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. 

  • Saturday19th August, 2017
    Kincardine Community Centre & Devilla Forest, Fife


    Dragonfly & Damselfly ID Workshop

    Would you like to find out how to identify species of Dragonfly and Damselfly found in Central Scotland? If so, this workshop is for you! No prior experience or skill is necessary as the morning will be spent indoors learning the basics about ID and recording. We will then go to an outdoor location to have the chance to put your skills into practice.


    the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative http://www.innerforthlandscape.co.uk/

    Contact Email:

    At 10am at Kincardine Community Centre, Anderson Lane, Kincardine, FK10 4SF.


    Getting There on Public Transport

    The Glasgow to Leven X27 Stagecoach stops at the High St in Kincardine, two minutes’ walk from Kincardine Community Centre


    Please bring a packed lunch and a drink. To get the most out of the workshop we suggest you bring a pen and notebook, plus any ID guides that you have. Please ensure that you wear sturdy shoes or boots for the afternoon session which is wholly out of doors whatever the weather. Please bring/wear suitable clothes for the changeable weather such as waterproof coat, sun hat, insect repellent and sun cream.

    Additional Info:

    Booking essential

  • Sunday, 27th August 2017
    Glen Affric, Highland


    Glen Affric Peatland Restoration Project Volunteer Day

    We will be working on sites which were previously used as forestry plantations, blocking the drainage ditches to retain the water and removing small trees which would dry out the wetland, thus restarting the natural peatland creation processes. 


    Colin Hall, Scottish Group Area Co-ordinator

    Contact Email:

    At the Cannich Hall, Cannich, Strathglass, Inverness-shire, IV4 7LY at 9.30am.



    Please wear old, warm clothes and bring waterproofs and wellies or sturdy boots as it will be a muddy task (but great fun of course!). Bring your lunch, some water and a hot drink.

    Additional Info:

    Directions to the village hall can be found here http://cannich-hall.co.uk/contact-us/ The day will last from 9.30am to approx 3pm.

  • Fri 1st to Sun 3rd of September 2017
    Camperdown Park, Dundee, Tayside


    Dundee Flower & Food Festival

    Join us in the Woodlands 4 Yew tent at this fantastic festival. Get help with your dragonfly ID and recording and find out all about the local Dragonfly Hotspots.



    Event organisers at Dundee City Council


    Contact Email:

    Next to the Tayside Biodiversity Partnership in the Woodlands 4 Yew tent at the east end of the site.


    Food can be purchased at the festival. Toilets are on site.

    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 18th November 2017
    Holiday Inn Hotel, Filton, Bristol


    BDS Annual Meeting and AGM

    This year's meeting will be on Saturday 18th November at the Holiday Inn, Filton, Bristol. Members and non-Members are welcome.

    Draft Programme (timings & order of events may vary)

    • 09:30 Coffee & Welcome

    • 10:00 General Introduction and Announcements, welcome to the site

    • 10:05 Dragons & Damsels in the Media (Mike Dilger)

    • 10:20 REGUA -  acessible tropical rainforest dragonflies (Peter Allen)

    • 11:00 Peatland Restoration (Daniele Muir)

    • 11:25 Clubtail Project (Genevieve Dalley)

    • 11:40 Dragonflies and Damselflies of the Maltese Islands (Charles Gauci)

    • 12:30 AGM

    • 13:00 Lunch - please bring your own or food available for purchase from the hotel

    • 14:05 Introduction - our new Conservation Officer (Eleanor Colver)

    • 14:25 Dragonflies of Somerset (Chris Iles)

    • 14:50 The Southern Migrant Hawker (Neil Phillips)

    • 15:20 Tales from the Balsa (David Chelmick)

    • 16:00 Raffle & Final Announcements

    • 16:30 Close


    Contact the organiser, Henry Curry (BDS Secretary)

    Contact Email:

    Holiday Inn Hotel, Filton Road, Hambrook, Bristol, BS16 1QX, United Kingdom 

    Free entry, but we ask for a donation to cover costs (we suggest £5 members, £10 non-members)

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