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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  • Saturday 28 April 2018
    Shrewsbury, Shropshire

    Event:

    Dragonfly Larvae and Exuviae Workshop

    A Dragonfly larvae workshop with 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.

    Cost: £45

    Photo: Southern Hawker by Christophe Brochard

    Contact:

    Preston Montford Field Centre Tel: 01743 852040

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Preston Montford Field Centre, Montford Bridge, Shrewsbury SY4 1DX (SJ433143). 

    Please report to reception.

    Start10:00. Finish 16:00.

     

    Requirements:

    Prebook here.

    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:

    For those who wish, the ‘Field Guide to the larvae and exuviae of British Dragonflies’ by Steve Cham will be available for purchase at £7.50 (correct cash/cheque only).

  • Saturday 28 April 2018
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire

    Event:

    Dragonfly recording at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve

     

    This is a joint meeting between Sorby Natural History Society, the British Dragonfly Society and Museums Sheffield. We will specifically be looking for Brachytron pratense, the Hairy Dragonfly; an early season riser, already known from this site, but will also be recording anything else we can while we’re there.

    Cost: FREE

    Hairy Dragonfly, copyright David Kitching

    Photo: Hairy Dragonfly (Male) by David Kitching

    Contact:

    Alistair McLean (South West Yorkshire County Dragonfly Recorder) Tel. 0114 2782648

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Potteric Carr Visitor Centre, Mallard Way, Doncaster DN4 8DB
    SE589007

    Starts 11:00

    Requirements:

    Contact Alistair beforehand, otherwise you’ll be asked to pay full price entry.The site management of Potteric Carr have kindly agreed to waive the entrance fee for this meeting in return to sharing records. 

    Wear suitable outdoor clothing.
    Bring ID guide and binoculars if you have them. 

    Additional Info:
  • Wednesday 2nd May
    Telford, Shropshire

    Event:

    Pond Dipping Workshop

     

    Afternoon field trip to Beeches Field Local Nature Reserve.

    Learn about Dragonfly life cycles and pond-dipping techniques, as well as how to identify Dragonfly larvae, and other aquatic invertebrates.

    Cost: FREE

    Photo of Emperor Dragonfly larva by Richard Toller. 

    Contact:

    Lindsay Ward

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Beeches Field Local Nature Reserve, SJ675037 (entrance off Orchard Lane).

    Start 14:00 Finish 16:00

    Requirements:

    Appropriate outdoor clothing.

    Bring Larvae ID book and a hand lense if you have them.

    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 19 May 2018
    Coventry, Warwickshire

    Event:

    Dragonfly Adult Identification and Monitoring Workshop

    Indoor and outdoor identification sessions will be held at the Wildlife Trust Brandon Marsh Reserve Nature Centre. How to record Dragonfly presence and behaviour in the field and the recording and monitoring protocols to use (as recommended by the British Dragonfly Society) will be discussed.

    Cost: FREE

    Photo Azure Damselfly (Female) by David Kitching

    Contact:

    Peter Reeve Warwickshire County Dragonfly Recorder. Evening Tel: 01926 632400. Day Tel: 07980064079.

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Barn at the Nature Centre, Coventry, Warwickshire CV3 3GW ( SP385758 ).

    Transport: Car or cycle is easiest. The nearest bus service is the Stagecoach 86 service between Coventry and Rugby. It runs at half hourly intervals. Alight at Brandon Memorial in the village. The venue is an approximately 2 mile walk. Go south into the village and take Station Road westwards beside the railway line.
     
    Start at 10.30am.

    Requirements:

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

    Additional Info:

    Refreshments are included but not lunch.

  • Saturday 19th May 2018
    WWT London Wetland Centre

    Event:

    WWT Wildlife Gardeners’ Day

    9:30am - 5:00pm

    A day-long joint venture organised by the Wildlife Gardening Forum and the Wildfowl & Wetland Trust. The organisers promise a packed programme for both beginners and wildlife gardening experts. Come along, meet like-minded people and learn more about going wild in the garden!

    Alongside workshops there will be presentations from well-known speakers and experts including Ruary Mackenzie Dodds, co-author of The Dragonfly-Friendly Gardener (2016). A British Dragonfly Society team is hosting a stall at the event’s accompanying Fair, so why not say hello and tell us about the dragons and damsels seen on the wing in your back garden?

    A wildlife pond at Wembworthy School, sponsored by the BDS

    Contact:

     For more details and to book a place please visit: www.wlgf.org

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    The event runs all day at the WWT London Wetland Centre, Barnes, LONDON, SW13 9WT

    Requirements:

    Advance booking essential at www.wlgf.org

    Additional Info:

    Whilst the day’s Wildlife Gardening Fair (stalls & exhibits) is free to London Wetland Centre visitors, entry to the Wildlife Gardeners’ Day scheduled talks and workshops is by prior booking only, price £25 (+£5 for cheque payments.) There is on-site parking.

  • Sunday 20 May 2018
    Stafford, Staffordshire

    Event:

    Dragonflies of Chartley Moss

    Chartley Moss National Nature Reserve is the largest floating peat bog in Britain, and supports important botanical communities. It is also recognised as an important site for Dragonflies, as its sphagnum pools support breeding populations of the rare White-faced Darter. Join Natural England NNR Co-ordinator Tim Coleshaw, and BDS Conservation Officer Ellie Colver, for a guided tour around this wonderful site, and a chance to encounter this charismatic species.

    Photo: White-faced Darter by David Kitching.

     

     

     

     

    Contact:

    Ellie Colver Tel: 07792 231 925

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    First walk starts 11:00

    Second walk starts 14:00

    Requirements:

    Wear suitable outdoor footwear (wellies would be best as it can be very wet) and clothing. Bring binoculars, ID books, camera if you have them. 

    Contact Ellie Colver to book a place on one of the walks. Please provide a phone/mobile number and the names of all the people attending.

    Additional Info:
  • Sunday 27 May 2018
    Hampstead , London

    Event:

    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 

    Contact:

    London Natural History Society

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    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.
     

    Requirements:

    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:
  • Sunday 27 May 2018
    Teigngrace, Devon

    Event:

    Spring Dragonflies at Stover Country Park, one of the prime sites in Devon

    A field meeting at Stover County Park with a focus on local specialities: Hairy Dragonfly and Downy Emerald. Optional visit to private ponds nearby after lunch to look for Red-eyed Damselfly.

    Cost: FREE

    Photo of Downy Emerald (teneral female) by David Kitching.

    Contact:

    Dave Smallshire Tel:01626 853393

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Stover County Park Visitor Centre, Newton Abbot TQ12 6QG (SX833751; entrance off A382 to Newton Abbot, 300m from A38, 10 miles from M5)
    Start 10:00. Finish by 16:00.

    Requirements:

    Bring lunch if staying for the afternoon.
    Close-focus binoculars and wellies useful.
    Pay and display car park.
    Advance booking not necessary.

    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 2nd June 2018, 10:00 - 13:30
    Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea, Essex

    Event:

    Photography Workshop: Dragonflies, Butterflies and other invertebrates
    Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea, Essex. Saturday, June 2, 2018

    Photo by David Hepper.

     

    Dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies are among our most photogenic insects and this workshop will look at the best techniques to use when trying to photograph them and other invertebrate species.
    The workshop starts with a talk covering these techniques and tips on finding and getting closer to them.
    We will then head outside and try out what we have learned on the spring flowers and wildlife.

    Equipment you will need:

    • A camera! DSLR, though some bridge cameras and advanced compacts may be suitable
    • A macro lens (or lens with close up/macro mode or close up lens attached)
    • If it is raining and your camera/lens is not weather proof then a carrier bag or rain sleeve to keep it dry will probably be needed
    • Something to kneel on
    • Waterproof clothing or something to lay on as you may end up laying down

    The following may be of use but are not necessary:

    • A bean bag to rest your camera/lens on
    • A tripod (if you have one)
    • Extension tubes
    • Flash and diffuser
    • Long telephoto lens (e.g. 300mm lens)

    Cost: £26.25 per person

    Max number of participants: 8

    BOOKING ESSENTIAL

    All workshop sessions will be presented by Neil Phillips, a wildlife photographer with nine years experience, who has photographed many different species across much of the UK.

    Neil has been highly commended in the British Wildlife Photography Awards and been runner up in a number of national competitions and published in national newspapers

    To see samples of Neil's work visit his website: http://www.uk-wildlife.co.uk/dt_gallery_category/dragonflies-damselflies...

    Please see website for further details :
    https://www.wattylercountrypark.org.uk/park-events/2018/6/2/photography-workshop-dragonflies-butterflies-and-other-invertebrates-at-wat-tyler-cp

    Contact:

    Neil Phillips

    Phone: 01268 206667 / 01268 207984

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Wat Tyler Centre, Pitsea, Essex, SS16 4UH

    Map: https://www.google.com/maps/search/Pitsea+ss16+4uh/@51.5649418,0.492641,14z/data=!3m1!4b1

    Requirements:

    Please dress for the weather as we will be outside, bring something to kneel/lie on, something to cover your camera with if it rains and bring your own lunch along.

    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 2 June 2018
    Farnborough, Hampshire

    Event:

    Dragonfly Survey along Cove Brook and surrounding marshland

    This relatively wild area is attached to Southwood Golf Course in Farnborough, and is due to become part of a new Sustainable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) in the next year or so. This event will be an opportunity to assess which species are currently present, and also what improvements might be useful for the Council to make. There will be a follow-up visit on 4th August 2018.

    Cost: FREE

    Photo of Four-spotted Chaser (female) by David Kitching

    Contact:

    Derek and Sarah Flynn Tel: 07763 580438

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    By the corner of Hazel Avenue and Dene Road in Farnborough (nearby post code is GU14 0HA - map ref SU856554). Please note that Hazel Avenue is divided into two. Either drive to the meeting point from Cove Road (B3014 - turn by Whoopee Motor Factors into Hazel Avenue), or approach from Elles Road (A327), turning into Arrow road, (ignoring a turning into Hazel Avenue on the left), on down Cody Road, and eventually left down Dene Road. There should be sufficient on-road parking in the vicinity.

    Start 10:30 am.

    Requirements:

    Some of the land is quite marshy, so sensible footwear is advised. The survey will probably take until lunchtime. Those bringing a packed lunch could have their lunch by Basingstoke canal - about 2 miles away (details on the day).

    Additional Info:
  • Wednesday 6 June 2018
    ‎Dunkeld, Perth and Kinross

    Event:

    Dragonfly Identification Workshop

    Join Andrea Hudspeth, British Dragonfly Society Scotland Officer, for a talk and walk getting to know dragonflies and damselflies.

    Cost: Adult £6, concession/member £5, child £3, child member £2.

    Full information here.

    Photo of Migrant Hawker (male) by David Kitching.

    Contact:

    Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre Tel: 01350 727337

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre, Loch of the Lowes, Dunkeld PH8 0HH

    Start: 10:00. Finish 16:00

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 9 June 2018
    Abingdon, Oxfordshire

    Event:

    Dragonflies of Abingdon

    Choice of MORNING & AFTERNOON field meetings near to Oxford

    British Dragonfly Society with support of BBOWT and Abingdon Naturalists Society.

    Morning:  “Up close & Specific” – Cothill Fen near Oxford.

    Times:   9.30 – 11.30am  A 2km stroll to identify some rarer ‘confusion’ species including: Southern and Small Red Damselflies plus Keeled Skimmer, as pre-flight emergents, tenerals & adults.

    Afternoon: “Smorgasbord of Possibility” – Abingdon Wetlands

    Times:  12.30 – 4.30pm   A 6-7km circuit stroll to prove breeding in a diverse range of floodplain and river habitats.  Target species include: Variable and White-legged Damselflies, Downy Emerald, Hairy and Club-tailed Dragonflies.

    Photo of Variable damselflies by David Kitching.

    Contact:

    Ian Smith Tel: 01865 392 120

    Contact Email:
    Meet:
    Requirements:

    Numbers Limited - Please register ASAP for full details, including bus & rail options and accessibility information.

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

    Event:

    Dragonfly and Damselfly Identification 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. 

    Price: £45

    Photo of Broad-bodied Chaser

    Contact:

    Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust Conservation Centre Reservoir Road Gloucester GL4 6SX 

    Tel: 01452 383333 

    Booking at GWT website

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Woorgreens nature reserve, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

    *Booking Required*
     

     

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 16 June 2018
    Horton, Northamptonshire

    Event:

    Downy Emeralds and friends at Yardley Chase

    To watch the Downy Emerald at its only site in Northamptonshire, a private woodland estate. We should also see good numbers of the usual spring species including Hairy Dragonfly. We may even see some early Southern Hawkers.

    Cost: FREE

    Photo of Downy Emerald (female).

    Contact:

    Mark Tyrrell, Northamptonshire County Dragonfly Recorder Tel: 01933 389 748

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Yardley Chase. Full joining instructions will be provided about 1 week prior.
    Start: 10:30.

    Requirements:

    Contact Mark Tyrrell to book your place. This field trip is restricted to 12 participants and spaces are available on a first come first served basis.

    Walking boots, packed lunch, water.

    Additional Info:

    There are no toilet facilities.

  • Saturday 16 June 2018
    Exeter, Devon

    Event:

    Lower Clyst Valley Dragonflies

    A joint meeting with East Devon District Council to look at ponds, the River Clyst and its marshes. Targets species: White-legged Damselfly, Hairy Dragonfly and Scarce Chaser.

    Cost:FREE

    Photo of Scarce chaser (female) by Neil Malton

    Contact:

    Dave Smallshire, Devon County Dragonfly Recorder Tel: 01626 853393

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Dart’s Farm Wetland car park, Topsham, Clyst St George, Exeter EX3 0QH (grid reference SX974886). which is down a track to the left at the end of the main western car park .

    Start 10:00

    Requirements:

    Binoculars will be helpful.

    Booking not necessary.

    Additional Info:

    We will return Dart’s Farm or nearby pub for lunch.

  • Sunday 17 June 2018
    Wicken, Cambridgeshire

    Event:

    Dragonfly Larvae Identification Course

    A Dragonfly larvae I.D. course with Henry Curry at National Trust Wicken Fen Nature Reserve. Aimed at beginners, this course will start with an introduction to dragonfly larvae and the their place in the dragonfly life-cycle. Indoor practical sessions will focus on the identification of cast skins (exuviae). Depending on the weather, we'll go out onto the Fen and look at the dipping ponds and practice identification in the field.

    Cost: £35

    Photo of Southern Hawker by Christophe Brochard

    Contact:

    Henry Curry, BDS Secretary  Tel: 01733 204286

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Please report to the Wren building at Wicken Fen, Lode Lane, Wicken, Ely CB7 5XP

    Start 10:00. Finish 16:00.

    Requirements:

    Contact Henry Curry to book.

    Bring a packed lunch, or eat at the National Trust cafe.

    Sturdy footwear - perhaps wellies/walking boots if it has been wet -  and waterproofs as we will be venturing out on to the Fen.

    Total walking will be no more than 1km. Identification guides, hand lens if you have one. We'll provide some microscopes. (Note: There is a car park charge for non-NT members.)

    Additional Info:

    For those who wish, the ‘Field Guide to the larvae and exuviae of British Dragonflies’ by Steve Cham will be available.

  • Sunday 17 June 2018
    Esher, Surrey

    Event:

    Esher Common Brilliant Emeralds

    We're looking for Brilliant Emerald at Black Pond and other species at the surrounding ponds up to and across the A3.

    Cost: FREE

    Photo of Brilliant Emerald (female) by Pierre Papon

    Contact:

    David Hepper, BDS Recorders Officer Tel: 07768 452365

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Horseshoe Clump car park, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey KT10, (TQ125628). If full, at Claremont Park (NT)
    Start 10:30.
     

    Requirements:

    Bring: lunch and good boots.

    Additional Info:

    No facilities on the common.

  • Saturday 23 June 2018
    Leeds, West Yorkshire

    Event:

    Leeds Birdfair

    The BDS Yorkshire Dragonfly Group will be attending the annual Birdfair at Rodley Nature Reserve and will be leading Dragonfly walks around the ponds.

    There will be various exhibitors, equipment demonstrations, hands-on-activities, guides in the hides and a BBQ.  Light refreshments including home baking will be available in the visitor centre.  There will also be a Mammal survey starting at 9.30am, Moth Trap opening 10.30am and later in the morning a Bug Hunt. Supervised pond dipping for young children will be available from 11am to 3pm – nets and trays will be distributed from the two public dipping ponds.

    Visit Rodley Nature Reserve website for more infomation.

    Photo by Rodley Nature Reserve.

    Contact:

    Rodley Nature Reserve 0113 2040441

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Rodley Nature Reserve, Moss Bridge Rd, Rodley, Leeds LS13 1HP

    Located near Leeds Town Centre. Access by bike or on foot is easy.
    Carpark at SE2342136364.

    Start: 9:30

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 23 June 2018
    Heart of England Forest, Warwickshire

    Event:

    Dragonflies in the Heart of England Forest

    The Forest is the legacy of publisher Felix Dennis and is currently some 3000 acres in extent. It comprises woodland, grassland and wetland areas. See the Forest website for more info: www.heartofenglandforest.com

    We visited the wetland in the north of the forest in 2016. This year we will visit pools in the south of the forest at Collets Farm, Dorsington and then go to a relatively new pool at Honeyboure - the very south of the Forest. We will enjoy and survey the dragonfly fauna at the pools.

    Cost: FREE

    Photo Emerald Damselfly (female) by David Kitching

    Contact:

    Peter Reeve Warwickshire County Dragonfly Recorder. Evening Tel: 01926 632400. Day Tel: 07980064079.

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Collets Farm, Dorsington (SP 1267 5046 & CV37 8AU).
    Transport: Car or cycle is easiest. The nearest bus service is the Stagecoach 28-28A service between Stratford-on-Avon and Evesham. It runs half hourly. There is then an approximately 2.5 mile walk to Dorsington.
    Starr 10.30am

    Requirements:

    Bring lunch, and strong footwear.

    Additional Info:
  • Sunday 24 June 2018
    Ripon, North Yorkshire

    Event:

    Dragonfly Walk High Batts Private Nature Reserve

     This is a joint meeting with Cleveland Naturalists' Field Club.

    Photo: Brown Hawker by David Kitching

    Contact:

    Led by Bill Hall and Keith Gittens Tel: 07903 449509

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Start: 10.30am

    Lay-by on the A6108, SE289761. From there we will drive down to the reserve. In the afternoon there should be time to visit some more ponds nearby.

    Requirements:

    Outdoor clothing.

    Additional Info:

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