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.

To add new events to this page (only if you have been given the appropriate access) click here

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. 

  • every week in 2019
    Leeds, West Yorkshire

    Event:

    Rodley Nature Reserve Volunteer Days

     

    The Reserve relies entirely on voluntary help and welcomes anyone, young or old, to join in with the many aspects of work required in its day-to-day management.

    Habitat maintenance and project work is carried out every Monday and Friday whilst Visitor Centre volunteers are required every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. In addition help is always welcome on a Tuesday and Thursday during the summer months when the Reserve is given over to visiting school groups on educational visits.

     

    Work Volunteers

    Spring and Summer seasons tend to concentrate on general maintenance and repair work including grass maintenance and meadow management. In addition at this time of year Himalayan Balsam has to be controlled to minimise the spread of this species. Autumn and Winter is the busiest period of the year for work volunteers with coppicing, hedge building, reed cutting and ditch clearance. Project work is also carried out during this time to avoid disturbance to the wildlife during the summer months.

    If you are interested come and give it a go and, where necessary, appropriate training will be provided.

     

    Education Volunteers

    Education Volunteers look after our educational visits most of which are from 5 to 11 year olds from Primary Schools, Scouts and Brownies etc.

    You don’t have to be an expert naturalist or a teacher, but if you have a knowledge of natural history and an enthusiasm to share it with our young visitors you can make a real contribution to our young people and to Rodley Nature Reserve.

     

    Visitor Centre

    Can you help with serving tea and coffee and dealing with sales from our shop? The Centre can be quite busy particularly on warm summer weekends and volunteers are required to work as a team to serve our visitors. After a period in the Centre to gain experience of the Reserve and its visitors it may be possible to extend the duties to include Wardening where volunteers are out and about on the Reserve to provide help for our visitors in a “here to help role”.

    Photos by Rodley Nature Reserve

     

    Contact:

    Rodley Nature Reserve Tel: 0113 2040441

    Contact Email:
    Meet:
    Requirements:

    If you woud like to participate please contact the reserve.

    Additional Info:
  • Last Sunday of the month from September to April
    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:
  • first Sunday of every month in 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

  • every Thursday and the last Sunday of every month in 2019
    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 27 April 2019
    London

    Event:

    PUBLIC CONFERENCE: HUMAN POPULATION AND THE SIXTH MASS EXTINCTION

    There is widespread consensus among scientists and conservationists that we are in the midst of the Sixth Mass Extinction, and that human beings are its cause.

    As the world’s population grows, so does demand for food, water, land, and other resources, while carbon emissions increase with each new carbon emitter. While many scientists and conservationists acknowledge the link between human population growth and shrinking biodiversity, few mainstream conservation organisations are calling for action to address it.

    Population Matters' 2019 conference brings together scientists and campaigners to examine the problem, and discuss the solutions.

    The conference is FREE and open to our members and the public.

     

    Contact:

    Population matters

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    2pm-5pm

    Doors open at 1:30pm

    The Light, Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ 

     

    Requirements:

    For more information and booking visit the event website.

    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 4th May 2019
    Harper Adams, Shropshire

    Event:

    Field to Fork Festival

    We all know what this stuff called food is. We share it with family and friends. We celebrate with it, comfort ourselves with it and fuel our lives with it. And it comes from the supermarket, right?

    But how many of us really know where it comes from, how it is grown or how it gets to our plates?

    FREE

    Programme below

    Contact:

    Harper Adams University Tel: 01952 432175

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Start: 10:00

    Finish: 17:00

     

    Harper Adams University

    Edgmond,
    Newport
    TF10 8NB

     

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:
  • Sunday 5 May 2019
    Whitchurch, Shropshire

    Event:

    Bettisfield Moss NNR

     

    Shropshire Invertebrate Group meeting.

    This outstanding site boasts a huge range of scarce invertebrate species,with the potential remaining for new species for the county to be discovered.

    Bettisfield Moss by Claire Install.

    Contact:

    Shropshire Invertebrate Group

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Meet at 11:00 at the car park at SJ 480 348, which is along Moss Lane.

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:
  • Thursday 09 May 2019
    Shrewsbury, Shropshire

    Event:

    Looking at Freshwater Invertebrates with Microscopes (WM region)

     

    Tutor: Charlie Bell

    Freshwater invertebrates are incredibly important for freshwater food webs and ecosystems and are an important stage in the life cycle of many invertebrates with land-based adult forms, such as dragonflies, mayflies and many true flies. They are also used extensively in monitoring water quality. However, many freshwater invertebrate groups are hugely under-recorded and many people know little about these fascinating groups, let alone how to differentiate between them. The sheer number of different invertebrate groups can be intimidating to the beginner, so it’s unsurprising that people are put off learning about the individual species.
    This course is an introductory course aimed at those interested in learning more about ‘what makes a mayfly a mayfly?’ and will give a very basic overview of some of the features needed to identify which group a freshwater invertebrate belongs to. We will look at how to use microscopes and an identification key to classify freshwater invertebrates into their respective groups with preserved specimens. By the end of the day you will know how to determine if something is a mayfly or a stonefly and will have learned that looking at invertebrate features is not as difficult as you may imagine.
    This course is an introductory course and absolutely no experience of identifying invertebrates, using microscopes or following an identification key is needed to enjoy this course – just a passion for nature and learning more about wildlife that is often overlooked.

    Please note that this course will involve the use of specimens that have been killed and preserved.

    Charlie Bell joined the FSC in Feb 2015 to work on the Tomorrow's Biodiversity project. She now works as the FSC BioLinks Project Officer in the West Midlands.

    Charlie's background is in conservation and ecology, and her varied entomological interests include freshwater invertebrates, moths, springtails, earthworms and spiders!

    This course is heavily subsidised by the FSC BioLinks Project (funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund).

    Booking fee: £5

    Level: Open for Everyone

    Photo of Emperor Dragonfly larva by Christophe Brochard

    Contact:

    Field Studies Council Tel: 01743 852100

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Preston Montford
    Montford Bridge
    Shrewsbury
    Shropshire
    England
    SY4 1HW

    Times: 10 am - 4 pm

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:
  • Sunday 19 May 2019
    Stafford, Staffordshire

    Event:

    Dragonflies of Chartley Moss

    Chartley Moss National Nature Reserve is the largest floating peat bog in Britain, and supports important botanical communities. It is also recognised as an important site for Dragonflies, as its sphagnum pools support breeding populations of the rare White-faced Darter. Join Natural England Reserve Manager Paul Shires, and BDS Conservation Officer Ellie Colver, for a guided tour around this wonderful site, and a chance to encounter this charismatic species.

    Cost: £4 per person to be paid on the day. Free to children.

    Photo: White-faced Darter by David Kitching.

    Contact:

    Eleanor Colver. Conservation Officer. 

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    First walk starts 11:00

    Second walk starts 14:00

    Please book a time.

    Requirements:

     Wear suitable outdoor footwear (wellies would be best as it can be very wet) and clothing. Bring binoculars, ID books, camera if you have them. 

    Contact Eleanor Colver to book a place on one of the walks. Please provide a phone/mobile number and the names of all the people attending.

    Additional Info:
  • Sunday 2 June 2019
    Church Stretton, Shropshire

    Event:

    Church Stretton Field Meeting

    Shropshire Invertebrate Group meeting.

    We will plan to visit two small sites around the town of Church Stretton, starting at Ley Gardens where there is an interesting wetland site,

    Image: Church Stretton by Ed Webster

    Contact:

    Shropshire Invertebrate Group

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Meet at 11.00 at the entrance to the Wetland site by Ley Gardens at SO 459 941. There is on road parking available on some of nearby streets (eg Lutwyche Road and Essex Road).

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 8 June 2019
    Meriden, Warwickshire

    Event:

    Packington Park Field Meeting

     

    A rare opportunity to visit a wonderful deer park where there are a number of lakes and pools each with a different character. Sixteen species are recorded there and, no doubt, more species are to be found. In particular, two species for which there is suitable habitat are: Hairy Dragonfly and, though the date is a little early, may be Small Red-eyed Damselfly. Also, see the Packington Estate website

    Details of where to meet will be supplied after registration.

    Hairy Dragonflies by David Kitching

     

    Contact:

    Peter Reeve Tel:01926 632400/ 07980064079

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    We will meet at 10.45 for 11.00am.
     

    Requirements:

    Pre-booking for the day is essential.

    Bring lunch, strong footwear.

    Additional Info:
  • Sunday 9 June 2019
    Clare, Suffolk

    Event:

    Hidden Gardens of Clare

     

    The annual Clare in Bloom open gardens day.

    For this year's event, dragonfly enthusiast Andrea Harrison will be welcoming the public to her home in order to demonstrate how you can make your garden a paradise for dragonflies and other wildlife. Last year Andrea had 60 Common Darters emerge from her pond!

    Tickets will be available on the day. 

    Clare is a small historic market town on the River Stour in Suffolk. Several tea rooms, restaurants and shops, along with the Clare Castle country park, make it a good day out with something for everyone.

    More information will become avaliable nearer the date.

     

    Contact:

    Will be updated soon

    Contact Email:
    Meet:
    Requirements:
    Additional Info:
  • 16th June 2019
    Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire

    Event:

    Dragonfly Larvae Identification Course

     

    A Dragonfly larvae I.D. course with Henry Curry at National Trust Wicken Fen Nature Reserve. Aimed at beginners, this course will start with an introduction to dragonfly larvae and the their place in the dragonfly life-cycle. Indoor practical sessions will focus on the identification of cast skins (exuviae). Depending on the weather, we'll go out onto the Fen and look at the dipping ponds and practice identification in the field.

    Cost: £35

    Photo: Southern Hawker larva by Christophe Brochard.

     

    Contact:

    Henry Curry, BDS Secretary  Tel: 01733 204286

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Please report to the education building, just behind the cafe at Wicken Fen, Lode Lane, Wicken, Ely CB7 5XP

    Start 10:00am. Finish 16:00pm.

    Requirements:

    Pre-booking is essential, please contact Henry Curry to book.

    Bring a packed lunch, or eat at the National Trust cafe.

    Sturdy footwear - perhaps wellies/walking boots if it has been wet -  and waterproofs as we will be briefly venturing out on to the Fen.

    Total walking will be no more than 1km. Identification guides, hand lens if you have one. We'll provide some microscopes. (Note: There is a car park charge for non-NT members.)

    Additional Info:

    For those who wish, the ‘Field Guide to the larvae and exuviae of British Dragonflies’ by Steve Cham will be available to purchase on the day.

  • Tuesday 18 June 2019
    Alderford Lakes and Whixall Moss, Shropshire

    Event:

    Dragonfly Recording Day (WM region)

     

    Come and help record as many species of dragonfly and damselfly as you can at two different sites in North Shropshire.
    There are around 30 species of dragonfly in Britain and around 20 species of damselfly. They are incredibly beautiful insects. Many damselflies can be identified and recorded in the field.

    This day is designed to be a recording day; there will be no formal teaching although a tutor will be leading the day and providing identification support. The aim is to identify and record as many species of Odonata (dragon and damselflies) as possible.

    Consequently it is most suitable for those with some experience of identifying dragon and damselflies previously; for example people who have attended one or both of the BioLinks Learn To Love Dragonflies/Learn To Love Damselfly courses, or who have a similar level of knowledge. It is a great opportunity to practice or refresh your ID skills!

    The site visits will be split between our base for the day at Alderford Lake, and Whixall Moss which is a short drive away. Tea, coffee, and lunch are included in the price.

    Sue Rees Evans was the Shropshire County Recorder for Dragonflies and Damselflies for eight years. During this time Sue created the ‘Shropshire Dragonflies’ website (shropshiredragonflies.co.uk) - an online atlas and 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 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.

    Southern Hawker by David Kitching.

    Contact:

    FSC Tel:01743 852100

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Times: 10 am - 4 pm

     Alderford Lakes and Whixall Moss

    Requirements:

    Booking fee: £5

     

    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 29th June 2019
    Parsonage Moor & Dry Sandford Pit, Oxfordshire

    Event:

    Parsonage Moor & Dry Sandford Pit Visit

     

    To find and record the species on these special sites. They have a very special assemblage of dragonflies, most notably Southern Damselfly. Other species present include: Small Red Damselfly, Keeled Skimmer and Variable Damselfly. 

    Southern Damselfly by Martin D Parr.

     

    Contact:

    Peter Reeve Tel: 01926 632400/ 07980064079
     

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    We will meet at 10.45 for 11.00am. Details of where to meet will be supplied after registration.

    Requirements:

    Pre-booking for the day is essential. If you are coming you must register with Peter Reeve. Due to the sensitive nature of the habitat places available are strictly limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

    Bring strong footwear and a packed lunch. 

    Additional Info:
  • Sunday 30 June 2019
    Clun, Shropshire

    Event:

    Black Hill, Clun visit

    Shropshire Invertebrate Group meeting.

    A Forestry Commission site in the Clun Hills, offering fabulous views across the south of the county. Although there is much plantation forestry here, there is also deciduous scrub and grassland habitats.

    Image: Clun valley by John Clift.

     

    Contact:

    Shropshire Invertebrate Group

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Meet at 11.00 at the start of the gated forestry track at SO 319 786. There is parking at the start of the forestry track, or in the large layby opposite. Note that the roads in this area are narrow.

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:
  • Wednesday 03 July 2019
    Wolverhampton, West Midlands

    Event:

    Learn to Love Dragonflies (WM region)

     

    If you’re interested in dragonflies but don’t feel ready for a beginner’s ID workshop, then this day is for you! It’s a day for people who are fascinated by dragon and damselflies but don’t know where to start with them. It’s a very gentle introduction to the world of dragonflies and the art (and science!) of telling one kind from another.

    • Come and learn about the different types of British dragonflies and damselflies and their natural history
    • Learn some of their names
    • Learn how to tell a few of them apart
    • Listen to some fascinating talks from a local expert
    • Find out what to do if you want to take your interest further

    Please note that this is an introductory course and absolutely no experience is needed – just a passion for nature and learning more about wildlife that is often overlooked. The day will include a mixture of classroom and outside sessions so please dress appropriately.

     

     

    Sue Rees Evans was the Shropshire County Recorder for Dragonflies and Damselflies for eight years. During this time Sue created the ‘Shropshire Dragonflies’ website (shropshiredragonflies.co.uk) - an online atlas and 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 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.

    Brown Hawker by Paul Appleyard

    Contact:

    FSC Tel: 01743 852100

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Wildside Activity Centre

    Hordern Rd, Wolverhampton WV6 0HA

    Times: 10 am - 4 pm

     

    Requirements:

    Booking fee: £5

    Booking and more info here

    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 6th July 2019
    Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire

    Event:

    Adult Dragonflies and their habitats for beginners

    Led by Stuart Irons.

    The aim of this course is for participants to identify common species of adult dragonflies and their habitats. There will be sessions using colour photo presentations, one-to-one guidance and a field tour of adult dragonfly and water plant habitats.

    Cost: £35

    Southern Hawker by Iain Leach.

    Contact:

    BDS Secretary, Henry Curry Tel: 01733 204286

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Meet at the learning centre behind the cafe, Wicken Fen, Lode Lane, Wicken, Ely CB7 5XP

    Start 10:00am. Finish 16:00pm.

    Requirements:

    Pre booking is essential, please contact Henry Curry to book.

    Please bring your own lunch or visit the café on site. Please wear sturdy, comfortable footwear and dress for the weather as we will head out onto site for part of the course.

    Additional Info:

    There is a car parking charge for non National Trust members.

  • Sunday 7 July 2019
    Birmingham, West Midlands

    Event:

    We are back at Edgbaston Cricket Ground for another superb entomological show. This will feature a huge range of both live and papered specimens of tarantulas, beetles, moths, butterflies, katydids and stick insects as well as a host of other species. A full range of equipment will also be available including housing, moth traps, books, cabinets and trays and much more.
    This is a FULL ENTOMOLOGICAL SHOW so a wide and diverse mix for all hobbyists

    Edgbaston Cricket Ground is a prestigious & well signposted venue
    Large free car park
    Direct access via motorways / public transport or even walking from the city centre
    Food & drink inside the hall
    Cash machines
    Free WiFi
    Cheap local hotels
    This is being advertised across social media / local radio and press / museums and colleges and will again be a very busy event
    Friendly & helpful advice available at all times so don’t be afraid to ask!
    Last years show sold out completely so if thinking of booking contact me asap and look forward to seeing you all in July

    GET SHARING THE EVENT AND LETS MAKE THIS ANOTHER SUCCESS

    Contact:

    Contact organiser by email.

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Start: 10:30

    Finish: 16:00

     

    Edgbaston Cricket Ground

    Edgbaston Rd, B5 7QU Birmingham, United Kingdom

     

     

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:
  • Sunday 7 July 2019
    York, North Yorkshire

    Event:

    Insect Festival 2019

     

    Following the success of previous years the Insect Festival will be taking place in York again in July 2019. IF19 on Sunday 7 July 2019 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 York Museum Gardens, with exhibits and a range of other stands and activities being held in the beautiful 14th century Hospitium and surrounding grounds.

    Live insect displays, demonstrations, award-winning photographic displays, national and regional natural history societies, book sellers, entomologist's equipment, face painting, build your own minibeast, bug hunts, competitions.....
    ......and much , much more!!

    Contact:

    Royal Entomological Society Tel: 01727 899387

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Start: 10:00

    Finish: 16:00

     

    York Museum Gardens

    Museum Street, York YO1 7FR

     

    Requirements:

    Entry: £1 per adult, FREE for under 16s

    Additional Info:

Pages