest and conservation of these insects near to home or within your own garden.

  • Saturday 25th June 2011
    Lakenheath Fen RSPB reserve, Suffolk

    Event:

    A Walk led by Dr Pam Taylor to identify a broad range of dragonfly species and other wildlife on this relatively new RSPB reserve. To link with the national atlas project, an introduction to dragonfly recording will be included.

    Contact:

    Bookings via RSPB - Tel: 01842 863400

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    Meet:

    10.30am at Lakenheath Fen Visitors Centre (TL722864), finishing at approx 1.00pm. The RSPB reserve is 2 miles north of Lakenheath village between the river and the railway. For further directions see http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/l/lakenheathfen/directions.asp

    Requirements:

    Booking via RSPB essential. Numbers strictly limited.
    The RSPB will be charging a small fee for this event: £4 adults, £2 children, half price for RSPB members.

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  • Sunday 26th June 2011
    Morton Castle, Dumfries

    Event:

    Castles & Dragons

    Contact:

    Buccleuch Ranger Service 01848 331555, or visit www.drumlanrig.com

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    Meet:

    Morton Castle

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    2pm - 4pm.  A guided walk around Morton Castle and its Loch to learn about the abundant dragonflies and the Castle history.  Booking essential.  £3 per person

  • Sat 1st July - Mon 3rd July 2011
    Flatford Mill Field Studies Centre, East Bergholt, Suffolk

    Event:

    Identifying Dragonflies and Damselflies course

    Contact:

    Field Studies Council Tel: 0845 3454071 (Local rate phone call - UK only) or 01743 852100

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    Tutor: Steve Cham

    This course introduces the identification, life history, behaviour and conservation of these beautiful and fascinating insects.  Adults and nymphs may be netted for examination then released unharmed.  It is designed for countryside professionals, amateur naturalists and teachers.

    Full details

  • Saturday 2nd July 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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    Meet:

    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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  • Saturday 2nd July 2011
    Clophill, Bedfordshire

    Event:

    Explore the Sandy Smith NR, Clophill, mainly for butterflies and dragonflies with BNHS Recorders. Joint meeting with Greensand Trust Passport 2011.

    Leader: Peter Glenister and BNHS Recorders

    Contact:

     

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

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    Meet:

    From A507 turn into Clophill Road, then right into the lane, park and meet on track at TL109387, at 10.30am.

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  • Sunday 3rd July 2011
    Pippingford Park, Sussex

    Event:

    The habitat comprises wooded lakes with adjacent open heath with pools for local acid loving species such as Small Red Damselfly and Keeled Skimmer. The lakes are a stronghold for Brilliant Emerald which should be holding territory and with others emerging. Last year’s visit to this site produced 15 species.

    Contact:

    David Chelmick

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    Meet:

    10:30 at lay-by on A22 (TQ 437302) we will then drive in convoy through private land to the Park

    Requirements:

    Lunch, binoculars, camera. Walking poles maybe helpful as the heath is very uneven. Total walking 3.0 km

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  • Sunday 3rd July 2011
    Yorkshire Museum & Gardens, York

    Event:

    RES Insect Festival 2011

    Contact:

    Luke Tilley - luke.tilley@york.ac.uk (General enquiries and activities)
    Julie North - julie.north@hse.gsi.gov.uk (Exhibitor enquiries)
    Gordon Port - gordon.port@newcastle.ac.uk (Press enquiries)

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    Given the huge success of the first Royal Entomological Society Insect Festival in 2009 we are repeating the event in 2011. This year the event will be bigger and better, with even more exhibits and activities for the public to enjoy.  The aim of Insect Festival is to raise public awareness of insects and entomology, a great opportunity to discover the fascinating world of insects.

    There will be a wide range of exhibits and activities, including:

    Live insect displays (bees, hoverflies, aquatic insects and more)
    CSI: Crime Scene Insects
    Minibeast hunts around the Museum Gardens with experienced entomologists
    National and regional natural history societies
    The National Insect Week award-winning photographic display
    Entomology book and equipment sellers
    A Chance to build your own insect home for your garden
    Face painting, creepy-crawly cupcakes, insect art and much much more.....

  • Sunday 3rd July 2011
    Grimston Village Hall and NWT Roydon Common, Norfolk

    Event:

    Dragonflies for Beginners workshop with Dr Pam Taylor

    Contact:

    Booking essential via Norfolk Wildlife Trust – Tel 01603 598333

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    Requirements:

    Please bring wellies or boots, insect repellent if required and a packed lunch.

    Additional Info:

    An indoor session on general identification, behaviour and life cycles will be followed by an afternoon in the field, weather permitting. Alternative activities may be possible in poor weather. Workshop is free. Grimston Village Hall. Full details will be available when booking. The course will start at 10.30am and run until approximately 3.30pm.

  • Monday 4th July 2011
    Flatford Mill Field Studies Centre, East Bergholt, Suffolk

    Event:

    Dragonflies and Damselflies in Eastern England

    Contact:

    Field Studies Council Tel: 0845 3454071 (Local rate phone call - UK only) or 01743 852100

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    Tutor: Steve Cham

    This new day course introduces the dragonfly and damselfly species typically found in Eastern England and also looks at the more recent colonists and possible new arrivals.  A short field excursion will complement the presentations on identification and natural history.  The course fee includes a home-made lunch.

  • Fri 8th - Sun 10 July 2011
    Preston Montford Field Centre, Montford Bridge, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

    Event:

    Dragonflies and Damselflies

    Contact:

    Field Studies Council Tel: 0845 3454071 (Local rate phone call - UK only) or 01743 852100

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    Tutor: Ian Cheeseborough

    Shropshire's freshwater habitats boast a total of 29 different species of dragonfly.  Some are uncommon, all are visibly stunning and fascinating to watch as they fly over ponds, rivers and upland flushes.  Emphasis will be on field identification skills and appreciation of the ecology of these beautiful and primitive insects.

  • Sunday 10th July 2011
    Black Pond, Esher, Surrey

    Event:

    We hope to see Brilliant Emerald, following our success in 2008, and review the recent major works at the site.

    Contact:

    Don Tagg (01252 322793) or on the day David Hepper (07768 452365)

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    Meet:

    Meet at the car park opposite Blackhills Close on the A307 Portsmouth Road, grid ref. TQ 1255 6269

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  • Sunday 10th July 2011
    Lenzie Moss, Lenzie

    Event:

    Come and find out about the Dragonflies that live on Lenzie Moss, as it is under-recorded there may be a few surprises to be found.

    Contact:

    Jonathan Willet. 07740 216595

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    Meet:

    Lenzie Rugby Club. Time: 10am - 12.30pm and 1.30– 4pm, GR: NS651722

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    Distance: 3km

  • Saturday 16th July 2011
    Kingsbury Water Park, Bodymoor Heath, Warwickshire

    Event:

    To survey this extensive area of mature flooded sand and gravel pits that constitute the Water Park. Eighteen species have been recorded in the Park.

    Contact:

    Peter Reeve (01926 632400) Only on the day of the event: 07980064079

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    Meet:

    10.15 for 10.30am at the Broomy Croft car park, SP202969 (this is not the main visitor centre car park but further west across the M42). The current charge for parking is £2.50. For map go to: www.warwickshiredragonflies.org.uk  meetings page.

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    Bring strong footwear and a packed lunch

  • Saturday 16th July 2011
    Hartpury Orchard Centre, Glos

    Event:

    A walk to look for Odonata species at this wetland site. 14 species were recorded in 2010, including Erythromma viridulum (which was a new location for this species in 2010).

    Contact:

    Ingrid and Colin Twissell. Tel: 01452-714413. Contact number on the day only: 07811781930

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    Meet:

    10:30am at Hartpury Orchard Centre: SO785254 (car park). Take the A417 to Hartpury, in the centre of the village turn into Corse End Lane, (on the left if coming from Gloucester) continue until a sharp right-hand turn, signposted Blackwell’s End Green, take this turn and after approx 500 metres the Hartpury Orchard Centre and car park is on your right.

    Requirements:

    Strong footwear or wellingtons. The centre will be open for use of the facilities, with grateful thanks to the owner, but bring a packed lunch as there is no cafe/restaurant on site.

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  • Mon 18th - Fri 22nd July 2011
    Kindrogan Field Studies Centre, Enochdhu, Blairgowrie, Perthshire

    Event:

    Dragonflies and Damselflies

    Contact:

    Field Studies Council Tel: 0845 3454071 (Local rate phone call - UK only) or 01743 852100

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    This course will look at the dragonflies and damselflies to be found in Scotland, including identification of exuviae and larvae if available.  The course will be useful for both amateur naturalists and professional ecologists looking to expand their experience and knowledge.  The course will also provide a taster for moths, butterflies, hoverflies, grasshoppers, beetles and bugs.

  • Fri 22nd - Sun 24th July 2011
    Slapton Ley Field Centre, Slapton, Kingsbridge, Devon

    Event:

    Dragonflies

    Contact:

     

    Field Studies Council Tel: 0845 3454071 (Local rate phone call - UK only) or 01743 852100

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    Tutor: Dave Smallshire

    This course will give a thorough grounding in dragonflies and damselflies, concentrating on the wide range of species that occurs in south Devon.  Indoor and field sessions will cover dragonfly biology, the identification of adults and larvae, conservation and habitat requirements.

  • Sunday 31st July 2011
    Moortown Bottom, Gidleigh, NE Dartmoor, Devon

    Event:

    This is the only site on Dartmoor holding both Southern Hawker and Small Red-eyed Damselfly, plus characteristic moorland species like Golden-ringed Dragonfly and Black Darter.

    Contact:

    Simon Mitchell (01626 214585)

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    Meet:

    10.00am near the cattle grid at Moortown (SX663892), 1km NW of Gidleigh; finish early afternoon, but optional afternoon visit to Gidleigh Common, depending on weather.

    Requirements:

    Wellies essential and lunch recommended.

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  • Wednesday 3rd August 2011
    Potton Wood, Bedfordshire

    Event:

     

    Morning visit to Potton Wood and afternoon to Gamlingay Wood mainly for butterflies and dragonflies with BNHS Recorders. 

     

    Leader: Ian Woiwood  

     

     

    Contact:

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

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    Meet:

     

    Meet and park by the water tower, TL247496, at 10.00am. 

     

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  • Sunday 7th August 2011
    Lakenheath Fen RSPB reserve, Suffolk

    Event:

    Walk led by Dr Pam Taylor, to identify a broad range of dragonfly species and other wildlife on this relatively new RSPB reserve. To link with the national atlas project, an introduction to dragonfly recording will be included.

    Contact:

    Numbers strictly limited. Booking via RSPB essential - Tel: 01842 863400

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    10.30am. at Lakenheath Fen Visitors Centre (TL722864), finishing at approx 1.00pm. The RSPB reserve is 2 miles north of Lakenheath village between the river and the railway. For further directions see http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/l/lakenheathfen/directions.asp.

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    Additional Info:

    The RSPB will be charging a small fee for this event: £4 adults, £2 children, half price for RSPB members

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