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.

  • 8th – 14th June 2013
    Extremadura, Spain

    Event:

    Dragonflies & birds of Extremadura

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    Renowned for its birdlife, Extremadura is also home to an extraordinary variety of dragonflies and butterflies. The richly varied landscapes and habitats of Extremadura are home to 55 of Spain's dragonflies and almost half of the country's butterfly species.

    Price: €1,370 (single supplement: €125). Group size: 8-14. For further details see www.spainbirds.com

    Leaders:    Andy McGeeney & John Muddeman

  • Saturday 8th June 2013
    Studland Beach, Studland, Dorset

    Event:

    Dragonfly Identification & Recording Workshop with the Cyril Driver Project

    Contact:

    David Brown, Cyril Driver Project 01929 452308

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    Meet:

    Discovery Centre, Studland Beach, Studland, Dorset

    Requirements:

    Please bring packed lunch

    Additional Info:

    Andrew Brown and Rees Cox (legendary ex warden of Studland) will be giving a workshop on the ecology and identification of dragonflies. This will also include fieldwork on Studland and also an introduction on how to record sightings using Living Record an online recording system.

    Time: 10am - 5pm    Cost:  Free

  • Wednesday 12th June 2013
    River Ouse at Sharnbrook

    Event:

    Looking for Scarce Chasers

    Contact:

    David & Karen Anderson.  Email: - Dragonflies@BNHS.org.uk

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    Meet:

    10:30AM.  Sharnbrook Theatre Car Park at TL011591.

    Requirements:

    Please wear suitable footwear for waterside habitat, damp rough grass & uneven ground; Children need to be accompanied by an adult. Bring lunch if staying for the afternoon. Open to all.

     

    Additional Info:

    Access by permission of Bedfordia Estates    
    A joint meetings of the british dragonfly society (BDS) & the Bedfordshire Natural History Society (BNHS.

    A BDS Anniversary Event

     

  • Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June 2013
    WWT Llanelli

    Event:

    Bioblitz.  Throughout both Saturday and Sunday wildlife surveys will be taking place to see how many different species of everything – from birds and plants to tiny insects – we can count on our site over two days!

     

    Don’t miss our guided walk out on to the saltmarsh – normally inaccessible to visitors - to identify saltmarsh plants and look for creatures such as sea slaters and crabs! And join our mammal walk and water vole walk to see signs of mammal activity (including lots of poo!) and see live wild mammals up close!

     

    You can also join us for an expert-led bat walk on Saturday night, where we will also search for other nocturnal wetland life. A moth trap will be set up and checked on Sunday morning (weather permitting).

     

    We will also be running expert-led surveys of plants, minibeasts, dragonflies, butterflies and pond creatures, and there will be guides in the hides to record and help you identify birds.

     

    This is a fantastic opportunity to get close to wildlife and not to be missed!

    Contact:

    Pam Styles

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    Admission costs to the reserve apply.

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  • Saturday 15th June 2013
    Machynlleth, Wales

    Event:

    A BDS Anniversary Event

    Contact:

    Bob Dennison (01597 851702) and Chris Hodgson (01970 617827)

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    Meet in Free Car Park at The Plas, Machynlleth SH 745005

    Requirements:

    Booking is not necessary but Chris or Bob would appreciate a call a day or two before the walk to gauge likely numbers. Waterproof footwear (boots) necessary.
    Bring food and drinks. Strictly no dogs. Any children must be accompanied by a family adult - preferably a parent.

    Additional Info:

    A 9-mile, moderately difficult, circular walk in the Machynlleth area of Mid Wales. This free walk will be part of the Cambrian Mountain Society walks programme and will be in conjunction with the Aberystwyth Ramblers.
     

  • Saturday 15th June 2013
    The Learning Centre at Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire

    Event:

    Course: Dragonfly Photography

    Contact:

    Bob Brind-Surch via website www.naturesphotos.co.uk

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    with Bob Brind-Surch.

    Dragonflies are a challenging but rewarding subject for the macro photographer. This is a very special workshop with unique opportunities to learn how to photograph a demanding subject, take some stunning photographs and learn more about these mesmeric creatures. (also on 25th August 2013)

    More information

  • Saturday 15th June 2013
    Stover Country Park, Devon

    Event:

    A BDS Anniversary Event

    Contact:

    Dave Smallshire (01626 853393; email davesmalls@btinternet.com)

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    9:30 a.m at the visitor centre (SX833751; entrance off A382 to Newton Abbot, 300m from A38, 10 miles from M5) finishing by 4:00 p.m.
     

    Requirements:

    Bring lunch. Close-focus binoculars and wellies useful. Pay and display car park. Advance booking not necessary.

    Additional Info:

    An introduction to dragonflies at one of their prime sites in Devon, with a walk in the morning and pond-dipping after lunch. In conjunction with a British Ecological Society centenary event.
     

  • Sunday 16th June 2013
    Countess Wear and Exminster Marshes, Devon

    Event:
    Contact:

    Dave Smallshire (01626 853393; email davesmalls@btinternet.com)

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    Requirements:

    Bring lunch if staying for the afternoon. Binoculars will be helpful. Booking not necessary.

    Additional Info:

    An introduction to the dragonflies and damselflies of the still and flowing waters in the area, in conjunction with Exeter City Council. Chances of seeing Red-eyed Damselfly, White-legged Damselfly, Banded Demoiselle, Hairy Dragonfly, Emperor, Black-tailed Skimmer and Scarce Chaser.
     

  • Sunday 16th June 2013
    The Learning Centre at Wicken Fen Cambridgeshire

    Event:

    Course: Dragonfly Larva Identification for Beginners

    Contact:

    E-mail course@dragonflyproject.org.uk or phone 01733 204286

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    with Henry Curry and Henry Stanier
    The aim of the course is for participants to identify dragonfly larvae to genus and understand the basic steps of keying out to species. The will consist of the Microscope-TV link, one-to-one guidance, self-study periods and, dependent on the weather, a hunt for larvae & exuviae.
    Price £35.00.

  • Sunday 16th June 2013
    Brandon Marsh Nature Centre, Warwickshire

    Event:
    Contact:

    Peter Reeve (01926 632400) email:  peter@reeve60.org.uk. Contact number on the day only: 07980064079.

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    Meet:

    Meet for a 10.30am start in the Barn at the Nature Centre. (SP385758). For a map see the meetings page on:
     www.warwickshire-dragonflies.org.uk.

    Requirements:

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

    Additional Info:

    Adult identification workshop. 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 are included but not lunch.

  • 19th – 26th June 2013
    La Brenne & Vienne, France

    Event:

    Dragonflies in La Brenne & Vienne

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    An 8-day holiday in search of dragonflies, butterflies, birds and plants in two lesser-known areas of France, both outstandingly rich in natural history

    Cost £1,295 (single supplement £140), including travel by train from London. For further details and 2012 report see www.naturetrek.co.uk

    Leader: Nick Ransdale

  • Thursday 20th June 2013
    Environmental Resource Centre (ERC), Ebbw Vale or nearby venue - check www.gwentwildlife.org for confirmation.

    Event:

    Dragonfly training day.  An opportunity to learn about these beautiful creatures and see them in their full glory (weather permitting!) with Rebecca Ward.

    Contact:

    Rebecca Ward. 
    Tel: 01600 740600

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    Check the events page on www.gwentwildlife.org

    Requirements:

    Booking is essential.  FREE for members, £5 non-members. 

    Additional Info:

    10:30am - 3:00pm

    People with limited mobility please contact organiser in advance.

  • Saturday 22nd June 2013
    Woodwalton Fen, Cambridgeshire

    Event:

    A BDS Anniversary Event

    Contact:

    Mick and Sue Parfitt - telephone: 01733 266087 - mob: 07745241061

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    Meet:

    Jacksons Bridge at 11.00 am. OS Map 142. Grid ref TL235848.  Parking along Great Ravely Drain.
     

    Requirements:

    Bring pack lunch, binoculars, insect repellent and wear appropriate clothing and footwear in case of inclement weather. No toilet facilities on site.

    Additional Info:

    We aim to see as many dragonflies as possible on this site.

  • Saturday 22nd June 2013
    Bournemouth Natural Science Society, Bournemouth

    Event:

    Dragonfly Identification & Recording Workshop with Bournemouth Natural Science Society

    Contact:

    Heather Dixon, BNSS  07590 90993

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    BNSS 39 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth BH13NS

    Requirements:

    Please bring packed lunch

    Additional Info:

    Led by Mark Spencer and Andrew Brown, this session will begin indoors at BNSS where there will be 2 identification session, one on the butterflies of Bournemouth and the 2nd on the Dragonflies species found locally. After lunch, we will then be venturing out for a walk on one of Bournemouth green spaces to practise identifying butterflies and dragonflies in the field.

    10am - 3pm Cost: Free (Donations for Tea & Coffee)

  • Saturday 22nd June 2013
    Coity Wallia Commons, Bridgend, South Wales.

    Event:

    Dragonfly and damselfly walk and training event led by Deborah Sazer. 

    Contact:

    Emma Douglas tel: 07579 008578.  Please call or use the e-mail contact form to book or for further information.

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    Coity Wallia Commons, Bridgend - further details will be given when you book a place.

    Requirements:

    Please wear suitable footwear, waterproofs, clothing suitable for outdoor wear and bring a packed lunch. The event is free of charge.

    Additional Info:

    10:00- 15:00

    The event is free of charge. Booking is essential.

  • Sunday 23rd June 2013
    Venn Ottery DWT Reserve, Devon

    Event:
    Contact:

    Dave Smallshire (01626 853393; email davesmalls@btinternet.com) and Lesley Kerry (01395 567880; email lesley.kerry@ymail.com)

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    10:00 a.m. at SY06639155. From the A3052 Exeter-Sidmouth road, turn north at Halfway Inn onto B3180; in 1 mile turn right, signposted Venn Ottery; bear left at fork and car park is 500m on left.
     

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    A meeting to the site of the Southern Damselfly re-establishment project.  Other species may include Golden-ringed Dragonfly and Keeled Skimmer.
     

  • Monday 24th June 2013
    Llyn Tecwyn Isaf, Merionethshire and Cors Geirch NNR and Tomen Fawr kettle hole, Lleyn Peninsular

    Event:

    Joint BDS/Snowdonia NP outing to observe some of the rarer species in North Wales

    Contact:

    Gethin Davies 01766 772515, g.davies@eryri-npa.gov.uk;  Allan Brandon (01492 651066; allanrowenconwy@sky.com).

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    10 am at the roadside car park [SH630372] along the lovely Llyn Tecwyn Isaf, above Cilfor village, south of Penrhyndeudraeth; then on to Cors Geirch NNR, Rhyd-y-clafdy [SH328349], Lleyn; finishing mid-afternoon at Tomen Fawr [SH453378].

    Requirements:

    Bring a packed lunch and essential wellies; nets & close-focusing bins optional but no dogs.

    Additional Info:

    A joint BDS/Snowdonia NP outing to observe some of the rarer species in North Wales including Downy Emerald, Hairy Dragonfly, Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly, Variable Damselfly and Small Red Damselfly, as well as other species including Beautiful Demoiselle, Golden-ringed Dragonfly and Keeled Skimmer.

  • Tuesday 25th June 2013
    National Trust Carding Mill Valley, Shropshire

    Event:

    Discovering Dragonflies- a series of 3 dragonfly identification workshops with County Recorder Sue McLamb. Aimed at beginners this series will enable people to identify a range of species that occupy different flight periods throughout the season. Classroom inputs during the morning will focus on identification of ‘seasonal species’ and an understanding of the natural history of these fantastic insects. Participants will also learn how the life cycle is adapted for species emerging at different times of the year. Following a brief lunch the afternoons will be spent outside at 3 different locations on the Long Mynd putting identification skills to the test in a variety of habitats.

    Contact:

    Emily Knight 01694 725000

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    Please report to the National Trust’s chalet pavilion at Carding Mill Valley, Church Stretton, Shropshire, SY6 6JG. The workshop will start at 10am and finish at 2pm. For further directions see
    http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/carding-mill-valley-and-shropshire-hills/how-to-get-here/

    Requirements:

    Packed lunch essential. Wellies/walking boots and waterproofs as we will be venturing out! Total walking will be no more than 1km. Identification guides and hand lens if owned. There is a charge of £10 per session.

    Additional Info:

    NB: Weather permitting 2 afternoons will be spent at pools on top of the Long Mynd so some participants will need to drive and car sharing will be very much appreciated.

  • 29th June – 7th July 2013
    Bulgaria

    Event:

    Bulgaria’s Dragonflies

    Contact:

    Naturetrek Wildlife Holidays www.naturetrek.co.uk

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    A 9-day tour in search of the dragonflies and other wildlife of the mountains and lowlands in central and southern Bulgaria. Can last year’s record 52 species be beaten?
    Cost £1,495 (single supplement £140). For further details and 2012 report see www.naturetrek.co.uk
    Leader:    Dave Smallshire

  • 29th June – 6th July 2013
    Dordogne, France

    Event:

    Dordogne Dragonflies & Wildlife

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    Around 60 species occur across a diverse range of wetland habitats

    Cost £1495. Maximum group size: 12. For further details see www.naturalist.co.uk

    Leaders: Dick Askew and David Simpson

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