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 29th June 2013
    Kings Dyke, Whittlesey, Nr Peterborough

    Event:

    A BDS Anniversary Event

    Contact:

    Henry Curry- telephone: 01733 204286 - mob: 07742606076.

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Car Park Kings Dyke Nature Reserve at 11.00 am. OS Map 142. Grid ref TL246973. ( A605 heading towards Whittlesey, just after railway crossing, on the left signposted Kings Dyke Nature Reserve)
     

    Requirements:

    Bring pack lunch, binoculars, insect repellent and wear appropriate clothing and footwear in case of inclement weather. No toilet facilities on site.
    Visitors and non experts welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Additional Info:

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

  • Saturday 29th June 2013
    Mudeford Wood, Christchurch

    Event:

    Guided dragonfly walk through Mudeford Wood, Christchurch

    Contact:

    Duncan Gee, 01202 520340

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Meet at the Mudeford Wood gate opposite the Somerford Pub on Somerford Road
    Grid ref: SZ183936

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    Join Andrew Brown & Robin Harley for a guided walk through Mudeford Wood. We will be looking to find one of Britain’s rarest dragonfly, the Southern Damselfly first discovered in Christchurch by Robin two years ago.

    Time:  11.00am – 1pm   Cost:  Free

  • Saturday 29th June 2013
    Rabbit Ings

    Event:

    This is a dragonfly walk. 

    Contact:
    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Meet in the car park, Lund Hill Lane, Royston.

    Requirements:

    Bring packed lunch, binoculars and wear appropriate footwear.

    Additional Info:

    10:30am

  • Sunday 30th June 2013
    Stiperstones, Shropshire

    Event:

    Dragonfly survey with Sue McLamb and Ian Cheeseborough. Join us as we identify and record the dragonflies and damselflies of The Bog and Shelve Pool.  Suitable for all abilities we will introduce these fascinating creatures providing useful tools and tips towards successful species identification allowing participants to contribute to the survey records. Using sweep nets and pond nets we hope to get a close up look at both adults and larvae and use the opportunity to explain the stages of a life cycle that sees such beauties emerge from the bogs!

    Contact:

    Telephone 01743 792294

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    Meet:

    Please report to The Bog car park (SO356980). The survey will start at 10.00am and finish at 3.00pm. For further directions see www.bogcentre.co.uk/maps.html

    Requirements:

    Packed lunch essential. Wellies / walking boots and waterproofs as we will be venturing out! Total walking will be approximately 6km. Identification guides, sweep net and hand lens if owned.  Booking is essential.  There is a £3 charge per person.

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  • Sunday 30th June 2013
    Great Wheal Seton, Tolvaddon, Camborne, Cornwall

    Event:

    A chance to explore the rich mosaic of wetlands along an old tin streaming valley

    Contact:

    Steve Jones, aparthenope@aol.com (no booking necessary)

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    Meet:

    From 10.30am to 3.30pm. 

    Directions to Great Wheal Seton, (Tolvaddon): 

    If you are travelling in a westerly direction along the A30 from Redruth take the first Camborne (Tolvaddon) exit, signposted “Pool, Camborne, Portreath A3047”. After entering the slip road take the right hand lane signposted “Portreath” & then bear right as you drop down to the traffic lights. At the traffic lights trun right on to the dual carriageway and pass under the A30. Immediately after passing under the A30 turn left on to the minor road. After 60 metres you will pass a pedestrian gate on your left leading to Tuckingmill Valley. Park sensibly anywhere along here, meeting outside of the old Cornwall Hydraulic Services factory 25 metres further along the road.

    If you are travelling in an easterly direction along the A30 from Hayle take the second Camborne exit, signposted “Camborne, Portreath A3047”. After entering the slip road take the left hand lane. Immediately after the traffic lights at the Portreath junction, move into the right hand lane and take the next right, (if you pass under the A30 you have gone too far). After 60 metres you will pass a pedestrian gate on your left leading to Tuckingmill Valley. Park sensibly anywhere along here, meeting outside of the old Cornwall Hydraulic Services factory 25 metres further along the road.

    Requirements:

    All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring lunch, sun screen and hand cleansing gel. Wellies are essential.

    Additional Info:

    A chance to explore the rich mosaic of wetlands along this old tin streaming valley, where the resident species include the Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly – Ischnura pumilio, the Small Red Damselfly - Ceriagrion tenellum & the Keeled Skimmer – Orthetrum coerulescens. We will move on from Great Wheal Seton to other dragonfly sites along the Red River Valley LNR, (including Bell Lake Marsh), after lunch.

     

    This event is free!

  • 3rd – 10th July 2013
    Slovakia

    Event:

    Slovakia Dragonflies, Birds & Butterflies

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    Additional Info:

    An 8-day wildlife tour to eastern Slovakia, running at the best time of year to see dragonflies on the wing

    Cost £1595 (single supplement £100). Maximum group size: 12.

    Leaders: Peter Kennerley and Dušan Šácha

  • Friday 5th July- Sunday 7th July 2013
    Preston Montford Field Centre, Shropshire

    Event:

    FSC Dragonflies and Damselflies course.  Tutor: Ian Cheeseborough.

    Contact:

    Field Studies Council Tel:08453307378

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    Meet:

    Course based at Preston Montford Field Centre, Montford Bridge, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. 

    Requirements:

    Course cost: 253. 

  • Saturday 6th July 2013
    The Learning Centre at Wicken Fen Cambridgeshire

    Event:

    Course: Introducing the Dragonfly

    Contact:

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

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    Meet:
    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    with Ruary Mackenzie Dodds.
    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 24th August 2013)
    Price £35.00

  • Saturday 6th July 2013
    Catherton Common, Shropshire

    Event:
    Contact:

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

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Meet for an 11.00am start on the Common at SO640790 close to the cattle grid where to unfenced road leaves the common land.
    For a map see the meetings page on: www.warwickshire-dragonflies.org.uk.

    Requirements:

    Bring lunch, strong footwear. There is about a 2km round walk over rough ground to visit the prime part of the site.  
     

    Additional Info:

    A return visit to this special site, now a Shropshire Wildlife Trust reserve, where the target species are the Golden-ringed Dragonfly and the Keeled Skimmer. It is an excellent site for these species.
    There is much else of interest on the Common including a good population of Bog Bush Cricket.
    See also www.shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk Catherton Common page. Do not go to the location pinpointed on this page but to the one above!

  • Sunday 7th July 2013
    The Learning Centre at Wicken Fen Cambridgeshire

    Event:

    Course: Adult Dragonflies and their Habitat for Beginners

    Contact:

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

    Contact Email:
    Meet:
    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    with Stuart Irons and Karen Buckley
    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.
    Price £35.00

  • Sunday 7th July 2013
    Yorkshire Museum Gardens and Hospitium, York

    Event:

    Insect Festival

    Contact:

    Just turn up!

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    Meet:

    10:00am to 4:00pm

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    BDS Yorkshire Branch will be represented.

  • Sunday 7th July 2013
    Deeping Lakes Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve

    Event:

    A BDS Anniversary Event

    Contact:

    Dave Mainwaring on 01778 571213 or mobile 07711 944305 or dmainwaring@btinternet.com

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    In the car park. Grid Ref TF182077

    Directions: On the B 1166 road from Deeping St James to Crowland. Go over the railway level crossing at Deeping St James and at the sharp left hand bend as you approach the River Welland, turn right into the reserve at the bend. The car park is approx. 400 metres along the entrance track on the right.

    Requirements:

    Wear stout footwear as the ground is uneven. Bring hot weather items if appropriate plus drink. Any children must be accompanied by an adult.
     

    Additional Info:

    2:00pm – 4:00pm. 15+ species have been recorded on this Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust Reserve.  This walk is free. 

  • Sunday 7th July 2013
    Felmersham NR & Felmersham Meadow, Bedfordshire

    Event:

    A BDS Anniversary Event

    Contact:

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

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    10.30AM in the reserve carpark at SP986582

    Requirements:

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

    Additional Info:

    We aim to look for possible Norfolk Hawkers and other dragonflies & Butterflies in the meadow.  A joint meetings of the british dragonfly society (BDS) & the Bedfordshire Natural History Society (BNHS.

  • 10th – 17th July 2013
    Camargue, France

    Event:

    Camargue for Dragonflies and Birds

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    Additional Info:

    Cost £1,295 (single supplement £140). For further details and 2012 report see www.naturetrek.co.uk

    Leader: Dave Smallshire

  • Friday 12th & Saturday 13th July 2013
    Whisby Nature Park, SW of Lincoln, Lincolnshire

    Event:

    BioBlitz

    Contact:

    Brian Hedley  brian_hedley@hotmail.com  (07989 665794)

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    Meet:

    The Education Centre (not the main visitor centre) will be the ‘nerve centre’ of recording operations over the two days and will be open from 10am each day. On the Friday evening there will also be a moth and bat recording session from 9pm.  Park in the main car park (£1 fee applicable) which is located at SK911662.
     

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    This large site will be hosting a multi-organizational Bioblitz event put together by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and the over two days ambitiously aims to record over 1000 species of flora and fauna. The habitat comprises flooded gravel pits, ponds and ditches. A fairly wide variety of common dragonfly and damselfly species are expected and with the right weather the site can be teeming with thousands of damselflies alongside the pathways.  A variety of local experts will be around the site over the two days so come and see what you can record.
    Café and toilets on site in the main visitor centre. All paths are level but sometimes muddy after rain.  Binoculars and camera useful.
     

  • Sunday 14 July 2013
    Nettlebed Common, South Oxfordshire

    Event:

    Dragonfly and wildlife walk led by Rod d’Ayala

    Contact:

    Elizabeth Smeeton 01491 641199, email elizabeth2012@yahoo.com

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    Meet:

    2 for 2.30pm  Nettlebed Recreation Ground, Priest Hill, Nettlebed RG9 5AR.  Event will be signed from B481 Watlington Street

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    Open afternoon, families welcome. This event is supported by the Chiltern Commons Project and is FREE of charge, however there will be a small charge for Refreshments (including home-made cake!), to be served in the Sports Pavilion.  Uneven terrain - please wear suitable footwear.  
    www.nettlebed-commons.org
     

  • Tuesday 16th July 2013
    Isle of Skye, Scotland

    Event:

    Dragonfly survey walk with the Scottish Wildlife Trust and the Skye and Lochalsh Environment Forum.

    Contact:

    Babs Macritchie, 07783 297361

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Waternish, Isle of Skye 10am  (contact Babs for exact location)

    Requirements:

    Bring pack lunch, binoculars, midge protection and wellies. Waterproofs may be needed in case of inclement weather. Also if you have them bring a collander and white plastic spoon for larval searching.

    Additional Info:

    We are intending to target little-recorded areas of north Skye on this day. There are several sites in the area we are hoping to search for adults and larvae. We will car share between sites where possible. Some walking over rough ground.

  • Friday 19th - Monday 22nd July 2013
    Slapton Field Centre, Slapton, South Devon

    Event:

    An introduction to the dragonflies and damselflies of southwest England

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    Additional Info:

    Tutor: Dave Smallshire

    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.
    Fees and booking
    Shared room: £305; sole occupancy room: £335; non-resident: £220. Pre-booking with Field Studies Council essential, by mail, phone, email or online (address: 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/.
     

  • Saturday 20th July 2013
    NWT Upton Fen, Norfolk

    Event:
    Contact:

    Dr Pam Taylor (01692 670311)Email: pamtaylor@british-dragonflies.org.uk

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    Meet:

    10.00am at Upton Fen car park, TG379136. Postcode NR13 6EQ (Low Road), From Acle, Norwich or Wroxham head towards South Walsham, then follow signs for Pilson Green.
     

    Requirements:

    Booking essential, preferably by email stating ‘morning’. Numbers strictly limited.Wellies or boots, insect repellent. Packed lunch if staying on site (unguided) for the afternoon.
     

    Additional Info:

    Morning walk to look for a broad range of dragonfly species, including Norfolk Hawker and Variable Damselfly.
     

  • Saturday 20th July 2013
    The Moors, Merstham, nr Redhill, Surrey

    Event:
    Contact:

    on the day: Steve Bolton, Surrey Wildlife Trust (07799 894148) / Catherine Burton, HSBG & Surrey Biodiversity Information Centre (07919 664233)

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    10:30 am at TQ29455174 - car park off Nutfield Road between Mercers County Park and Holmethorpe Lagoons.
    Directions:  From Nutfield take the first right just after the Car Wash down Church Hill past the The Country Park with Aqua Sports on the right. Carry on until there is a width restriction in the road and a brick bridge. The car park is now IMMEDIATELY on your left before the sign to Watercolour New houses. The car park is set back on the left and rather easy to miss.
    - From the west on the A25 turn left down Cornmongers Lane.

    Requirements:

    lunch, wellies
     

    Additional Info:

    Visit the recently created Surrey WT wetland reserve in former sand quarry, comprising open water lagoons, marsh, grassland and river banks. Also good for birds. An open meeting of the Hants, Surrey, Berks Group.
     

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