Events in Scotland

The second Scottish Dragonfly Conference took place in early April with over 60 attendees. Notes from the day can be seen here: http://www.british-dragonflies.org.uk/node/6414

 

Dragonfly identification by Jonathan Willet

Skye group - Jonathan Willet

Events coming up:

 

Sunday, 30th April, 2017, Glen Affric, Highland

Glen Affric Peatland Restoration Project Volunteer Day

This is a continuation of the project that started in 2015. 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. 

Contact: Colin Hall, Scottish Group Area Co-ordinator

Contact Email: Contact person by email

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

Requirements: 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.

 

Saturday 10 June 2017, Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre, Falkirk

Bioblitz at Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre

Join us for a bio-blitz event at Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre to record as much of their urban wildlife as possible. We will be looking for both adult dragonflies and larvae.

Scottish Wildlife Trust - Contact person by email

Meet: Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre, Wood Street, Grangemouth, Falkirk, FK3 8LH.

There will be two sessions, from 10am – 12pm and 2pm – 4pm.

Getting There by Public Transport - The nearest train station is Falkirk Grahamston which is 2.5 miles away. From there take the number 3, 4, 4a or 4b bus, (run by First South East and Central Scotland) for 10 stops, getting off at Newlands Garage and walking 0.4 miles down Wood Street. Follow the brown tourist signs to Jupiter.

Requirements: Bring waterproofs. All kit will be provided.

Additional Info: All welcome – free to Scottish Wildlife Trust members but there is a charge for entrance to the centre for non-members. No need to book.

 

Saturday, 17th June, 2017 at Lochan Dubh (Cemetery Loch), Oban, Argyll.

Lochan Dudh survey

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.

Contact: Pat Batty, Scottish Recorder

Contact Email: Contact person by email

Meet: Cemetery car park NM865315, just N of Oban (E side of A816) at 10.30am, finishing about 4pm.

Requirements: Bring boots/wellies, waterproofs, packed lunch, a colander/net, plastic spoon, hand lens.

Additional Info: Pre-booking essential on e-mail address above or by phoning 01546605316. All welcome.

 

Saturday 24th June 2017, Loch of the Lowes Wildlife Centre, Dunkeld

Dragonfly & Damselfly ID Workshop 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.

Contact: This event is run in conjunction with the Scottish Wildlife Trust. Contact on the email below.

Contact Email: Contact person by email

Meet: 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).

Requirements: 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 is essential. 

 

Saturday, 29th July 2017 at Pitmaduthy Moss, Easter Ross.

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

Contact Email: Contact person by 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. 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 by phoning 07740 216595.

 

Thursday, 3rd of August, 2017 at Caerlaverock Dragonfly Hotspot, near Dumfries.

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: Contact person by email

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

Requirements: Waterproofs, warm clothes & wellies.

Additional Info: More info can be found here: http://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/caerlaverock/whats-on/2017/08/03/dragons-and-damsels/

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.

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

Contact Email: Contact person by email

Meet: 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

Requirements: 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