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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  • Tuesday 13th June and Tuesday 15th August, 2017
    National Trust Carding Mill Valley, Shropshire

    Event:

    Discovering Dragonflies

    This year Shropshire County Recorder Sue Rees Evans is running 2 dragonfly identification workshops at Carding Mill Valley. Aimed at beginners participants will learn to identify a range of species throughout both sessions. Classroom inputs during the morning will focus on identification of dragonflies (session one) and damselflies (session two). Following a brief lunch the afternoons will be spent outside at 2 different locations on the Long Mynd putting identification skills to the test. 

    Contact:
    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    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-the-long-mynd

    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.

    Booking essential.

    Additional Info:

    Cost: £10 per session. 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 (correct cash/cheque only).

    NB: Weather permitting both 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.

  • Friday 30th June 2017
    Cors Goch NNR

    Event:

    Dragonflies of Cors Goch NNR

    Join us for a dragonfly walk that Anna Williams of the NWWT has organised through Cors Goch, NE Anglesey, led by Rhys Jones.

    Contact:

    Anna Williams: 01248-360981 or 07772280970

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Please contact Anna Williams for more information

    Requirements:

    Please contact Anna Williams for more information

    Additional Info:

    Please contact Anna Williams for more information

  • Saturday 1st July 2017
    Redgrave & Lopham Fen, Suffolk

    Event:

    Dragonfly & Damselfly Identification in Suffolk

    Learn to identify and survey dragonflies and damselflies and how to record your sightings on iRecord. With Steve Piotrowski of Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

    Recording your sightings provides evidence for conservation decisions to be made such as assessing the impact that climate change and other environmental factors are having on our dragonflies and damselflies.

    You will spend a fascinating day with Steve Piotrowski on this wonderful wetland reserve finding out more about dragonflies and damselflies and their behaviour. Steve is a very experienced tutor with a wealth of knowledge on local dragonfly and damselfly species and populations.

    You will learn how to identify the common British dragonfly and damselfly species. A short time will be spent in the Centre looking at identification and basic survey techniques, ecology and biology. We will then go out on to the species-rich reserve to observe and identify dragonflies and damselflies in their habitat. Suitable for beginners/less experienced.

    Contact:

    Suffolk Wildlife Trust, 01473 890089

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    10:00 at Redgrave & Lopham Fen, Low Common Rd, South Lopham, Diss, Suffolk, IP22 2HX.

    Finishes: 15:00.

    Requirements:

    Cost: £25. Booking required. Suitable for 18+ years. No experience of dragonflies needed.

    Please bring:

    - A packed lunch

    - A notepad and pen

    - A camera or smartphone if you wish

    - A pair of binoculars would be very useful, and there will be a few pairs to borrow at the Centre.

    Additional Info:

    Book through Suffolk WT. Full details (including any changes) at their website.

  • Sunday 2nd July 2017
    The Learning Centre, Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire

    Event:

    Adult Dragonflies and their Habitats for Beginners

    A course with Stuart Irons.

     

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

    Contact:

    Henry Curry: 01733 204286 or via the email contact below

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    The Learning Centre at Wicken Fen Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire

     

    Getting There by Public Transport

    Visit the Wicken Fen website for more information.

    Requirements:

    Course costs £35 (includes Fen admission). Please bring your own lunch or visit the café on site. Advance Booking essential: telephone 01733 204286. 

    Additional Info:

    Course runs from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

    Small parking charge for non-NT members

  • Sunday 2nd July 2017
    York

    Event:

    Insect Festival 2017

    Following the success of previous years the Insect Festival will be taking place in York again in July 2017. IF17 is a celebration for anyone with a fascination for insects - from exhibitors and traders to wildlife groups and the general public.

    The Sunday event will take place at the Yorkshire Museum Gardens, with exhibits and a range of other stands and activities being held in the beautiful 14th century Hospitium and surrounding grounds.

    Yorkshire Dragonfly Group will be running a stall at this event so drop by to say hello and learn all about these fascinating insects. 

     

    Contact:

    Tom Hubball: 01535 678334

     

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    York Museum Gardens

    Event runs from 10am-4pm.

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    For more information visit the Royal Entomological Society website: www.royensoc.co.uk

  • Saturday 8th July 2017
    The New Forest, Hampshire

    Event:

    Rarities of Latchmore

    with the Hants & Surrey Borders Group

    We will be going in search of the rare Southern Damselfly (Coenagrion mercuriale), Small Red Damselfly (Ceriagrion tenellum) and Scarce Blue-tail Damselfly (Ischnura pumilio).

    Contact:

    Peter Allen: 01725 519269

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    10.30 at Ogdens Car Park MR: SU 182 124, Latchmore. Access to car park involves crossing a potentially very muddy farm yard.

     

    Getting There by Public Transport

    Access by public transport is hard. Contact the event leader.

    Requirements:

    Bring lunch

    Additional Info:

    This meeting involves a level walk of around two miles which involves crossing a shallow stream. No netting is allowed.

  • Saturday 8th July 2017
    Norfolk Wildlife Trust Upton Fen, Norfolk

    Event:

    Dragonflies of Upton Fen

     

    Joint meeting with 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.

    Contact:

    Dr Pam Taylor (BDS Norfolk Dragonfly Recorder): 01692 670311

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    At 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

     

    Getting There by Public Transport

    Local public transport services are limited. The nearest train station is Acle (3.5 miles). Konnect Bus 51 serves Pilson Green from Norwich.

     

    Requirements:

    Wear wellies or boots and bring insect repellent. Bring a packed lunch if staying on site (unguided) for the afternoon.

    Additional Info:

    Booking essential – preferably by email. Numbers strictly limited.

  • Sunday 9th July 2017
    Reading, Berkshire

    Event:

    Dragonflies and Butterflies of Fobney Island

    Event organised by the Friends of Fobney

     

    Come and explore this wetland reserve on the edge of Reading. Created in 2011, it has attracted around 16 species of butterflies and 15 species of dragonflies and damselflies, including Small Red-eyed Damselfly and Beautiful Demoiselle. The walk will take around 2-3 hours, depending on what we see. If you wish to stay on after the walk, you can explore the R. Kennet and Kennet and Avon canal which adjoin the site.

    Contact:

    Mike Turton (BDS Berkshire County Recorder): 07815 644385

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    11am at the small car park off Island Road (opposite the Reading recycling centre) SU705709. Please note that parking is very limited.

    Getting there by public transport: Reading Buses 6 from central Reading to Manor Farm Road, then walk through the Kennet Island development, across the A33 and along Island Road (approx 20 mins walk). Alternatively take the Greenwave bus from Reading to Kennet island, then walk across the A33 and along Island Road.  

    Requirements:

    Stout footwear and appropriate clothing – hopefully it will be sunny! Close-focus binoculars will also be useful. There will not be a formal lunch stop, but the walk will run over lunchtime, so please bring something to eat if you think you will need it.

    Additional Info:

     Free. Booking not essential but it would be useful to have some idea of  numbers. Event organised by the Friends of Fobney. For more information on the site, please look at the conservation section of the Berkshire Ornithological Club website http://berksoc.org.uk/conservation/fobney-island/

  • Tuesday 11th July 2017
    Carmarthenshire

    Event:

    Dragonfly Walks at National Botanic Garden of Wales

    Get ready for National Dragonfly Week! Dr Deborah Sazer will be leading dragonfly and damselfly walks around the ponds, lakes and marshland of the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

    Contact:

    For more information about the event call 01558 667149 or see https://botanicgarden.wales/visit/whats-on/

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    There will be two walks, 12-1pm, and 2-3pm, both beginning at the main visitor entrance.

    Requirements:

    Suitable footwear is recommended as the paths may be uneven and wet in places.

    Additional Info:

    The Dragonfly Walks are free with normal admission into the Garden, which is £10.50 for adults, £8.75 for concessions, £4.95 for children and £20/25 for families.

  • Friday 14th - Sunday 16th July, 2017
    Preston Montford Field Centre, Shropshire

    Event:

    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.

    Tutor: Sue Rees Evans (formerly McLamb) is the County recorder for Dragonflies in Shropshire and Odonata Tsar for the Shropshire Ecological Data Network.

    Contact:

    Preston Montford Field Centre Tel: 01743 852040

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Location: Preston Montford Field Centre (SJ433143). For further directions see: http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/prestonmontford.aspx

    The course will start on Friday evening and finish on Sunday late afternoon.

    Requirements:

    Cost: £275 (residential) 

    Additional Info:

    NB: 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 £10 (correct cash/cheque only).

  • Sunday 16th to Thursday 20th July 2017
    Cambridge

    Event:

    The International Congress of Odonatology 2017 

    (ICO2017)

     

    For the first time, the World Dragonfly Association meeting will be held in the UK, providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet up with dragonfly enthusiasts from around the world. The congress will include three special sessions associated with it's location in Cambridge this year: 

    Dragonfly vision
    Dragonfly flight, celebrating the contributions of Charlie Ellington
    Ten years since Philip, looking at advances in fields Philip Corbet contributed to.

    Contact:

    Visit the website at: www.ico2017.org

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Gillespie Centre, Clare College Cambridge. For travel information, click here

    Requirements:

    Registration is required. Registration will open on 1 January 2017. Ordinary registration will close 31 March 2017. For more details, visit the website.

    Additional Info:

    For more information and to register, visit the website: www.ico2017.org

  • Sunday 16th July 2017
    Strensall, Yorkshire

    Event:

    Dragonflies of World’s End

    joint meeting with the Freshwater Habitats Trust

    Join us to discover the dragonflies of World's End, one of the most northerly sites for Red-eyed Damselfly and Small Red-eyed Damselfly.

    Contact:

    Anne Heathcote: 07939 122595

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    at 10.00am at Lords Moor Lane Car Park - SE64856121

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    For further details go to the Freshwater Habitats Trust website at: www.freshwaterhabitats.org.uk/projects/flagship/

    More information on the site can be found at: http://freshwaterhabitats.org.uk/looking-after-worlds-end/

  • Saturday 22nd July 2017
    Chobham Common, Surrey

    Event:

    Dragonflies of Chobham Common

    Joint meeting between the Hampshire and Surrey Borders Group and local Butterfly Conservation group.

    For Grayling and assorted Dragonflies.

    Contact:

    Francis Kelly: 07952 285661

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    At 10:30 at the Staple Hill car park SU 973 648, south of the M3, 1.3km NE of B383 Windsor Rd. KT16 0ED.

     

    Getting There by Public Transport

    10:10 at Longcross Station. Lifts may be possible contact the leader in advance

    Requirements:

    Lunch; wellies optional.

    Additional Info:

    No facilities nearby.

  • Saturday 22nd July 2017
    East Yorkshire

    Event:

    Dragonflies of Pocklington Canal

    joint visit with Canal and River Trust

    Come along to discover the dragonflies found on the most southerly stretch of the Pocklington Canal.

    Contact:

    Martin Roberts: 01904 761918

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    At 10.30am at Hagg Bridge on the B1228 east of Sutton upon Derwent (Grid Ref: SE 717451; Sat Nav: YO42 4TF). Park east of the bridge with additional limited parking in small lay-by on west side.

     

    Getting there by public transport

    York Pullman bus route 36 runs from York to Sutton-upon-Derwent via Elvington Air Museum.  However, please note that you would then have to walk to Hagg Bridge along the B1228 which could be hazardous.

    Requirements:

    Bring binoculars and wear appropriate footwear and clothing.

    Additional Info:

    There are no toilet facilities nearby.  

    The canal towpath can be uneven in places. 

    A packed lunch is advisable.   

    Details of other Yorkshire Dragonfly Group field trips can be found on the Diary pages of the YDG website (http://www.yorkshiredragonflies.org.uk)

  • Saturday 22nd July 2017
    The Learning Centre, Wicken Fen, Cambridgshire

    Event:

    Introducing the Dragonfly

    A course with Henry Curry.

     

    Specifically designed for beginners, this course includes all aspects of dragonfly identification, biology and ecology, including colour photo presentations, a Microscope-TV link and a field tour of dragonfly habitats on site.

    Contact:

    Telephone 01733 204286 or send an e-mail using the e-mail contact form.

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    The Learning Centre at Wicken Fen Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire

     

    Getting There by Public Transport

    Visit the Wicken Fen website for more information.

    Requirements:

     Course costs £35 (includes Fen admission). Please bring your own lunch or visit the café on site.

    Advance Booking essential: telephone 01733 204286. 

    Additional Info:

     Course runs from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

    Small parking charge for non-NT members.

  • Sunday 23rd July 2017
    Exeter Canal, Countess Wear, Exeter

    Event:

    In Search of Red-eyed & Small Red-eyed Damselflies

    Join us for this joint meeting with the Royal Society of Biology to look for Red-eyed and Small Red-eyed Damselflies.

    Contact:

     Dave Smallshire (BDS Devon Dragonfly Recorder): 01626 853393

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    At 10.00 a.m. in the rowing club car park at SX941894 (EX2 7BB) (turn left off the A379 westbound, immediately before the swing bridge), finishing around 12.30 with optional lunch at the Double Locks.

     

    Getting There by Public Transport

    Buses from locations including Exeter city centre stop at or near Countess Wear roundabout. A cycle route follows the canal from Exeter Quay.

    Requirements:

    Binoculars desirable

    Additional Info:
  • Sunday 23rd July 2017
    Wicken Fen, Cambridgshire

    Event:

    Dragonfly Day

    A FREE event with walks, talks and activities for all ages

    Free activities will include:

    • Dragonfly 'Taster' guided Walks
    • Larva-feeding Demonstrations (from 10.30am to 3pm)
    • Pond-Dipping
    • Making Pipe-cleaner dragonflies
    • Origami dragonflies
    • Self-guided dragonfly explorer trail
    • Additional activities for the young and young-at-heart

     

    Contact:

     No booking needed.

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    The Learning Centre at Wicken Fen Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire

     

    Getting There by Public Transport

    Visit the Wicken Fen website for more information.

    Requirements:

    Normal NT admission charges to the Fen apply. Small parking charge for non-NT members.

    Additional Info:

    The day runs from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

  • Wed, 26th of July, 2017
    Scotstown Moor Local Nature Reserve, Aberdeen

    Event:

    Dragons and Damsels of Scotstown Moor 

    Scotstown Moor is our Dragonfly Hotspot in Aberdeen - join us to find out why. Discover the dragonflies and damselflies present on the reserve and find out how to tell the difference between them, hear fascinating folklore facts and spot both adults and larvae! 

    Contact:

    Daniele Muir, BDS Scotland Officer.

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Car access is off the B997 Scotstown Road, with a car park at NJ 93293 11782. Pedestrian access is possible from various points on Scotstown Road, Dubford Road and Dubford Estate. The Auchinyell – Scotstown bus service operates along ScotstownRd, more details from Firstbus Aberdeen on 01224 650000. Meet at 2pm at the car park at the entrance to the reserve. The walk will last 1.5 to 2 hours.

    Requirements:

    Wear sturdy shoes and bring a waterproof.

    Additional Info:

    More info about the reserve can be found here. Booking essential on the e-mail above.

    Public transport information can be found here.

  • Saturday, 29th July 2017
    Pitmaduthy Moss, Easter Ross

    Event:

    White-faced Darters of Pitmaduthy Moss, Easter Ross

    We aim to re-discover the whereabouts of the elusive White-faced Darters in this area and to explore a seldom visited bog area.

    Contact:

    Jonathan Willet, Scottish Group Area Co-ordinator: 07740 216595

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Meet at 0930 at the car park at the Tomich Restaurant NH699709, which is just off the A9 to the north of Invergordon. We will car share from there to the site, which is ten minutes drive away.

     

    Getting There by Public Transport

    There is a train station in Invergordon and a pick up from there can be organised.

    Requirements:

    The day will be spent on rough boggy ground with no paths, so boots/ wellies, waterproofs, midge net/ repellent and packed lunch required. Colanders and plastic tubs for catching and viewing larvae would be handy. There are no toilets on site. At the end of the day we will head back to The Tomich Restaurant and have a cup of tea there.

    Additional Info:

    Please book your place with Jonathan using the above phone number.

  • Saturday 29th July, 2017
    Bishops Wood FSC Field Centre, Worcestershire

    Event:

    Identifying Dragonflies

    Dragonfly enthusiasts of all levels of ability are welcome to come along and learn more about these stunning insects. The day will start with a classroom session introducing this group of insects and focusing on their identification. We then head outside to the pools at the centre and hopefully introduce you close up to a good number of local species.

    Tutor: Sue Rees Evans (formerly McLamb) is the County recorder for Dragonflies in Shropshire and Odonata Tsar for the Shropshire Ecological Data Network.

    Contact:

    For further details and booking please contact Bishops Wood Field Centre Tel: 01299 250513 

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Bishops Wood Field Centre. For further directions see: http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/bishopswood.aspx

    Requirements:

    Packed lunch. Wellies/walking boots and waterproofs as we will be venturing out! Total walking will be no more than 1km. Dragonfly identification guides and hand lens if owned.

    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 (correct cash/cheque only).

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