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 27 October 2019
    Newton Abbot, Devon

    Event:

    Stover Country Park Work Party

    Stover volunteers help maintain the park for both visitors and wildlife, through practical worrk parties. Without the help of these volunteers the years routine maintenance would be hard to complete! Projects range from grass raking, brash removal, rhododendron clearance, bridge building, marsh maintenance and path laying, among others.

    Stover Volunteers meet on the last Sunday of the month throughout the winter, from September to April.

    Anyone is free to join, these workshops are a great opportunity to keep fit, learn new skills, make friends, gain valuable experience or just have fun.

    To find out more, click here.

    Contact:

    Rangers Office Tel:  01626 835 236

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    The meetings run from 10am till 4pm, although volunteers can come and go as they please.

    Directions can be found here.

    Requirements:

    Contact the Ranger Office if you are joining the group for the first time.

    Additional Info:
  • Thursday 11 April 2019
    Bishops Wood, Staffordshire

    Event:

    *** FULLY BOOKED *** Waiting List only***

    Dragonfly Larvae & Exuviae ID with Microscopes (WM region)

    Tutor: Sue Rees Evans

    Dragonfly exuviae are fascinating – empty exoskeletons often found clinging to vegetation around ponds. Did you know they can often be identified to species?

    Dragonfly larvae (the aquatic stage in a dragonfly’s life cycle) are trickier to identify and need to use of microscopes and keys.
    This course will start with classroom sessions on dragonfly larvae and exuviae and the part they play in the dragonfly life cycle. We will then head outdoors (weather permitting) to pond dip for larvae, talk about how to find exuviae, and practice some hands-on identification. After lunch, indoor practical sessions will then focus on the identification of exuviae and larvae using microscopes and keys.

    This course is most suitable for those people who currently record adult dragonflies in the field and wish to start identifying dragonflies at different stages of their life cycle, or for those people who currently study other groups of freshwater invertebrates and would like to expand their identification skills to include dragonfly larvae and exuviae.

    Sue Rees Evans has been the Shropshire County Recorder for Dragonflies and Damselflies for the last 8 years. During this time Sue created the ‘Shropshire Dragonflies’ website (shropshiredragonflies.co.uk) which serves as an online atlas and hosts the Shropshire Dragonfly Watch blog. Already an enthusiastic recorder of adult Dragonflies and Damselflies, an MSc in Biological Recording gave Sue the opportunity to dive into the world of larval and exuvial identification. With a real enthusiasm for hands on teaching, Sue has taught numerous courses on Dragonfly and Damselfly identification both as an Associate Tutor for the FSC and for various Wildlife Trusts, the National Trust and projects further afield such as ‘Cold-blooded and Spineless’ in the North Pennines. Though passing on the County Recorder role in 2018, Sue is looking forward to spending more time teaching and encouraging everyone to enjoy these fabulous insects.

    Booking fee: £5

    Level: Intermediate

    Photo of Southern Hawker by Christophe Brochard

    Contact:

    Bishops Wood Centre Tel: 01299 250513

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Bishops Wood Centre
    Crossway Green
    Stourport-on-Severn
    Worcestershire
    DY13 9SE

    Times: 10 am - 4 pm

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:
  • Sunday 7 April 2019
    Bridgnorth, Shropshire

    Event:

    Dudmaston Estate – Comer Wood field meeting

     

    Shropshire Invertebrate Group meeting.

    An early season visit to this National Trust Estate. Habitats include woodland, scrub grassland and a series of large pools, providing us with variety of habitats for early season interest.

    Dudmaston Estate by Jonathan Stonehouse

    Contact:

    Shropshire Invertebrate Group

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Meet at 11:00. Turn east off the A442 south of Bridgnorth, directly opposite the main entrance to Dudmaston Hall, Gardens and Park. Continue for 250 m and park on the right in the Old Sawmill Car Park

    Dudmaston Estate website

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 30 March 2019
    Knutsford, Cheshire

    Event:

    A day of Dragonfly talks from the impacts of climate change to Dragonflies in bio-engineering.

     

    Programme

    9:30 - Arrival and registration

    10:00 - Welcome

    10:10 - Problems and possibilities in freshwater invertebrate conservation. Professor Steve Ormerod (Cardiff University professor, and Buglife Chairman)

    10:40 - Body size responses of British Odonata and Chironomidae to latitude and warming temperature (Rungtip Wonglersak, London Natural History Museum)

    11:10 - Break

    11:40 - Butterfly Brothers

    12:10 - Saving Species- getting the word out (Fiona Mckenna, BDS)

    12:40 - Lunch

    13:30 - Start of County Dragonfly Recorder breakout meeting (runs until 14.30)

    14:00 - BDS Project Updates (Ellie Colver, BDS)

    14:30 - County Dragonfly Recorders re-join main talk

    14:40 - Beyond aerofoils: mechanosensation of the dragonfly wings (Dr Huai-Ti Lin, Imperial College London)

    15:10 - Break

    15:40 - Wrexham Industrial Estate Living Landscape Scheme (North Wales Wildlife Trust)

    16:10 - Q&A and Summary

    16:30 - End

     

    Shops Attending Event

    The British Dragonfly Society Shop

     

     

     

    Contact:

    Eleanor Colver, BDS Tel: 07792 231 925

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Time

    9:30 - 16:30

     

    Location

    Knutsford Methodist Church. Princess Street, Knutsford, Cheshire. WA16 6BY

     

    Getting there

    By car: Multiple car parks within 5 mins walk see on google maps here

    By train: Knutsford station within 10 mins walk see on google maps here

    Requirements:

    Donation suggestions   £10 non-members   £5 members.

    Book your place via Eventbrite here.

    Additional Info:

    Refreshments

    Hot/cold refreshments avaliable. Lunch not provided.

  • Saturday 23 March 2019
    Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

    Event:

    Outdoor Countryside Event - Cubs & Beavers

     

    This event teaches a range of exciting and interactive rural skills, and helps children obtain skills for activity badges.

    Contact:

    Education Officer Amna Afzal

    Tel: 01733 363512

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Start: 10:00

    Finish: 12:30

    East of England Showground, Oundle Rd, Peterborough PE2 6XE

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 2nd March 2019
    Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

    Event:

    Staffordshire Invertebrate Science Fair

    Staffordshire Invertebrate Science Fair is a not-for-profit free event aimed at raising awareness of native invertebrates, whilst being fun and educational to enquiring minds of any age. It is very family friendly and targeted at beginners, amateurs and people with a blossoming interest in wildlife conservation but do not know where or how to start. We can offer advice and introduce you to many of the charities and societies involved in invertebrate conservation including the Staffordshire Invertebrate Group, Buglife, Butterfly Conservation and many others. There is a host of stalls and talks on offer. Many of the stalls are interactive, especially targeted at children. So while you read some display material or chat to society members the kids can be kept entertained and busy with a range of activities from pond-dipping and book readings to looking at bees or flies under a microscope or tasting honey from straight from a bee hive!

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Start: 10:30

    Finish: 16:00

     

    Staffordshire University, Leek Road Campus

    Leek Rd, ST4 2DF Stoke-on-Trent

     

     

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:
  • Friday 1st February 2019
    Houghton le Spring, Durham

    Event:

    Dragonflies of the DWT Region

     

    Each year Durham Wildlife Trust members survey Dragon and Damselflies across a range of sites in the DWT region. At this event anyone with an interest in North East wildlife is invited to find out what was observed, see the best photos submitted, learn where best to see them and take a look at these amazing creatures under a microscope. Whether you know anything about dragonflies or not, this event will both educate and inform about how to identify them and how to help counter their decline.

    Cost: Free 

    Contact:

    Abbie Tel: 0191 584 3112

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    18:30-20:00

    Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve
    Houghton le Spring DH4
    UK

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:
  • Sunday 27 January 2019
    Newton Abbot, Devon

    Event:

    Stover Country Park Work Party

    Stover volunteers help maintain the park for both visitors and wildlife, through practical worrk parties. Without the help of these volunteers the years routine maintenance would be hard to complete! Projects range from grass raking, brash removal, rhododendron clearance, bridge building, marsh maintenance and path laying, among others.

    Stover Volunteers meet on the last Sunday of the month throughout the winter, from September to April.

    Anyone is free to join, these workshops are a great opportunity to keep fit, learn new skills, make friends, gain valuable experience or just have fun.

    To find out more, click here.

    Contact:

    Rangers Office Tel:  01626 835 236

     

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    The meetings run from 10am till 4pm, although volunteers can come and go as they please.

    Directions can be found here.

    Requirements:

    Contact the Ranger Office if you are joining the group for the first time.

    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 26 January 2019
    Craven Arms, Shropshire

    Event:

    Feathers and Flight

     

    Join us for a day of activities to celebrate RSPB Big Birdwatch. See the spectacle of Chris Neal's Falconry Birds of Prey; get a photograph with them and watch their flight displays. Join in flying crafts and get involved in treasure trails. Meet the team from RSPB, British Dragonfly Society and Butterfly Conservation; join in their interactive activities and enjoy birds themed delights in our award winning café. Meet the Midland Gliding Club team and check out their glider! Find out about flights around the stunning Shropshire Hills.

    Free entry

    Contact:

    Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

    Tel: 01588676060

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Start: 11am

    Finish: 3pm

    Requirements:
  • Sunday 6 January 2019
    Craven Arms, Shropshire

    Event:

    Contact:

    Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre Tel: 01588 676060

    Contact Email:
    Meet:
    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    Find out more information at: www.shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk

  • Thursday 6th December 2018
    Elstead, Surrey

    Event:

    Thursley Volunteers

     

    The Thursley volunteer group meets every week on Thrusday and once a month on Sunday. Over the winter work is focused on habitat management, while over the summer volunteers carry out site maintenance and wildlife surveys. Anyone is welcome to join; volunteering is a great way to find out more about the wildlife of Thursley NNR, develope new skills and make new friends.

    Contact James Giles Reserve Manager for more information, and to join in.

    Contact:

    James Gile, Reserve Manager

    Contact Email:
    Meet:
    Requirements:
    Additional Info:
  • Sunday 2nd December 2018
    Craven Arms, Shropshire

    Event:

    Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

    Habitat Helpers volunteer group

     

    Help us create an oasis of habitats for everyone to enjoy in the Onny Meadows and land surrounding the centre.

    This monthly work party carries out light conservation work across the meadows. No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. We are a group of friendly, like-minded people who just want to give our Discovery Centre and Meadows some well earned TLC!

    This is a fantastic oppotunity to:

    - socialise and make new friends

    - spend time outdoors with nature, learning about the Onny Meadows and its wildlife

    - develope new practical conservation skills

     

    Contact:

    Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre Tel: 01588 676060

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Start: 10:00 

    Finish time varies (volunteers are free to come and go as they wish).

    Requirements:

    Wear suitable outdoor clothing.

    Contact the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre so they can provide further information.

    Additional Info:
  • Friday 30th November 2018
    Morton Loch, Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve

    Event:

    Improve-a-pond Volunteer Day

    Morton Lochs Dragonfly Hotspot

    Join Andrea from the British Dragonfly Society and Alex from Scottish Natural Heritage for a morning of fun and frolics down by the pond.

    We will spend the morning clearing a path to the pond, assessing how we can improve it for Dragonflies and then start pond dipping to see which species of Dragonfly larva are lurking beneath the surface.

    During the morning Andrea and Alex will share their Dragonfly knowledge and talk about the species that can be found on the reserve.

    No prior experience is needed, just an inquisitive nature and a willingness to get mucky.

    Hot drinks and snacks will be provided throughout the morning.

    We will meet by the car park at 9.30 am and walk to the pond together.

    Common Darter larvae by Christophe Brochard

     

    Contact:

    Andrea Hudspeth, 07960 391297

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    At the car park at Morton Lochs. 

    Requirements:

    Suitable, warm for clothing for manual tasks and sturdy boots or wellingtons. 

     

    Additional Info:
  • Saturday, 17th November 2018
    Newcastle University

    Event:

    BDS Autumn Meeting and AGM

    This year's meeting will be on Saturday 17th November at Newcastle University, Newcastle, NE1 7RU

    Members and non-Members are welcome.

    Please book your place online at Eventbrite (this helps us to gauge number of attendees)  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bds-annual-meeting-agm-tickets-48987966326

    Draft Programme: ( subject to change)

    09:30 Coffee & Welcome

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

    10:10 Dragonfly Roosting – film & discussion (Steve White)

    10:20 Cyprus Dragonfly Special (Christophe Brochard)

    11:10 Partnership with the MoJ (Phil Thomas)

    11:40 Update on Projects (Eleanor Colver)

    12:00 (To be confirmed )

    12:30 AGM

    13:00 Lunch - please bring your own food. (Drinks & snacks available locally.)

    14:00 Introduction - our new Conservation Outreach Officer (Fiona McKenna)

    14:20 Dragonflies of Valle de Sol (Paul Winter)

    14:50 The Fen Raft Spider - coming to a wetland near you (Helen Smith)

    15:25 A taste of African Dragonflies (Mike Averill)

    16:00 Raffle & Final Announcements

    16:30 Close

     

    Image: King's Gate building, Newcastle University

    Contact:

    Henry Curry, Secretary

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Venue: King's Gate, Newcastle University, Newcastle, NE1 7RU, United Kingdom

    For infromation on travelling to the Newcastle University campus please click here.

    For a map of the campus please click here. To view King's Gate on google maps please click here.

    Requirements:

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

    Please bring suitable raffle prizes if you can.

    Additional Info:

    Members and non-Members are welcome.

    Please book your place online at Eventbrite (this helps us to gauge number of attendees)

     https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bds-annual-meeting-agm-tickets-48987966326

  • Saturday 10th November 2018
    Derby, Derbyshire

    Event:

    Contact:

    The Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Entomological Society

    Contact Email:
    Meet:
    Requirements:
    Additional Info:
  • Sunday 4th November 2018
    Craven Arms, Shropshire

    Event:

    Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

    Habitat Helpers volunteer group

     

    Help us create an oasis of habitats for everyone to enjoy in the Onny Meadows and land surrounding the centre.

    This monthly work party carries out light conservation work across the meadows. No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. We are a group of friendly, like-minded people who just want to give our Discovery Centre and Meadows some well earned TLC!

    This is a fantastic oppotunity to:

    - socialise and make new friends

    - spend time outdoors with nature, learning about the Onny Meadows and its wildlife

    - develope new practical conservation skills

    Contact:

    Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre Tel: 01588 676060

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Start: 10:00 

    Finish time varies (volunteers are free to come and go as they wish).

    Requirements:

    Wear suitable outdoor clothing.

    Contact the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre so they can provide further information.

    Additional Info:
  • Thursday 1st November 2018
    Elstead, Surrey

    Event:

    Thursley Volunteers

     

    The Thursley volunteer group meets every week on Thrusday and once a month on Sunday. Over the winter work is focused on habitat management, while over the summer volunteers carry out site maintenance and wildlife surveys. Anyone is welcome to join; volunteering is a great way to find out more about the wildlife of Thursley NNR, develope new skills and make new friends.

    Contact James Giles Reserve Manager for more information, and to join in.

    Contact:

    James Gile, Reserve Manager

    Contact Email:
    Meet:
    Requirements:
    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 20 October 2018
    Shrewsbury, Shropshire

    Event:

    Shropshire Environmental Data Network Recorders' Day

     

    The annual conference for the Shropshire Environmental Data Network (SEDN – the equivalent of the Local Environmental Records Centre for Shropshire).

    All welcome, whether you’re an established or new recorder from Shropshire.

    The programme, and further information, is avaliable via the NBN website.

    Contact:

    Charlie Bell 

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Start: 9:30

    Finish: 16:00

    Requirements:

    The event is free but you must book to reserve your place by contacting Charlie Bell.

    Additional Info:
  • 11th October 2018
    Elstead, Surrey

    Event:

    Thursley Volunteers

     

    The Thursley volunteer group meets every week on Thursday and once a month on Sunday. Over the winter work is focused on habitat management, while over the summer volunteers carry out site maintenance and wildlife surveys. Anyone is welcome to join; volunteering is a great way to find out more about the wildlife of Thursley NNR, develope new skills and make new friends.

    Contact James Giles, Reserve Manager for Natural England, to join in.

    Contact:

    James Giles, Reserve Manager

    Contact Email:
    Meet:
    Requirements:
    Additional Info:
  • Sunday 7th October 2018
    Craven Arms, Shropshire

    Event:

    Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

    Habitat Helpers volunteer group

     

    Help us create an oasis of habitats for everyone to enjoy in the Onny Meadows and land surrounding the centre.

    This monthly work party carries out light conservation work across the meadows. No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. We are a group of friendly, like-minded people who just want to give our Discovery Centre and Meadows some well earned TLC!

    This is a fantastic oppotunity to:

    - socialise and make new friends

    - spend time outdoors with nature, learning about the Onny Meadows and its wildlife

    - develope new practical conservation skills

     

    Contact:

    Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre Tel: 01588 676060

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Start: 10:00 

    Finish time varies (volunteers are free to come and go as they wish).

    Requirements:

    Wear suitable outdoor clothing.

    Contact the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre so they can provide further information.

    Additional Info:

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