Previous Events

This is the diary of previous special events, courses, field trips and holidays.

The background colour of the date is used to show different types of meeting. Green is used for BDS and BDS Local Group organised field meetings and events, Blue where the BDS will have a stand or speaker(s), but is not responsible for the event itself (please follow any given links for further details) and Yellow for other dragonfly events. These last are listed for information only, using information as it was provided to us. The BDS is not directly involved in these events and therefore all details are solely under the control of the individual event organisers. We suggest you contact these organisers direct or follow the given links to confirm details.

  • Sunday May 15th 2011
    Ellesmere Boat House
    Event:

    Meres and Mosses Festival

    Contact:

    Lisa Barlow on 01743 284280

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    Family festival with fun activities, demonstrations, displays.
    Shropshire Wildlife Trust and Natural England have joined forces with Shropshire County Council, Shropshire Sailing Club & other local conservation groups to celebrate the internationally important landscape of the Meres & Mosses at this family festival with fun activities, demonstrations, displays, information, local food and refreshments.

  • Wednesday 18th May 2011
    Little Paxton Pits Reserve, Little Paxton, Cambs
    Event:

    Day trip to Little Paxton Pits Reserve, Little Paxton, Cambs. for Variable Damselfly.

    Leaders: David & Karen Anderson


    Contact:

    David Anderson via http://Dragonflies@BNHS.org.uk

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    Meet:

    Reserve car park, off High Street, TL195629, at 10.30am  

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  • Thu/Fri 19th/20th May 2011
    FBA River Laboratory, Dorset
    Event:

    Freshwater Biological Association (FBA) training course in identifying larval dragonflies and damselflies

    Contact:

    FBA at events@fba.org.uk or ring 015394 42468

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    Tutor: Steve Cham

    This two day course focuses on the larval stages and exuviae (skins) of British Odonata. It will include sampling methods, field and laboratory identification, and an overview of dragonfly ecology and life histories. Steve Cham is the organiser of the Dragonfly Recording Network and author of the 'Field guide to the larvae and exuviae of British dragonflies. Volume 1: Dragonflies' and the recently published 'Field guide to the larvae and exuviae of British dragonflies. Volume 2: Damselflies'.

    For a full course programme including these, and all our other courses, and a downloadable booking form, please visit www.fba.org.uk/fba-training-courses.

  • Sat 21st May 2011
    Chartley Moss, Staffordshire
    Event:

    Bouncing Bogs and Dragonflies

    Contact:

    Mel Brown Tel: 01952 812111

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    Meet:

    11am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm

    Requirements:

    Booking is essential
    For more information and to book your place please contact Mel Brown.

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    A joint event with the Natural England. The event will involve a tour of this amazing floating peat bog with a chance to observe a variety of the reserves 20 dragonfly species including our rare White-faced Darter dragonfly in its most southerly known location in Britain!

  • Saturday 21st May 2011
    Pensthorpe, Norfolk (home of BBC Springwatch 2008-2010)
    Event:

    Wild about the Wensum

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    10am to 5pm.  Visit the BDS stand at this event that promotes environmental and community charities along the River Wensum Valley. Further details via http://www.pensthorpe.com.  Admission to Pensthorpe on the day is free, but a £4 car park charge will raise money for butterfly projects.

  • Wednesday 25th May 2011
    Roxton, Bedfordshire
    Event:

     

    Dragonfly Survey along the River Ouse for Scarce Chaser. 

    Leader: David & Karen Anderson

     

    Contact:

    David Anderson via http://Dragonflies@BNHS.org.uk

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    Meet:

    Meet and park in Ford Lane running from Roxton Village to the River, TL158540, at 10.00am.

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  • Sat 28th May 2011
    Shapwick Heath NNR, by Glastonbury
    Event:

    The jewels of the Avalon Marshes

    Contact:

    Jonathan Willet Tel: 07740 216595

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    Meet:

    Peat Moors Centre Car Park GR: ST425413 1-3 p.m.

    Requirements:

    4kms please bring sensible footwear.

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    Come and celebrate 24hrs of wildlife watching by discovering all about the fascinating dragonflies and damselflies of Shapwick Heath on of the jewels of the Avalon Marshes.

  • Sunday 29th May 2011
    Stover Country Park and Little Bradley Ponds, Devon
    Event:

    A chance to look for early-season species like Hairy Dragonfly and Downy Emerald, plus exuviae collection and identification.

    Contact:

    Dave Smallshire (01626 853393)

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    Meet:

    10:00 a.m. at the visitor centre (SX833751; entrance off A382 to Newton Abbot, 300m from A38, 10 miles from M5), moving to Little Bradley after lunch and finishing at 4:00 p.m.

    Requirements:

    Bring lunch, wellies and close-focus binoculars. Pay and display car park.

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  • Sunday 29th May 2011
    River Avon, Marlcliff, Warwickshire
    Event:

    The first occurence in the county of Scarce Chaser was made here last year, 2010. We will look for it this year and hope to find proof of breeding for the species. The river is also a well-established breeding site for Club-tailed Dragonflies and we can fully expect to find this species.

    Contact:

    Peter Reeve (01926 632400 or 07980064079 only on day of event)

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    There is a small car park on the river bank at Marlcliff approached down a track from the village (SP093505). For map go to www.warwickshire-dragonflies.org.uk meetings page.

    Requirements:

    Bring strong footwear and a packed lunch.

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  • Sunday 5th June 2011
    Grand Western Canal, Devon
    Event:

    To look for Scarce Chaser, Red-eyed Damselfly and maybe Hairy Dragonfly.

    Contact:

    Dave Smallshire 01626 853393

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    Meet:

    At 10.00am at Ebear Bridge, Westleigh (ST060163): take A361 from M5 at junction 27; in 500m take slip road (signpost Tiverton Parkway); turn right at first and right at second roundabouts; follow minor road for 2 miles until alongside straight section with canal on left; park before canal bridge. The meeting will end at lunchtime.

    Requirements:

    Close-focus binoculars will be helpful. Car park.

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