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. 

  • 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).

  • Sunday 30th July 2017
    Basingstoke Canal, Surrey
    Event:

    Local meeting only

    Contact:

    Leader: David Murdoch

    Contact Email:
    Meet:
    Requirements:
    Additional Info:
  • Thursday, 3rd of August, 2017.
    Caerlaverock Dragonfly Hotspot, near Dumfries.
    Event:

    Dragons & Damsels at Caerlaverock

    Discover the dragonflies and damselflies present on the reserve and learn the differences between them. This is a family event.

     

    Contact:

    Faith Hillier, WWT Engagement Officer

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    10am -12pm. Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.

     
    Requirements:

    Waterproofs, warm clothes & wellies.

  • Saturday 5th Aug 2017
    Coatham Stob, Northumberland
    Event:

    Late Summer Dragonflies of Northumberland

    We aim to see some of the late summer dragonflies at Coatham Stob, between Long Newton and Urlay Nook.

    Contact:

    Ian Waller (BDS Durham Dragonfly Recorder) on the email address given below

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    At 10.30am at grid reference  NZ39561538 (TS16 0QQ) in the large free car-park between Long Newton and Urlay Nook.

    Requirements:

    Bring a packed lunch. This is a large site and it will involve walking to visit several ponds.

    Additional Info:

    For additional details and to let him know you are coming contact Ian Waller .

  • Sunday 6 August 2017
    North Dartmoor, Devon
    Event:

    North Dartmoor Blanket Bog

    To record upland species such as Black Darter and Common Hawker in a remote area of blanket bog.

    Contact:

     

     Dave Smallshire (BDS Devon Dragonfly Recorder): 01626 853393

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    10:00 a.m. at Sandpits car park near Rowtor (SX596923). From Okehampton town centre, turn south at the traffic lights, then second right up Station Road that becomes Tors Road; continue for nearly 2 miles until the open moor is reached; go past the Army Camp, over a cattle grid to the top of the hill; the car park is on the right where the road flattens out.

    Requirements:

    Pre-booking is necessary through Dave Smallshire and numbers are strictly limited, as transport is arranged to gain access to the blanket bog. Wellies or other waterproof footwear will be essential.

    Additional Info:

    Bring food, drink and suitable outdoor clothing. Subject to weather.

  • Tuesday 8th August 2017
    Pinkery Outdoor Education Centre, Devon
    Event:

    Discover Exmoor's Dragonflies 

    Join local expert, active member of the BDS and co-author of  'Britain's Dragonflies', Dave Smallshire, to learn the principles of dragonfly identification and field survey techniques. The day will consist of an indoor session in the morning, followed by outdoor fieldwork in the afternoon.

    Contact:

    Exmoor National Park Authority: 01398 323665 or visit the website.

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Pinkery Outdoor Education Centre (SS723411) 
    Simonsbath TA24 7LL
    United Kingdom  

    Requirements:

    Booking essential via the Exmoor National Park Authority

    Additional Info:

    Please bring lunch, drink, waterproof boots and outdoor clothing.

  • Saturday 12th August 2017
    Abbey Green Park, Polesworth and Alvecote Pooley Fields, Warwickshire.
    Event:

    In Search of Dragonflies!

    The Abbey Green Park is beside the River Anker. During the winter 2013/2014 a significant amount of work improving the water bodies on the site was undertaken by the council, in consultation with the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. At a field meeting in 2015 nine species were recorded. The aim of this meeting is to see what is here in late summer and, hopefully, to extend the site species list.

    There is an additional exciting possibility. The River Anker here is ideal habitat for Willow Emerald Damselfly. Might we find the first individual of the species at the meeting? The nearest record for the species is only about 25 miles to the east.

     

    Depending on available time, a visit may be made to nearby Alvecote Pools.

    Contact:

     Peter Reeve (BDS Warwickshire Dragonfly Recorder): 01926 632400 (Contact number on the day only: 07980064079)

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Meet for 10.30am start at the Abbey Green car park. Grid ref. SK262021; post code B78 1HB.

    For map see the meetings page on: www.warwickshire-dragonflies.org.uk.

    Requirements:

    Bring lunch and strong footwear.

    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 12th August 2017
    Swansea / Neath Port Talbor
    Event:

    Dragonfly ID at Crymlyn Bog National Nature Reserve

    Join Dr Deborah Sazer of Wild Gower / Gŵyr Gwyllt to learn how to identify and manage habitats for the dragonflies and damselflies on the most extensive area of lowland fen in South Wales.

    Contact:

    Dr Deborah Sazer: 07703 343597​

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Crymlyn Bog National Nature Reserve, Swansea / Neath Port Talbor

    10:30am to 3:30pm

    Requirements:

    £20 per person, booking essential

    Additional Info:

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