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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  • 13/07/2019
    Dragonfly Week 2019!


    Dragonfly Week!

    Saturday 13th July - Sunday 21st July 2019


    We think that Dragonflies are so awesome that they deserve a whole week (an extended 9 day week in fact!) dedicated to celebrating them! Please join in whereever you are in the world! Wear your favourite Dragonfly print clothing, bake cakes/biscuits with dragonflies on, head to your nearest pond to see some real life dragons, create some dragonfly inspired art - celebrate in anyway that you want to Make sure you let us know what you do though so that we can share with other dragon fans! We will be organising some events of our own that you can join at sites where lots of dragons live too. Watch this space for more details nearer to the time!


    Conservation Outreach Officer Fiona McKenna.

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    Wherever you are!


    Have fun and enjoy Dragonflies in your own way!

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  • Friday 19 July - Sunday 21 July 2019
    Shrewsbury, Shropshire


    Identification of Dragonflies and Damselflies


    This course is aimed at those with a desire to learn more about these stunning insects. Open to all levels of ability we aim to introduce you close-up to a good number of our Shropshire species of dragonfly and damselfly, you will leave confident in your own abilites to identify them and make species records. Classroom sessions on identification, life history, larvae and exuviae will combined with a number of field visits to a range of aquatic habitats. This will allow you to put your skills into practice and to observe and understand the visual spectacle of these fascinating insects on the wing.

    Sue Rees Evans has served as the Shropshire County Recorder for Dragonflies and Damselflies and the Odonata Tsar for the Shropshire Ecological Data Network for the last 8 years. During this time Sue wrote the Shropshire Dragonflies website which serves as an online atlas and hosts the Shropshire Dragonfly Watch flight season 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.

    Book here



    Field Studies Council, Tel: 01743 852100

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    Times: 06:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Preston Montford Field Centre
    Montford Bridge
    SY4 1DX


    Booking required.

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  • Friday 19 July - Monday 22 July 2019
    Settle, North Yorkshire


    Identifying Freshwater Invertebrates

    This is a course for both beginners and those with some experience who wish to improve their identification skills on aquatic macroinvertebrates. The Malham estate has a wide variety of aquatic habitats; not only the tarn itself but also ponds, streams and bogs; which support a wide variety of aquatic macroinvertebrates.

    You will also have the opportunity to practice with correctly named specimens from other locations. The course focuses on field and laboratory skills training and self confidence in identification at whatever taxonomic level. The course content is flexible and can be tailored to the individual needs of participants. The course will include:

    • Field collection techniques
    • Preservation and curation of wet specimens
    • Use of identification keys including to species level for most groups
    • Some information on life histories
    • Introduction to recording distribution data

    At the end of the course participants should be:

    • Confident about using the field techniques for collecting and preserving specimens
    • Able to recognise many aquatic insects, both adult and juvenile; and other macroinvertebrates; to class, order and even family level in the field
    • Confident in the use of microscopes and identification keys
    • Confident in using map references for recording.

    Sharon Flint has over 20 years’ experience in identification of adult and juvenile aquatic insects and has taught identification and ecology to university students and professionals. She has worked on aquatic invertebrate surveys for Natural England, the RSPB and the private sector and has carried out research on the ecology of stoneflies and caddisflies. She works as an independent consultant on various projects and with a range of clients and carries out AQC work on aquatic invertebrate samples for consultancies. She is the Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union recorder for Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera and Trichoptera.

    Peter Flint is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and a Past President of the Yorkshire Naturalists Union. He has been involved in entomology for over 50 years, has a wide ranging knowledge of both aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates, and was curator of insects at Lancaster University for over 40 years.

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    Blue-tailed Damselfly by David Kitching


    FSC Malham Tarn Tel: 01729 830331

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    FSC Malham Tarn
    North Yorkshire
    BD24 9PU


    Booking required.

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  • Saturday 20 July 2019
    Bushy Park, London


    Discovering Freshwater Invertebrates and Ecology (Bushy Park)

    Bushy Park is home to a network of ponds and streams supporting a wide range of species from insect larvae to amphibians. This course will provide an introduction to freshwater pond habitats with a focus on sampling and identifying freshwater invertebrates in the field. This will be a practical course with ample opportunity to sample and identify specimens from several different ponds. By the end of the course participants will:

    • Have an awareness of a wide variety of freshwater life.
    • Be confident using a key to identify freshwater invertebrates.
    • Know how to safely sample freshwater ponds.
    • Understand the challenges facing freshwater life in the UK and how to submit records
    • Have a good understanding of how to best maintain ponds for wildlife

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    Course Fee includes: FSC guide Freshwater Name Trail. 

    Our Natural History and Exploring Nature and the Arts courses are aimed at those aged 18 and above. If you are interested in one of our courses but are under 18 at the time of the course beginning please contact the Centre hosting the course prior to booking to discuss the content and its suitability.

    About the tutor:

    Maaike Milligan is a Senior Tutor with the Field Studies Council. She has an MSc in Aquatic Ecology and specialises in freshwater macroinvertebrates. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and has worked on a wide range of research projects. She is also a qualified Biology Teacher


    • 09:45 – Registration and refreshments
    • 10:00 – Introduction to Freshwater Invertebrates
    • 10:30 – Field session: introduction to sampling freshwater ponds
    • 11:15 – Field Identification of Freshwater Invertebrates
    • 12:00 – Lunch – please bring a packed lunch.
    • 13:00 – Field session: assessing the health of freshwater ponds using BMWP (Biological Monitoring Working Party)
    • 15:00 - The ecological status and importance of freshwater habitats in the UK – what we can do to help our own pond habitats.
    • 15:30 – Discussion and summary
    • 16:00 – Course ends

    All timings are approximate. This is an outline programme and may be subject to change according to the weather, requirements of the group or access restrictions to field sites on the day of the course.

    What to Bring:

    • Weather-appropriate outdoor clothing
    • a packed lunch

    Health and Safety and Accessibility

    • There will be a member of staff with first aid training and access to a first aid kit on site.
    • If you have special medical requirements please let us know as soon as possible so we can plan the course.
    • Please be aware that this is a Deer Park, and there can be ticks. Please consider wearing long sleeved tops and trousers, even if the weather is nice, and bring insect repellent.
    • Our courses include some classroom sessions but field visits may be a few hours long and involve walking over uneven ground

    Meeting point / Location

    The Stockyard, Bushy Park.

    FSC in Bushy Park

    FSC have been working in partnership with The Royal Parks to deliver courses since 2011. In Bushy Park, our education Centre has two classrooms, toilet facilities, a small kitchen and office space. Alongside this is an area of the Park for education use, not open to members of the public. With two large meadows and grassland areas, woodland areas and three ponds, this is an exciting and inspiring space to discover more about the Park. Located near Hampton Court Palace, Bushy Park's mixture of woods, gardens, ponds and grassland makes it a fantastic place to enjoy wildlife with roaming herds of Red and Fallow Deer. The park is also home to the famous Chestnut Avenue, a formal Baroque water garden and the beautiful Diana Fountain.

    Photo: Large Red Damselfly by David Kitching


    FSC Tel: 01306 734501

    Contact Email:

    Bushy Park
    Hampton Court Road
    TW12 2EJ


    Booking required

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  • Saturday 27 July 2019
    Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire


    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 workshop introducing this group of insects and focusing on their identification. We will then head to the pools and hopefully introduce you close-up to a good number of the local species. Weather permitting there will be ample chance to allow you to put your identification skills into practice and to observe and understand the visual spectacle of these fascinating insects on the wing.

    Sue is Shropshire County Recorder for the British Dragonfly Society and the Odonata Tsar for the Shropshire Ecological Data Network. Sue recently completed an MSc in Biological Recording focusing on dragon and damselfly larval habitats. In between teaching for Shropshire based museums, Sue also leads dragonfly courses for the Field Studies Council, the National Trust and regional Wildlife Trusts.

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    Photo: Common Darter by David Kitching


    Bishops Wood Centre Tel: 01299 250513

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    Times: 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

    Bishops Wood Centre
    Crossway Green
    DY13 9SE


    Booking required.

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