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We hope to see as many dragonflies as possible on this fantastic site.
Mick and Sue Parfitt: Tel: 01733 266087 or Mobile: 07745241061
At Jacksons Bridge at 11.00am OS Map 142 Grid ref TL235848 (Parking along Great Raveley Drain). By Car: Woodwalton Fen can be reached by car on minor roads from the B1040, B1099 or A 141. Parking is alongside the Great Raveley Drain close to the entrance of the reserve. Turn right before the entrance bridge and park along the edge of the bank. Parking is not suitable for coaches.
Getting There by Pulic Transport
By Train: There are mainline train stations at Peterborough and Huntingdon.
By Bus: There are bus services from Peterborough to Ramsey Heights. Visit Peterborough City Council website for further details: www.peterborough.gov.uk
Bring packed lunch, binoculars, insect repellent and wear appropriate clothing and footwear. No toilet facilities on site.
Everybody welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
To watch the Downy Emerald in its only breeding site in Northants, in this private estate. We should also see plenty of other species including Hairy Dragonfly.
Mark Tyrrell (BDS Northamptonshire Dragonfly Recorder): 01933 389748
Booking is essential and full joining instructions will be sent 1 week before the trip.
Please bring packed lunch. There are no toilet facilities. Wear stout boots but the walking is flat and easy.
This trip is limited to 12, so book early as it always fills up quickly.
The aim of the day is to update records for a priority site and give training in identification of adults and larvae - Hairy dragonfly, Downy Emerald and Variable Damselfly should all be present. Possible visit of Moss of Achnacree White-faced darter site in the afternoon.
Pat Batty, Scottish Recorder: 01546605316
Cemetery car park NM865315, just N of Oban (E side of A816) at 10.30am, finishing about 4pm.
Getting There by Public Transport
The meeting place is 1Km from Oban and 2km from Oban train station (005 or 405 West Coast Motors Bus from Oban to Dunbeg). Lift could be arranged.
Bring boots/wellies, packed lunch, a colander/net, plastic spoon, hand lens.
Pre-booking essential on e-mail address above. All welcome.
with an emphasis on Northern Damselfly
Would you like to find out how to identify species of Dragonfly and Damselfly found in Perthshire? 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.
This event is run in conjunction with the Scottish Wildlife Trust. Contact on the email below.
At 10am at Loch of the Lowes Centre. Free to SWT members but there is a charge for entrance to the centre for non-members.
Getting There by Public Transport
Stagecoach Service no 23 stops in Dunkeld which is 2 miles walk from the centre. The nearest train station is Dunkeld & Birnam which is 2.5 miles walk from the centre (Loch of the Lowes).
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.
Booking is essential.
with the Hants & Surrey Borders Group
We will be taking a look at the dragonflies found here with the hope for views of the Scarce Chaser.
Bill Wain. Contact information for this event can be found here.
10:30 at Mill Farm, Isington Rd, Froyle, GU34 4PN at SU 7744 4258 and on Google Maps,
10:10 at Bentley Station. Lifts may be possible contact the leader in advance
Bring lunch or buy from the café.
Tony Mundell is also leading a bioblitz for plants there 25th-28th July. We visited Isnage Farm, to the North of the Wey, in 2009.
Rodley Nature Reserve
There will be various exhibitors, equipment demonstrations, hands-on-activities, guides in the hides and a BBQ. Yorkshire Dragonfly Group will be running a stall and leading dragonfly walks. There will also be a Mammal survey 9.30am, Moth Trap opening 10.30am and later in the morning a Bug Hunt and Pond Dipping.
Keith Gittens: 01347 868606
Moss Bridge Road, Leeds, LS13 1HP
Event runs from 9.30am to 4.00pm
For full details go to Rodley Nature Reserve website at www.rodleynaturereserve.org
Light refreshments including home baking will be available in the visitor centre.
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.
Tom Hubball: 01535 678334
York Museum Gardens
Event runs from 10am-4pm.
For more information visit the Royal Entomological Society website: www.royensoc.co.uk
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.
Henry Curry: 01733 204286 or via the email contact below
The Learning Centre at Wicken Fen Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire
Visit the Wicken Fen website for more information.
Course costs £35 (includes Fen admission). Please bring your own lunch or visit the café on site. Advance Booking essential: telephone 01733 204286.
Course runs from 10.00am to 4.00pm.
Small parking charge for non-NT members
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.
Dr Pam Taylor (BDS Norfolk Dragonfly Recorder): 01692 670311
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
Local public transport services are limited. The nearest train station is Acle (3.5 miles). Konnect Bus 51 serves Pilson Green from Norwich.
Wear wellies or boots and bring insect repellent. Bring a packed lunch if staying on site (unguided) for the afternoon.
Booking essential – preferably by email. Numbers strictly limited.
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).
Peter Allen: 01725 519269
10.30 at Ogdens Car Park MR: SU 182 124, Latchmore. Access to car park involves crossing a potentially very muddy farm yard.
Access by public transport is hard. Contact the event leader.
This meeting involves a level walk of around two miles which involves crossing a shallow stream. No netting is allowed.