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 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 Honeybourne - 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.
    Start: 10.30am

    Requirements:

    Bring lunch, and strong footwear.

    Additional Info:
  • 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.

     

    Activity timetable

    09:30

    Official opening of the Birdfair followed by a small mammal survey for all the family

    09:30 onwards

    Guides in the Hides – experts with telescopes will be in several of the wetland hides to help visitors with identification

    10:30

    Moth trap opening near the visitor centre

    11:00

    Join us for some owl pellet dissection in the Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union gazebo.

    11:00

    The BBQ opens for our visitors

    11:00 to 15:00

    Supervised pond dipping

    13:00 onwards

    Peter Mill will be around the dragonfly pond area to help visitors to identify the various species which can be seen in June

    13:30

    Bug Hunt - Improve your insect ID skills by joining our bug-hunter Glen – Meet at the visitor centre

    14:00

    Learn which birds are singing on the reserve with Linda Jenkinson of Start Birding

    15:00

    Fish pass walk: your chance to see a section of the River Aire and a part of the reserve not usually open to visitors. Meet at the gate by the Reedbed Hide.

    16:00

    Birdfair closes

    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:
  • Sunday 24 June 2018
    Eastleigh, Hampshire

    Event:

    Itchen Valley County Park Dragonfly Walk

    We're heading to Southampton to this country park of water meadows, ancient woodland and grazing pasture at the side of the River Itchen, hoping to find Southern Damselfly on the wing and also as a larva.

    Cost: FREE

    Photo of Southern Damselfly (male) by Mario Finkel.

    Contact:

    Graham Vick mob: 07775 916238  tel: 01256 850718

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    10:30 at Itchen C.P. Visitor Centre, Allington Lane, West End, SO30 3HQ  (SU461159).

    Requirements:

    Lunch (or available at the visitor centre café), and good boots.

     

    Additional Info:

    Itchen Valley Country Park website

    Park charge - £4.30 for 4 hours.

  • 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:
  • Tuesday 26th June 2018
    RSPB Aylesbeare Nature Reserve, Devon

    Event:

    Join the warden, learn how to identify the Southern Damselfly - one of the rarest species on the heath - a help with our annual survey. Event is weather dependant. Suitable for 16 years plus.

    Cost: RSPB member £7.50, non-member £10.

    Credit: Pam Taylor

    Contact:

     Aylesbeare Nature Reserve Tel: 01395 233655

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    RSPB Aylesbeare nature reserve, Exmouth Road (A3052), Devon

    Start: 11:00 Finish: 14:00

    Requirements:

    A good level of fitness needed due to access issues.

    Early booking advised. Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/southern-damselfly-walk-and-survey-rspb-a...

     

    Additional Info:
  • Thursday 28 June 2018
    Sheffield, South Yorkshire

    Event:

    Dragonflies at Woodhouse Washlands Nature Reserve

    A joint meeting between British Dragonfly Society, Sorby Natural History Society & Museums Sheffield. There has been some development on this reserve in the last 18 months, with a few channels and ponds being added. This will be an opportunity to take a look if any Odonata are taking advantage of these new features.

    Wildlife Trust Woodhouse Washlands Nature Reserve website.

    Cost: FREE

    Photo of Blue-tailed Damselfly (female) by David Kitching

    Contact:

    Alistair McLean, South West Yorkshire County Dragonfly Recorder. Tel: 0114 2782648

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Meet at Woodhouse Washlands Nature Reserve entrance, Furnace Road, Sheffield, S13 9WG (SK431855). 

    Start 11:00.

    Requirements:

    Outdoor footwear and clothing.

    Additional Info:

    On street parking is available on Furnace Road.

  • Saturday 30 June 2018
    Lower Otter Valley, South Devon

    Event:

    Lower Otter Valley

    Field meeting to look for White-legged Damselfly and possible Hairy Dragonfly.

    Cost: FREE

    Photo of White-legged Damselfly (male) by Dave Mitchell.

    Contact:

    Dave Smallshire, Devon County Dragonfly Recorder tel: 01626 853393

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Lime Kiln car park, Granary Lane, Budleigh Salterton, EX9 6JD (grid reference SY073820), returning in time for lunch.

    Start 10.00

    Requirements:

    Binoculars desirable.

    Suitable clothing and footwear (tracks may be muddy).

    Booking not necessary.

    Additional Info:
  • Sunday 1 July 2018
    South Petherton, Somerset

    Event:

    Barcroft Hall

    The grounds of the Hall are home to a number of large ponds and our aim would be to survey them all as far as possible. Perhaps the commonest species is Erythromma viridulum.

    Pond Dippers are welcome to help add to the list.

    Weather permitting, the aim would be to spend most of the day at Barcroft and so members of the group should be encouraged to bring picnics!

    Barcroft Hall website.

     

     

    Photo by stevekeiretsu, flikr.

    Contact:

    Mike Parr Tel: 01460 241960 

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Barcroft Hall, North Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5DA

    Requirements:

    Contact Mike Parr to book (group limited to 15).

    Bring lunch.

    Additional Info:

    Visit courtesy of the owners Richard and Tracey Killen.

  • Sunday 1st July 2018
    Birmingham Entomological Show 2018

    Event:

    Birmingham Entomological Show 2018

    Birmingham Entomological Show returns to the Edgbaston Cricket Ground for another superb day. This will feature a huge range of both live and papered specimens of tarantulas, beetles, moths, butterflies as well as a host of other species. A full range of equipment will also be available including housing, moth traps, books, cabinets and trays and much more.

    Contact:

    Warren Davis Tel: 07743012794

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Start 10:30 Finish 16:00

    Edgbaston Cricket Ground Edgbaston Rd, B5 7QU Birmingham, United Kingdom

    The venue is exceptionally easy to reach by car, public transport or even walking from Birmingham town centre

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:
  • Tuesday 3rd July 2018, 10:00am
    Baston Fen Nature Reserve, Near Bourne, Lincolnshire

    Event:

    Dragonfly Walk at Baston Fen Lincolnshire

    10:00am - 13:00pm

    FREE event! Booking essential. Organised by Peterborough Bird Club, an informal walk around Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust reserve Baston Fen near Bourne. In summer there are various damselflies, including red-eyed and variable, and a good variety of dragonflies, including hairy, migrant hawker, ruddy darter and four-spotted chaser. Please meet at the reserve at 10:00am. Option to carry on to other nearby sites in the afternoon if attendees wish. Booking is essential so please contact the organiser for further details.

    Photo: Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

    For more information about the reserve please see the LWT website: http://www.lincstrust.org.uk/reserves/baston-fen

    Peterborough Bird Club website: https://www.peterboroughbirdclub.com/

    Contact:

    Trisha Thompson

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Baston Fen Nature Reserve, Counter Drain Drove, Baston, Lincolnshire. Nearest postcode: PE6 9PX

    Grid ref: TF 145176

    Map: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir//52.7440961,-0.3046614/@52.7418134,-0.3828815,12z

     

    Requirements:

    Please dress for the weather, the site is very open with no shelter and no facilities. Sturdy shoes are reccomended. Please bring lunch if you plan to stay into the afternoon.

    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 7 July 2018
    Charlecote, Warwickshire

    Event:

    Dragonfly Walk at Thelsford Farm

    Visit to a private site, close to the Avon,  with restored old gravel workings where there are large ponds and marshy areas. We will also visit an irrigation pool on a farm close by so will hopefully see a good variety of still water species.

    Cost: FREE

    Photo of Southern Hawker (male) by David Kitching.

     

    Contact:

    Peter Reeve. Evening tel: 01926 632400. Day tel: 07980064079

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Meet at a barn at SP265575. The site is north of Charlecote, up a road which turns west off the unnumbered road that runs north-south through Charlecote. Coming from Warwick on the A429 turn off for Charlecote. Approximately half a mile from the junction, take the concrete farm road on the right.

    Transport: Car or cycle is easiest. The nearest bus service is the Stagecoach X17 Coventry-Warwick-Stratford service. It runs half hourly. Alight at Charlecote Pheasant. The venue is a one mile walk up the Warwick road.

    Start 10:30 (meet at 10:15).

    Requirements:

    Bring lunch, and strong footwear.

    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 7 July 2018
    Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire

    Event:

    Adult Dragonflies and their habitats for beginners

    Led by Stuart Irons.

    The aim of this course is for participants to identify common species of adult dragonflies and their habitats. There will be sessions using colour photo presentations, one-to-one guidance and a field tour of adult dragonfly and water plant habitats.

    Cost: £35

    Photo of Emperor Dragonfly (male) by David Kitching.

    Contact:

    BDS Secretary, Henry Curry Tel: 01733 204286

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

     Dragonfly Centre and at the learning centre behind the cafe, Wicken Fen, Lode Lane, Wicken, Ely CB7 5XP

    Start 10:00. Finish 16:00

    Requirements:

    Contact Henry to book.

    Please bring your own lunch or visit the café on site. Small parking charge for non-NT members.

     

    Additional Info:

    Small parking charge for non National Trust members.

  • Saturday 7 July 2018
    Newdigate Brickworks, E. Surrey

    Event:

    Newdigate Brickworks Dragonflies

    Newdigate Brickworks is a 18ha Surrey Wildlife Trust reserve on the site of a former claypit and brickworks. There are two large lakes (good for waterfowl) and several smaller ponds (good for dragonflies).

    Wildlife Trust Newdigate Brickworks website.

    Cost: FREE

    Photo of Brown Hawker (male) by Mark Tyrrell

    Contact:

    Mike Thurner Tel: 07775 628102

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Gated card park Newdigate Brickworks, 20 Mulberry Pl, Newdigate, Dorking RH5 5DN (TQ203425)
    Approach from Newdigate via Church Road, at the end turn left into Hogspudding Lane and then after a bit turn right into Mulberry Place.

    Start: 10:30

     

    Requirements:

    Lunch, and good boots.

    Additional Info:

    Mike has recorded 19 dragonfly/damselfly species on the site previously.

  • Saturday 7 July 2018
    NWT Upton Fen, Norfolk

    Event:

    **FULLY BOOKED** Dragonflies at Upton Fen

    This is a joint meeting between the BDS and Norfolk Wildlife Trust Broadland Group. Join us for a morning walk to look for a broad range of dragonfly species, including Norfolk Hawker and Variable Damselfly.

    Wildlife Trust Upton Broad and Marshes website.

    Cost: FREE

    Photo of Norfolk Hawker (female) by Damian Pinguey

    Contact:

    Dr Pam Taylor, Norfolk Dragonfly Recorder Tel: 01692 670311

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Upton Fen car park, Low Road, NR13 6EQ (TG379136).

    From Acle, Norwich or Wroxham head towards South Walsham, then follow signs for Pilson Green. Local public transport services are limited. The nearest train station is Acle (3.5 miles).

    Start 10:00

    Requirements:

    Booking essential – preferably by email. Numbers limited.

    Wear suitable clothing.

    Additional Info:
  • Wednesday 11 July 2018
    Craven Arms, Shropshire

    Event:

    Learn to Love Dragonflies & Damselflies

    This day course is designed for people who are interested in learning more about dragonflies and damselflies but don’t know where to start. It’s a very gentle introduction to the world of dragonflies and damselflies and the art (and science) of telling one type from another.

    There are over 50 species of dragonflies and damselflies in Britain. Many people will have seen them flying over ponds and rivers in summer, flashing their jewel-like colours. If you’re interested in dragonflies and damselflies but don’t feel ready for a beginner’s ID workshop, then this day is for you.

    This day course is designed for people who are interested in learning more about dragonflies and damselflies but don’t know where to start. It’s a very gentle introduction to the world of dragonflies and damselflies and the art (and science) of telling one type from another.

    • Learn about the fascinating natural history and important ecological role of these beautiful insects
    • Learn some of their names
    • Listen to a fascinating talk by a local dragonfly and damselfly expert
    • Learn how to tell a few different groups of dragonflies and damselflies apart
    • Find out how to take your interest further

    Sue Rees Evans has been the Shropshire County Recorder for Dragonflies and Damselflies for the last 8 years. During this time Sue created the Shropshire Dragonflies website, which serves as an online atlas and hosts the Shropshire Dragonfly Watch blog. Already an enthusiastic recorder of adult Dragonflies and Damselflies, an MSc in Biological Recording gave Sue the opportunity to dive into the world of larval and exuvial identification. With a real enthusiasm for hands on teaching, Sue has taught numerous courses on Dragonfly and Damselfly identification both as an Associate Tutor for the FSC and for various Wildlife Trusts, the National Trust and projects further afield such as ‘Cold-blooded and Spineless’ in the North Pennines. Though passing on the County Recorder role in 2018, Sue is looking forward to spending more time teaching and encouraging everyone to enjoy these fabulous insects.

    This course is heavily subsidised by the FSC BioLinks Project (funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund).

    Cost: £5

    Full information here.

    Photo White-legged Damselfly (male) by David Kitching.

     

    Contact:

    FSC BioLinks project team.

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre. School Road, Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 9RS

    Start 10:00. Finish 16:00.

    Requirements:

    Book here.

    The day will include some fieldwork outside so please dress appropriately. 

    Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch!

    Additional Info:
  • Friday 13 - Sunday 15 July, 2018
    Shrewsbury, Shropshire

    Event:

    Residential Course: Introduction to Dragonflies and Damselflies.

    This course is aimed at all those with a desire to learn more about these stunning insects. You will be introduced close up to a good number of our Shropshire species of dragonfly and damselfly so that you leave confident in your own abilities to identify them and make species records. Classroom sessions on identification, life history, larvae and exuviae will be combined with a number of field visits to a range of aquatic habitats. This will allow you to put your skills into practice and to observe and understand the visual spectacle of these fascinating insects on the wing. The course will start on Friday evening and finish on Sunday late afternoon.

    Led by Sue Rees Evans (Shropshire County Dragonfly Recorder for 7 years and Odonata Tsar for the Shropshire Ecological Data Network).

    Cost: £265 (residential shared room price)

    Photo of Common Clubtail by David Kitching.

    Contact:

    Preston Montford Field Centre Tel: 01743 852040

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

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

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    For those who wish, the latest ‘Field Guide to the damselflies and dragonflies of Britain and Ireland’ by D. Smallshire & A. Swash will be available for purchase at £17.95 and 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).

  • Friday 13 July 2018
    Telford, Shropshire

    Event:

    Introduction to Dragonflies Workshop (part 2)

    We are returning to Beeches Field Reserve to see what species are in flight in July and trying to find some of the Dragonfly Challenge species! Find out about the Challenge here.

    This event is being funded by the Telford @ 50 project

    Cost: FREE

    Beeches Field LNR

    Contact:

     Lindsay Ward Tel: 01952 432244

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Contact Lindsay Ward for details on where to meet.

    Start: 13:00 Finish: 15:00

    Requirements:

    Appropriate outdoor clothing.

    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 14 July 2018
    York, North Yorkshire

    Event:

    Dragonfly Walk at Strensall Common

    This is a joint meeting with Freshwater Habitats Trust. Strensall Common is a Flagship Ponds site, the walk will visit numerous ponds on the common and there will be opportunity to see the conservation work done at Worlds End.

    Photo: Southern Hawker by David Kitching.

    Contact:

    Leaders - Anne Carter / Keith Gittens Tel:07903 449509

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Meet at10.00 am in Galtres Road Car Park, SE648611.

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 14 July 2018
    Tregaron, Ceredigion

    Event:

    Dragonfly walk at Cors Caron National Nature Reserve

    A joint meeting between the BDS and the North Ceredigion group of the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW). A walk along the old railway and boardwalk. 18 species of Dragonfly so far at this fascinating site.

    Cost: FREE

    Photo by: Gail Hampshire, flikr.

    Contact:

    Red Liford Tel: 01974 282672

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Cors Caron Reserve car park on the B4343, 2 ½ kms N.E. of Tregaron (grid ref SN 6919662516)

    Start 13.30

    Requirements:

    Suitable clothing and binoculars if you have them.

    Additional Info:

    Public toilets at car park

  • Saturday 14th July 2018
    Crymlyn Bog National Nature Reserve, South Wales

    Event:

    Dragonfly ID at Crymlyn Bog National Nature Reserve

    Join Dr Deborah Sazer of Wild Gower / Gŵyr Gwyllt to learn to identify and manage habitats for dragonflies on an exceptional species-rich lowland fen at the edge of Swansea. 

    Suitable for amateurs, students and professionals – both beginners and those with some experience. 

    Cost: £20 per person

    Photo of Emperor Dragonfly by Deborah Sazer.

    Contact:

    Dr Deborah Sazer of Wild Gower / Gŵyr Gwyllt

    Tel. 07703 343597

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Crymlyn Bog National Nature Reserve, near Swansea

    Start: 10:30 Finish: 15:30

    Requirements:

    BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Contact Dr Deborah Sazer

    Additional Info:

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