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 14th August 2011
    Braunton Burrows, North Devon

    Event:

    A joint Devon Group/Devonshire Association meeting to see Ruddy Darter and other species associated with the dune ponds

    Contact:

    John Breeds 01271 812552

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    10:30am at Sandy Lane car park (SS463350). From Barnstaple, turn left off the A361 in Braunton at the traffic lights onto the B2321; then turn left at staggered crossroads, following the signs to Braunton Burrows. A car parking charge may apply. The meeting will end by 4:00 p.m.

    Requirements:

    Bring lunch.

    Additional Info:
  • Friday 19th to Sunday 21st August 2011
    Egleton Nature Reserve, Rutland Water

    Event:

    The British Birdwatching Fair

    Contact Email:
    Meet:
    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    Come and visit us on the joint British Dragonfly Society and Dragonfly Project stand at this hugely popular event.  You will need a whole day, if not more, to visit all the marquees. Various wildlife talks and other events take place on site throughout the entire weekend.  For more details please see the official Birdfair website.

  • Saturday 20th August 2011
    Alton Water, Lemons Hill, Tattingstone, Suffolk

    Event:

    Targeting the Willow Emerald which was here in large numbers and showing breeding behaviour in 2010

    Contact:

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

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    10.45 for 11am at the Lemons Hill Bridge car park, TM136377. For map go to: www.warwickshire-dragonflies.org.uk  meetings page.

    Requirements:

    Bring strong footwear and a packed lunch

    Additional Info:

    If time permits a further site will be visited in the area. The meeting will provide an opportunity to become familiar with this novel species.  Alton Water is conveniently positioned for access from Central England using the A14.

  • Wednesday 24th August 2011
    Bromham and Felmersham NR’s, Bedfordshire

    Event:

     

    Morning walk around Bromham Lake LNR for water boatmen, insects and possible Wasp Spider.

    Afternoon walk around Felmersham NR for dragonflies and low growing plants after the recent clearance.

    Leaders: Peter Almond and Tony Smith

     

    Contact:

     

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

     

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

     

    Morning: Meet and park at the reserve car park towards the end of Lower Farm Road, Bromham (off Oakley Road), TL025517, at 10.30am.

    Afternoon: Park in the reserve car park on the road north of Felmersham towards Sharnbrook, SP987583, at 1.45pm.  

     

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:
  • Sunday 11th September 2011
    Marton near Macclesfield

    Event:

    Wildlife and Outdoor World Extravaganza 2011

    Contact:

    Macclesfield RSPB Group

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Marton Heath Trout Pools, Pikelow Farm, School Lane, Marton, Nr Macclesfield, SK11 9HD

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    10.00 - 17:00

    Adults: £4 Under 16s: £2 Children under 5 years: FREE

  • Sun 2nd October - Wed 5th October 2011
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Event:

    The Sixth International Symposium on Molecular Insect Science

    Contact:

    Chantaire Collins

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    Meet:
    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    This is the first of the series to be held outside of the USA. Previous Symposia, organized by the University of Arizona’s Center for Insect Science, have been met with great enthusiasm. By holding this in Amsterdam, in collaboration with Elsevier, it is hoped that the meeting will be even more accessible to scientists and their students in Europe, in the New World, Asia, Australasia, and elsewhere.

    Full details

  • Saturday 15th October 2011
    Easton College, Norwich, Norfolk

    Event:

    Wild about Norfolk

    Contact:

    Details on OPAL website www.opalexplorenature.org/node/939

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    Additional Info:

    10am to 4pm.  Come and visit us on the BDS stand at this Wildlife Conservation Fair. The 2010 event had over 2,000 visitors and 50 exhibitors, including information stands, environmental games and lots of activities for old and young alike.  Admission free

  • Saturday 22nd October 2011
    Dame Hannah Rogers Trust, Hannah’s at Seale-Hayne, Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ

    Event:

    British Dragonfly Society Members Day - 28th annual meeting of the BDS

    Contact:

    Dorothy Gennard

    Contact Email:
    Meet:
    Requirements:

    Please bring a packed lunch.  Tea and coffee will be available during the meeting.

    Additional Info:

    10.00am – 5.00pm.  If you wish to display a poster please contact the Conservation Officer, Claire Install.
    For any other queries please contact Dorothy Gennard.  The final programme will be on the website shortly before the event.

  • Sunday 22nd April 2012
    Brandon Marsh Nature Centre, Warwickshire

    Event:

    Larvae identification workshop

    Contact:

    Peter Reeve (01926 632400) email:  peter@reeve60.org.uk. Contact number on the day only:  0790 064079

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    10.15 for 10.30am for the start in the Barn at the Nature Centre. (SP 386761). For map see: http://warwickshire-dragonflies.org.uk/wdg/meetings.php

    Requirements:

    Bring strong footwear, lunch or eat at the Nature Centre café.  Pre-booking for the day is essential. Place confirmed on receipt of payment.

    Additional Info:

    Indoor and outdoor sessions to be held at the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Nature Centre. There is a charge of £15.00 per person payable to Warwickshire Wildlife Trust to cover costs and to contribute to equipment for recording. Refreshments but not lunch included.  Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

  • Saturday 28th April 2012
    Preston Montford Field Centre, Shropshire

    Event:

    Recording Dragonflies workshop

    Contact:

    Sue McLamb 01584876163 or email mclamb1@btinternet.com

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Course will start at 10.30am at Preston Montford Field Centre (SJ433143) and finish at 3.30pm. Please report to reception on arrival. For further directions see
    http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/prestonmontford/location.aspx

    Requirements:

    Booking essential.  Wellies/walking boots in case we venture out! Total walking if applicable will be no more than 1km. Identification guides if owned.

    Additional Info:

    All beginners and enthusiasts are welcomed to this course which will introduce dragonflies and the skills needed for identification. Indoor sessions will be followed by a free lunch courtesy of Invertebrate Challenge before the afternoon focus moves to essential recording know how and the BDS National Atlas project. Weather permitting the course will culminate with some hands on identification either via a short field walk or a fun quiz so participants feel confident they can really go out and record dragonflies.

  • Sunday 29th April 2012
    Stover Country Park and Little Bradley Ponds, Devon

    Event:

    Looking for early Hairy Dragonflies

    Contact:

    Dave Smallshire 01626 853393

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    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 at Stover.

    Additional Info:

    A chance to look for early Hairy Dragonflies and to dip for larvae, plus exuviae collection and identification.

  • Saturday 19th May 2012
    Hawes Water and Leighton Moss

    Event:

    Looking for possible signs of Hairy Dragonfly

    Contact:

    Colin Adams  - Contact by email or tel: 01772 498247.

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    We will meet at Silverdale Railway Station at 10:15 (arrival time of the train from Lancaster and the south). A circular walk of approximately 3 miles will take us to Hawes Water, where a Hairy Dragonfly was seen in 2009, then on to Leighton Moss Trowbridge LNR. If there is still time, those who wish may go on to Bank Well, which is about another mile each way.

    Requirements:

    Booking is essential as the meeting is limited to 20 people.  Bring a packed lunch.

    Additional Info:

    Entrance to Leighton Moss is free for members of the RSPB, or to anyone travelling by public transport (retain your ticket).  Others will need to pay £5.00 (£3.00 for concessions).

  • Saturday 19th May
    Pensthorpe, Norfolk

    Event:

    Wild about the Wensum

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    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    Event at Pensthorpe, Norfolk  (home of BBC Springwatch 2008-2010). Visit the BDS stand at this event that promotes environmental and community charities along the River Wen-sum Valley.  Further details via http://www.pensthorpe.com - Admission to Pensthorpe on the day is free, but a car park charge will raise money for dragonfly projects.

  • Saturday 19th May 2012
    Aqualate Mere, Newport, Staffordshire

    Event:

    Aqualate Mere Spring Ramble

    Contact:

    Mel Brown Email: mel.brown@naturalengland.org.uk Tel: 01952 812111 for booking and where to meet

    Contact Email:
    Meet:
    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    An energetic ramble (4 miles) around Aqualate Mere, the largest of the glacial lakes in the West Midlands. Features of interest will include spring birds, flowers including bluebells and insects. Meet at the NNR public car park. This is a Natural England event where there is a good possibility of seeing lots of dragonflies.

  • Sunday 20th May 2012
    Leven Canal, East Yorkshire

    Event:

    The Hairy Dragonfly's Yorkshire stronghold

    Contact:

    Paul Ashton, 01430 803005

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Sandholme Bridge, 10:30am, at TA100450, park along Carr Lane and walk to the bridge, please respect residents access when parking.

    Requirements:

    Bring packed lunch, binoculars and wear appropriate footwear.

    Additional Info:

    Opportunity to see Hairy Dragonfly in its Yorkshire stronghold. This will involve a four mile walk to reach and view the best part of the canal for this species.

  • Sunday 20th May
    Wheatfen Nature Reserve, Norfolk

    Event:

    Dragonflies for Beginners workshop

    Contact:

    David Nobbs, Wheatfen Warden – Tel 01508 538036

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Wheatfen Nature Reserve (http://www.wheatfen.org). Full details of the workshop will be available when book-ing. The day will start at10.00am and run until approximately 3.00pm.

    Requirements:

    Booking essential.  A charge of £20 will be made for this course.

    Additional Info:

    Dragonflies for Beginners workshop led by Dr Pam Taylor.  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.

  • Saturday 26th May 2012
    Chartley Moss National Nature Reserve

    Event:

    Bouncing Bogs & Dragonflies

    Contact:

    Mel Brown at mel.brown@naturalengland.org.uk 01952 812111 for booking and where to meet.

    Contact Email:
    Meet:
    Requirements:

    Booking (and Wellingtons!) essential.

    Additional Info:

    A joint meeting with Natural England and the BDS. A tour of this amazing floating peat bog with a chance to observe the rare White-faced Darter in its most southerly known location in Britain!  Two sessions 11am- 1pm & 2pm- 4pm.

  • Sunday 27th May 2012
    Hurst Grange Park and Priory Meadow

    Event:

    Dragonfly walk

    Contact:

    Colin Adams - Contact by email or tel: 01772 498247.

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    We will meet at the car park on Hill Road, Penwortham, at 11:30, and look round the ponds in Hurst Grange Park, for maybe an hour.  Then we will walk to Priory Meadow (about 1 mile) to look for Broad-bodied Chasers.  If coming by public transport, buses will stop on request outside Penwortham library, from where you can see a sign pointing to Hurst Grange Park.

    Requirements:

    Booking is essential, as meeting is subject to cancellation in bad weather, and the visit Priory Meadow will be limited to 12 people. No lunch break is planned.

    Additional Info:

    We will be looking for Broad-bodied Chasers and other spring species.

  • Sunday 3rd June 2012
    Grand Western Canal, Devon

    Event:

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

    Contact:

    Dave Smallshire  Tel: 01626 853393

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    At 10.00 a.m. 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.

    Additional Info:
  • Thu 7th - Sat 9th June 2012
    Wadebridge, Cornwall

    Event:

    Royal Cornwall Show

    Contact Email:
    Meet:
    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    The British Dragonfly Society/Cornwall Dragonfly Group will be sharing a stand with Butterfly Conservation

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