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, 29th January, 2017
    Glen Affric, Highland
    Event:

    Glen Affric Peatland Restoration Project Volunteer Day

    This is a continuation of the project that started in 2015. 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. 

    Contact:

    Colin Hall, Scottish Group Area Co-ordinator

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

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

     

    Requirements:

    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 http://cannich-hall.co.uk/contact-us/ The day will last from 9.30am to approx 3pm.

  • Tuesday, 7th of February, 2017
    Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve, near Stirling
    Event:

    Flanders Moss Volunteer Day

    In the past ditches have been dug on dragonfly Hotspot Flanders Moss with the purpose of drying out the site. We are now working to block these ditches to bring the water back to the surface of the bog to restore the bog vegetation. The task is to build some dams out of peat to block some ditches, the same as we did in Feb 2016. The added bonus of this work is that it when the water rises it forms pools that are excellent habitat for the abundant dragonfly population on Flanders. Flanders Moss NNR is one of the biggest and best bogs in the UK. More info at http://www.nnr-scotland.org.uk/flanders-moss/

     

     

    Contact:

    Daniele Muir, Scotland Officer

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Flanders Moss NNR car park – off the B822 Thornhill to Kippen road at 10.30am. Directions here:  http://www.nnr-scotland.org.uk/flanders-moss/visiting/directions/

    Requirements:

    It will be a wet and peaty task so wellies and a full set of waterproofs are essential; waders would be handy if you have a set. Bring a packed lunch and something to drink. A warm hat and thin gloves to wear under work gloves will be useful.

    Work gloves, any tools needed for the job, hot drinks and biscuits will be provided.

     

     

    Additional Info:

    Start time – 1030, finish – around 1500. Please let Daniele know if you are coming, so we know how many tools (and biscuits) to bring. If you would be interested in getting involved in carrying out a dragonfly transect at Flanders Moss, please contact Daniele.

     

     

  • Saturday 4th March 2017
    Staffordshire University Science Centre, Stoke on Trent
    Event:

    Staffordshire Invertebrate Fair

    An invertebrate fair with an emphasis on the recording and conservation of invertebrates. Along with the British Dragonfly Society, lots of organisations and societies will be present to chat to and get involved with such as Butterfly Conservation, Staffordshire Moth Group,  British Arachnological Society and BWARS. Also beginners identification sessions, talks and opportunities to have photos of bugs identified by experts.

    Contact:

    Staffordshire Invertebrate Group (SIG), visit the Facebook Page

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Staffordshire University Science Centre, Leek Road, Stoke on Trent, ST4 2DF, UK.

     

    Getting There by Public Transport

    For more information, visit the Staffordshire University website.

    Requirements:

    This event is free to attend.

    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 11th March 2017
    Green Hammerton, York
    Event:

    Spring Meeting 2017

     

    The BDS Spring Meeting is a fantastic opportunity to meet like- minded enthusiasts and get all your questions answered by our panel of experts.

    The theme of the meeting is Dragonfly Recording. This is a great opportunity for our BDS County Dragonfly Recorders to swap news and ideas, and for all those interested in dragonfly recording to find out more about this fun and worthwhile activity.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

     

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    Click here for the full programme.

    Contact:

    Contact our Conservation Officer on: 07792231925 or via the email address link on this advert.

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Green Hammerton Village Hall. Harrogate Road, Green Hammerton, York,  YO26 8AE. Click here to visit the venue's website.

     

    Getting There by Public Transport

    Trains run regularly from York to Hammerton station (12 minute journey). The Hall is a 25 minute walk from Hammerton station. For more information visit the Green Hammerton Village Hall website.

     

    The meeting starts at 9.30am and finishes at 4.00pm

    Requirements:

    Please bring a packed lunch.

    Additional Info:
  • Sunday, 26th March, 2017
    Glen Affric, Highland
    Event:

    Glen Affric Peatland Restoration Project Volunteer Day

    This is a continuation of the project that started in 2015. We will be working with Butterfly Conservation 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. 

    Contact:

    Colin Hall, Scottish Group Area Co-ordinator

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

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

    Requirements:

    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:

    Additional Info: Directions to the village hall can be found here http://cannich-hall.co.uk/contact-us/ The day will last from 9.30am to approx 3pm.

  • Saturday 8th April, 2017
    Preston Montford Field Centre, Shropshire
    Event:

    Dragonfly Larvae Workshop

    with BDS Shropshire Dragonfly Recorder, 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.

    Contact:

    For further details and booking please contact Preston Montford Field Centre Tel: 01743 852040 

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Please report to reception at Preston Montford Field Centre (SJ433143). The workshop will start at 10.00am and finish at 4pm.

     

    Getting There by Public Transport

    For further directions visit the Preston Montford website.

    Requirements:

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

    Additional Info:

    Course Cost: £40

    NB: For those who wish, the ‘Field Guide to the larvae and exuviae of British Dragonflies’ by Steve Cham will be available for purchase at £10 (correct cash/cheque only).

  • Sunday, 30th April 2017
    Glen Affric, Highland
    Event:

    Glen Affric Peatland Restoration Project Volunteer Day

    This is a continuation of the project that started in 2015. 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. 

    Contact:

    Colin Hall, Scottish Group Area Co-ordinator

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

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

    Requirements:

    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 http://cannich-hall.co.uk/contact-us/ The day will last from 9.30am to approx 3pm.

  • Saturday 13th May 2017
    Suffolk
    Event:

    Foxearth Meadow Dragonfly Nature Reserve Launch

     

    Foxearth Meadows is the UK’s only nature reserve managed primarily for dragonflies and damselflies. It covers just over 11 acres alongside the River Stour on the Essex/Suffolk border, not far from Sudbury, and has 21 species on its list including good numbers of Willow Emerald. It is owned and managed by A Rocha UK, a Christian conservation organisation.

    The official opening of Foxearth Meadows is on Saturday 13 May, from 12.00pm – 4.00pm. There will be stalls, refreshments, guided walks and a big community ribbon-cutting ceremony (if you’re coming, bring some sharp scissors).

    Contact:

    Mark Prina: 07548 209652

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    At CO10 7QS. Saturday 13 May, from 12.00pm – 4.00pm.

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    A shuttle bus will run from the main parking area at CO10 7QS.

  • Saturday 13th May 2017
    Brandon Marsh Nature Centre, Warwickshire
    Event:

    Dragonfly Adult Identification and Recording Workshop

    Indoor and outdoor identification sessions will be held at the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Nature Centre. How to record dragonfly presence and behaviour in the field and the recording protocol to use , as recommended by the British Dragonfly Society, will be discussed. There is no charge but it is hoped participants will join the county team of dragonfly recorders.

    Contact:

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

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Meet for a 10.30am start in the Barn at the Nature Centre, Coventry, Warwickshire CV3 3GW Grid ref. SP385758.

    For map see the meetings page on: www.warwickshire-dragonflies.org.uk.

     

    Getting There by Public Transport

    For more information, visit the Brandon Marsh website

    Requirements:

    Bring strong footwear and lunch or eat at the Nature Centre café.

    Additional Info:
  • Wednesaday 17th May 2017
    Cheshire
    Event:

    Clubtail Count Training Session

    in association with North Wales Wildlife Trust

     

    Join BDS Conservation Officer, Genevieve Dalley, as she takes Clubtail Count volunteers on a walk up the River Dee looking for this elusive species and discussing its fascinating life cycle and ecology.

    Contact:

    Jonathan Hulson

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Holt Cross (outside Cleopatra's Coffee Shop) Holt, Wrexham.

    Requirements:

    Contact Jonathan Hulson if you are interested.

    Additional Info:

    Wear sturdy shoes. Binoculars and/ or a camera are useful.

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