Upcoming Events

This is the diary of special events, courses, field trips and holidays. Further diary entries will be added as they become known so be sure to check back for additional events.

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The background colour of the date is used to show different types of meeting:

  • Green is used for BDS and BDS Local Group field meetings and events.
  • Blue events have a BDS stand or speaker but the BDS is not responsible for the event itself - please follow any given links for details.
  • Yellow is for relevant non-BDS events, listed using information as it was provided to us. All details are solely under the control of the individual event organisers and may not get updated again here. We suggest you contact these organisers or follow the given links to confirm details.

For those leading events, the current BDS Risk Assessment and Walk Guidelines can be downloaded here. Walk leaders are advised to adapt the Risk Assessment if necessary. Only those events sent to us in advance and displayed on our website are covered by BDS insurance. It's therefore worth checking that your event is displayed before it takes place. An event can be advertised as only for local group members or limited to bookings only. Many thanks for your cooperation. 

  • 3 March 2018
    Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire


    Staffordshire Invertebrate Science Fair 

    A day of bugs! Lots of kids activites, including indoor pond dipping. Chat to insect experts and attend talks on weird and wonderful bugs!

    Follow the event Facebook page for updates: www.facebook.com/staffsbugfest



    Andy Jukes

    Contact Email:

    Staffordshire University Science Centre, Leek Road, Stoke on Trent, ST42DF

    Additional Info:

    Starts 10:30, Finishes 16:00

    Free entry

    Free parking.

    Cafe on site.


  • 17 March 2018
    Peterborough, Cambridgeshire



    Join us at our Spring Meeting to hear about the BDS's exciting recording projects for 2018! In addition, you will have the chance to learn about Dragonfly and wetland conservation, and research, from a range of speakers, as well as the opportunity to discuss Dragonfly recording with our experts. This year's meeting will also feature a 1 hour forum for County Dragonfly Recorders.


    Programme (may be subject to change)


    09:30 – Arrival and registration


    10:00 – Welcome


    10:10 – Cambridgeshire Dragons (Val Perrin, BDS Trustee)


    10:30 – State of Nature 2020 (Pam Taylor, Dragonfly Conservation Group Convenor)


    10.50 – Clubtail Count 2018 (Genevieve Dalley, BDS Conservation Officer)


    11.00 – Break


    11:20 – White-faced Darters in England and Scotland (Matthew Geary, Lecturer and Conservation Ecologist at The University of Chester)


    11.50 – Dragonfly Challenge, for non-CDRs,  (Eleanor Colver, Conservation Officer) and the start of the County Dragonfly Recorder Forum (1 hour, hosted by David Hepper, BDS Records Officer)


    12:20 – Lunch Break (starts at 12:50 for CDRs)


    13:50 – Southern Damselflies in Dorset (Chris Dieck, RSPB Ecologist) 


    14:20 – Norfolk Ponds Project  (Carl Sayer, Norfolk Ponds Project Leader)


    14:50 – Break


    15:10 – Tyntesfield (Steve White, Photographer)


    15:40 – Questions and Answers Session (Chaired by Pam Taylor)


    16:10 – Summary


    16.30 – Close



    Shops Attending Event


    The British Dragonfly Society Shop


    Pemberley Books, Specialist Natural History Booksellers 




    Eleanor Colver (Conservation Officer)

    Mobile: 07792 231 925

    Contact Email:

    The Peterborough Suite of the East of England Showground (Arena and Events Centre), Peterborough, PE2 6XE.


    Information on how to get there, where to stay and parking can be found on the East of England Showground Website.


    The venue includes disabled parking, access and conveniences, as stated in the FAQ.



    Lunch is not provided so please bring lunch with you.


    Book your FREE ticket here on Eventbrite


    Additional Info:

    Entry is free, however we would appreciate a donation to cover costs (we suggest £5 members, £10 non-members).


    Refreshments will be avaliable in the morning and afternoon breaks only.

  • Saturday 14th April 2018, 9.30am - 4.30pm
    Perth, Perth and Kinross


    Scottish Dragonfly Conference 2018: Saturday, 14 April 2018, The Soutar Theatre - AK Bell Library, York Place, Perth.



    Andrea Huspeth

    Tel: 07960 391297

    Contact Email:

    The Soutar Theatre - AK Bell Library, York Place, Perth PH2 8EP


    Book tickets here

    Please bring a packed lunch.

    Additional Info:

    An evening meal, in the County Hotel next door, can be arranged if there is enough interest.

  • 27th May 2018


    Hampstead Heath Dragonfly Survey


    Run by the London Natural History Soceity: Ecology & Entomology.
    Led by Roy Woodward, BDS Country Dragonfly recorder for Hertfordshire.


    Free admission. Open to members and none-members of LNHS.

    For more info and updates visit the LNHS website 


    London Natural History Society

    Contact Email:

    Meet at 10.30 outside Hampstead Heath overground station (which is a few minutes walk from Belsize Park tube station on the Northern line). End time is approximate 16:00.


    Bring lunch. Stout shoes or boots are advisable. Binoculars and/or hand lenses as appropriate are recommended. Cars not needed unless otherwise specified.

    Additional Info:
  • 10 June 2018
    Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire


    Dragonfly and Damselfly Identificaiton Workshop

    Would you like to know a hawker from a demoiselle? Join county dragonfly recorder Ingrid Twissell to explore our beautiful Woorgreens reserve and learn how to identify the many stunning dragonflies and damselflies. 

    Open to all; suitable for beginners and more experienced recorders. 


    Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust Conservation Centre Reservoir Road Gloucester GL4 6SX 

    Tel: 01452 383333 

    Contact Email:

    Beechenhurst Loft and Woorgreens nature reserve, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire



    More information and booking will become avaliable via: www.gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk/whats-on

    Price: £45


    Additional Info:

    Starts 09:30, finishes 16.00

    Parking: Pay and Display at Beechenhurst, free but limited at Woorgreens.

    Refreshments included.

  • 21st - 29th July 2018



    A whole week of events celebrating dragonflies across the UK, starting with a special event at Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire on Saturday 21st July.

    See the individual listings below for more details of events near you.


    Conservation Officer, Ellie Colver

    Contact Email:
    Additional Info:
  • 8 August 2018
    Simonsbath, Somerset


    Discover Exmoor's Dragonflies 

    Join a local expert from the British Dragonfly Society to learn the principles of dragonfly identification and field survey techniques. The day will consist of an indoor session in the morning, followed by outdoor fieldork in the afternoon.

    Cost £5 per person - which contributes to the CareMoor for Exmoor scheme, supporting heritage, nature and access projects on Exmoor.

    Discounts available for registered Exmoor National Park volunteers .

    Register here!

    Photo: Dave Smallshire


    Exmoor National Park Authority 
    Tel: 07970 099127 

    Contact Email:

    Pinkery Centre for Outdoor Learning (SS723411),  Simonsbath, Exmoor TA24 7LL


    Please bring lunch, drink, waterproof boots and outdoor clothing.

    Additional Info:

    Starts 10:00 AM, finishes16:00 PM