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 30th June 2012
    St Catherine’s Hill, Christchurch, Dorset

    Event:

    Friends of St Catherine's Hill Family Bug Day

    Contact:

    Tel: 01425 272479

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Marlow Drive, off Hillside Drive, for access to St Catherine’s Hill Grid ref  SZ 144 955  Time 10.00am   

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    As part of National Insect Week join us on a Family Bug Day to find out more about the wide variety of insects on St Catherine's Hill in Christchurch. Starting with The Grand Opening........ of last night's moth trap, we will be looking at a range of insects through the day on themed walks. Call 01425 272479 for more details.

  • Sunday 1st July 2012
    Pippingford Park, Sussex

    Event:

    Another visit to Pippingford Park

    Contact:

    David Chelmick

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

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

    Requirements:

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

    Additional Info:

    The habitat comprises wooded lakes with adjacent open heath with pools for local acid loving species such as Small Red Damselfl y and Keeled Skimmer. The lakes are a stronghold for Brilliant Emerald which should be holding territory and with others emerging.  This meeting was amazingly productive last year with 22 species and the hope is to at least equal that count again.

  • Sunday 1st July 2012
    Parsonage Moor & Dry Sandford Pit, Oxfordshire

    Event:

    Recording dragonflies on two special sites

    Contact:

    Peter Reeve (01926 632400) email: peter@reeve60.org.uk. Contact number on the day only: 0790064079

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Meet at 10.45 for 11.00am. Details of where to meet will be supplied after registration

    Requirements:

    Bring strong footwear and a packed lunch.Pre-booking for the day is essential. Due to the sensitive nature of the habitat, places available are strictly limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. If you are coming you must register with Peter Reeve.

    Additional Info:

    These two sites have a very special assemblage of dragonflies, most notably Southern Damselfly. Other species present include: Small Red Damselfly, Keeled Skimmer and Variable Damselfly.

  • Sunday 1st July 2012
    Deeping Lakes Nature Reserve. Deeping St James, Lincolnshire

    Event:

    A one day course for beginners

    Contact:

    Dave Mainwaring at dmainwaring@btinternet.com or tel 01778 571213

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Grid Ref TF 187083  10:00 am till  4:00 pm

    Requirements:

    Participants should wear stout footwear and suitable clothing for a day in the open, plus a packed lunch. There are no toilet facilities at the reserve.

    Additional Info:

    Course participants will be supplied with a set of notes giving information about habitat, life cycle and identification tips.  After some introductory information is given participants will then be given “in the field” training in observing and identifying the insects. It is intended that by the end of the day participants should be able to confidently identify the males of at least three species of Damselfly and three species of Dragonfly (weather permitting)

    The maximum number of participants will be 10 people. It is essential to book a place so that the necessary quantity of course notes can be printed.
    Cost: Free, but a donation of £1-50 per person would be appreciated to cover the cost of printing the course notes. The final date for booking is 25th June 2012.

  • Sunday 1st July 2012
    Rogart area, East Sutherland

    Event:

    Finding new sites for Azure Hawker and Northern Emerald

    Contact:

    Pat Batty Tel 01546605316 e-mail dragonflybatty@gmail.com

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    10:00 am Pittentrail Cross roads Rogart Grid Ref: NC726020

    Requirements:

    Boots/Wellies, lunch, colander, plastic spoon, midge repellent, expect some rough ground. If travelling north for a holiday may be possible to link this
    with the meets on the north coast 7th /8th July

    Additional Info:

    Visit 10km squares with no or few recent records to look for larvae and adults. Possibility of finding new sites for Azure Hawker and Northern Emerald.

  • Saturday 7th July 2012
    Dragonfly Centre, Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire

    Event:

    Dragonfly Safari

    Contact:

    The Dragonfly Project www.dragonflyproject.org.uk or ring 01733 204286, or e-mail courses@dragonflyproject.org.uk

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Wicken Fen, Lode Lane, Wicken, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5XP

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    Booking is not required, but please give us a call if you have a group of more than 10 people..
    Our Dragonfly Safaris are all about finding out more about dragonflies.
    How to find them How to identify them Where do they live? What do they eat? What eats them? Where do they lay their eggs? How long do they live? What is a larva? What does a larva eat?
    A Safari lasts about two hours, during which we'll take you to some of the best spots around Wicken Fen to see dragonflies. We'll show you what dragonflies are there and help you to identify them. For the last half-hour, in the Wren Building, we'll give a demonstration of their underwater life with live dragonfly larvae shown through a microscope and TV screen.

  • Saturday 7th July 2012
    Heysham Nature Reserve, Lancashire

    Event:

    Introductory Dragonfly Identification Session

    Contact:

    Emma on 01524 855030 or 07717 366812

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Classroom at Heysham Nature Reserve, Moneyclose Lane adjacent to power Station, Heysham, LA3 2UW

    Requirements:

    Free training but places are limited so booking is essential.

    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 7th July 2012
    Dragonfly Centre, Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire

    Event:

    Introducing the Dragonfly

    Contact:

    For more information or to book please ring 01733 204286, or you can e-mail courses@dragonflyproject.org.uk

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Wicken Fen, Lode Lane, Wicken, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5XP

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    Specifically designed for the beginner, this very popular course includes dragonfly biology, ecology and identification, and a field tour of dragonfly habitats on site. (also on Saturday 25th August 2012) PLEASE NOTE You must book for the courses we offer as the number of places is necessarily limited - so please book as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.  Course led by Ruary Mackenzie Dodds
    Price: the cost of each course is £30.00
    Times: 10am - 5pm
    Lunch: There is an excellent café adjacent to our special classroom, but feel free to bring your own packed lunch and drinks

  • Saturday 7th July 2012
    Borgie Forest Log Cabins North Sutherland

    Event:

    Dragonfly walk with Jonathan Willet

    Contact:

    Paul Castle 01641 521884 paul.castle@highland.gov.uk

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Borgie Forest Log Cabins North Sutherland. Grid ref: NC 663577 Turn off the A836 at Borgie Bridge

    Requirements:

    Wear warm clothing, boots/wellies or strong footwear and bring packed lunch.

    Additional Info:

    Join dragonfly expert Jonathan Willet at Borgie Forest in North Sutherland to have fun learning about the different species of dragonflies and damselflies to be
    found there. Learn how to tell them apart and discover how they survive in this northern habitat.

  • Sunday 8th July 2012
    Arne Nature Reserve Nr Wareham, Dorset

    Event:

    Dragonfly Ramble at RSPB Arne Nature Reserve

    Contact:

    Tel: 07891 573267

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Arne Nature Reserve Car Park, Arne, Nr Wareham, Dorset  Grid ref:  SY972 898 1.30 - 4.30pm

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    Join us for a walk around Arne Nature Reserve, famous for its wonderful bird life, but also a great place to see dragonflies. We will be taking a relaxed walk around the reserve taking in some of the wet areas and ponds to search for these amazing aerial predators. There is a charge of £3 for non RSPB members and £1 for members.

  • Sunday 8th July 2012
    Dunnet Bay, Caithness

    Event:

    Dunnet’s Dragons & Damsels

    Contact:

    Marina Swanson 01955 607758 or marina.swanson@highland.gov.uk

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    10.30am-4pm at Seadrift Centre, Dunnet Bay, Caithness (ND 219705)

    Requirements:

    Please book a place on this event. Please bring packed lunch, stout footwear/outdoor clothing.

    Additional Info:

    Come to Dunnet Forest with Highland Dragonfly expert Jonathan Willet & HC ranger, to discover all about the fascinating dragonflies and damselflies of this area, one of the best sites in Caithness for Dragonfly watching.

  • Sunday 8th July 2012
    Dragonfly Centre, Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire

    Event:

    Dragonfly Safari

    Contact:

    The Dragonfly Project www.dragonflyproject.org.uk or ring 01733 204286, or e-mail courses@dragonflyproject.org.uk

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Wicken Fen, Lode Lane, Wicken, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5XP

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    Booking is not required, but please give us a call if you have a group of more than 10 people..
    Our Dragonfly Safaris are all about finding out more about dragonflies.
    How to find them How to identify them Where do they live? What do they eat? What eats them? Where do they lay their eggs? How long do they live? What is a larva? What does a larva eat?
    A Safari lasts about two hours, during which we'll take you to some of the best spots around Wicken Fen to see dragonflies. We'll show you what dragonflies are there and help you to identify them. For the last half-hour, in the Wren Building, we'll give a demonstration of their underwater life with live dragonfly larvae shown through a microscope and TV screen.

  • Sunday 8th July 2012
    Dragonfly Centre, Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire

    Event:

    Adult Dragonfly and waterplant identification for beginners

    Contact:

    For more information or to book please ring 01733 204286, or you can e-mail courses@dragonflyproject.org.uk

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Wicken Fen, Lode Lane, Wicken, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5XP

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    The aim of this course is for participants to identify common species of adult dragonflies and water plants. There will be sessions using colour photo presentations and water plant collections, Microscope-TV link, one-to-one guidance and a field tour of adult dragonfly and water plant habitats. PLEASE NOTE You must book for the courses we offer as the number of places is necessarily limited - so please book as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.  Course led by Stuart Irons and Karen Buckley
    Price: the cost of each course is £30.00
    Times: 10am - 5pm
    Lunch: There is an excellent café adjacent to our special classroom, but feel free to bring your own packed lunch and drinks

  • Sunday 8th July 2012
    Brockholes Lancashire Wildlife Trust reserve, nr Preston

    Event:

    Dragonfly Walk

    Contact:

    Allen Holmes 07411 360300

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    1030 at Brockholes carpark by the children`s playground.  Car park charges apply.  The site is accessed from the M6 J31/A59.  Follow brown tourist signs to reserve.

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    We aim to see a good selection of summer species and a possibility of Lesser Emperor which has been recorded several times and has probably bred.  Toilet facilities and cafe on site.  Suitable for children.  No dogs.

  • Saturday 14th July 2012
    Treeton, Rotherham, Yorkshire

    Event:

    Will the Lesser Emperor return?

    Contact:

    Tom Hubball 01535 678334 email vc64dragonfly@virginmedia.com

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Treeton Dyke, Washfield Lane, Treeton, Rotherham, S60 5PU (SK431874). Meet 10.00am on Washfield Lane just before Treeton Cricket and Football Club car park.

    Requirements:

    Bring lunch, binoculars and wear appropriate footwear.

    Additional Info:

    Details of other Yorkshire Branch field trips can be found on the Diary pages of Yorkshire Branch of the BDS websites www.yorkshiredragonflies.org.uk

  • Saturday 14th July 2012
    Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve, Rufford, Lancs

    Event:

    A guided walk around Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve

    Contact:

    Tel: 01704 821809

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Mere Sands Wood, Holmeswood Road, Rufford, L40 1TG.  Times: 1pm -3pm

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    Guided walk led by Phil Smith.  Cost: £5

  • Sunday 15th July 2012
    Cross of Greet, Forest of Bowland.

    Event:

    Dragonfly walk

    Contact:

    Allen Holmes 07411 360300

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    1100hrs at  Cross of Greet bridge car park at SD 702590 about 5 miles north of Slaidburn on the Slaidburn to Bentham road

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    We aim to look mainly for Golden Ringed Dragonfly at one of the best sites in Bowland.  Common Hawker may also be present.  Very few other species but a good selection of moorland birds and insects are present.No dogs or young children as Adders are present at the site.  No facilities, bring a packed lunch.  Strong boots or wellingtons needed.

  • Sunday 15th July 2012
    The Hanson Environmental Study Centre, Milton Keynes

    Event:

    A special visit to Hanson Environmental Study Centre

    Contact:

    Alan Nelson Contact 01908 211759 bucksdragonflies@googlemail.com

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Marked on OS maps as the Wildfowl centre SW of Newport Pagnell service area. For those not familiar with the site and its location, it is easily reached from the northern end of several local Milton Keynes ‘grid roads’.

    If travelling north along either the V6 Grafton Street, V7 Saxon Street or V8 Marlborough Street, at their junctions with Newport Road at either New Bradwell or Stantonbury, turn right and follow the road until you cross over the canal and pass the Black Horse pub which will be on your right. You then go down a hill at the bottom of which, take the first turn left through a gated entrance. You then turn immediately left along a surfaced track which has several speed ramps. Continue alone the track and at the end you will find the centre and car park.

    If travelling north along the V10 Brickhill Street, when it reaches its junction with the Wolverton Road, turn left and follow this. You will then begin descending a hill, at the bottom of which you need to turn right into a gated entrance road. You then turn immediately left along a surfaced track which has several speed ramps. At the bottom of this track you will find the centre and car park.

    Requirements:

    There are toilets on the site, access to visitor centre, also wheel chair access to some of the site. If you plan to come along with a wheel chair it would be helpful to know at least 2-3 days before the event please. Bring packed lunch.

    Additional Info:

    The HESC came about following gravel extraction and the site was set aside by the minerals company then known as ARC, later Hanson, now owned by Heidelberg. A 20 year research project was set up to look at the most effective ways of restoring and managing a gravel pit to benefit wildfowl and promote interests of wildlife and dragonflies in MK area. Increasing the awareness of this unique site (permit only access) and its educational value. By School trips, educational classes /meetings. Site is mainly a mixture of ponds and lake with the Great Ouse nearby so 18 species of dragonfly have been recorded, in addition the site is good for butterflies and wildfowl, waders and warblers

  • Sunday 15th July 2012
    Tetney, Lincolnshire

    Event:

    Private blow well site west of Tetney.

    Contact:

    Brian Hedley   Tel: 07989 665794 email: brian_hedley@hotmail.com

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    12.00 for 13.00 start at NGR TA298009. Park near lake at TA298 009, 2 Km west of Tetney, take Station Road off A16 towards Tet-ney, then take track on right just past dismantled railway crossing. Follow track for about 500m then take track on left towards lake.

    Requirements:

    Please bring a packed lunch if arriving at 12.00, and wear appropriate clothing and footwear in case of inclement weather. The nearest toilets are in pubs in Tetney and Holton le Clay.

    Additional Info:

    Joint meeting with Lincolnshire Naturalists' Union (LNU). Very little known about dragonflies at the site but good range expected as there are several ponds, ditches and a lake. Waithe Beck is also nearby.

  • Fri 20th - Mon 23rd July, 2012
    Slapton Field Centre, Slapton, South Devon

    Event:

    An introduction to the dragonflies and damselflies of southwest England

    Contact:

    Slapton Ley Field Centre, Slapton, Kingsbridge, TQ7 2QP; tel: 01548 580466; email: enquiries.sl@field-studies-council.org;  website: www.field-studies-council.org/slaptonley

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Slapton Ley Field Centre, Slapton, Kingsbridge, TQ7 2QP

    Requirements:

    Fees and booking: Shared room: £295; sole occupancy room: £325;  non-residential: £215. Pre-booking with Field Studies Council essential.

    Additional Info:

    A long weekend for those seeking an introduction to the dragonflies and damselflies of southwest England, with visits to Dartmoor, the Bovey Basin and the Exe Marshes.  Emphasis will be placed on the identification of adult stages in the field; some 20 species might be seen. Other topics to be covered include the identification of larvae and exuviae, habitat preferences, conservation and management for dragonflies and photography.

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