Events

2018 Branch Events

Field trips are open to all, with a small fee of £2 payable by none members. Annual membership is only £5 for an individual and represents excellent value, so either join in advance, or print off a membership form and join on the day.

Please note:
Remember to bring a packed lunch, stout footwear and waterproof clothing.

You may be at risk from Lyme Disease when you visit the countryside. Lyme Disease is a relatively uncommon infection in the UK but it has recently started to occur more frequently. It is caused by a bacterium carried by ticks. People who walk in the countryside, especially those walking through grass, rough vegetation or wild areas such as heathland, are more at risk.
For more information visit the Lyme Disease Action website.

Check the website for the latest status and updates on planned field trips.

Young persons under the age of 18 are welcome to attend all meetings. However, as the Yorkshire Branch of the BDS has no member registered under the Children’s Act, their parent or guardian must accompany them. The leader of an event should also be consulted in advance if children wish to attend.

Potteric Carr, Saturday 28th April

Meet 11:00 at Potteric Carr Visitor Centre, SE589007
Leader: Alistair McLean 01142 782648
This is a joint meeting between Sorby Natural History Society, the British Dragonfly Society and Museums Sheffield. We will specifically be looking for Brachytron pratense, the Hairy Dragonfly; an early season riser, already known from this site, but will also be recording anything else we can while we’re there.
The site management of Potteric Carr have kindly agreed to waive the entrance fee for this meeting in return for sharing records, but make sure to make yourself known to Alistair before attempting to access the nature reserve, or you’ll be asked to pay full price.

Leeds Bird Fair, Saturday 23rd June

9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rodley Nature Reserve, Moss Bridge Road, Leeds LS13 1HP
YDG will have a stall at this increasingly popular event and will be leading walks around the ponds throughout the day.

High Batts Private Nature Reserve, Sunday 24 June

A joint meeting with Cleveland Nats. Meet at 10.30am in the Lay-by on the A6108, SE289761. From there we will drive down to the reserve. In the afternoon there should be time to visit some more ponds nearby. Leaders – Bill Hall / Keith Gittens. Contact number – 07903 449509

Woodhouse Washlands Nature Reserve, 28th  June

11:00 a.m. Meet at reserve entrance, Furnace Road, Sheffield, SK431855
Leader: Alistair McLean 01142 782648
A joint meeting between British Dragonfly Society, Sorby Natural History Society & Museums Sheffield.  There has been some development on this reserve in the last 18 months, with a few channels and ponds being added.  This will be an opportunity to see if any Odonata are taking advantage of these new features.  On street parking is available on Furnace Road.

Strensall Common, Saturday 14 July

A joint meeting with Freshwater Habitats Trust. A Flagship Ponds site, the walk will visit numerous ponds on the common and there will be opportunity to see the conservation work done at Worlds End. Meet at 10.00 am in Galtres Road Car Park, SE648611.
Leaders – Anne Carter / Keith Gittens. Contact number – 07903 449509

Thorne Moors, Friday 27 July

Meet at 10am at the Thorne Retail Park, Ogden Road, Thorne, DN8 5UG, situated just off Junction 6 of the M18 motorway. Grid Ref: SE 678139. From here we will be driving on to Thorne Moor, as a result it is important that anyone wishing to attend register to ensure they don’t get left behind. We will be guided round the moors by Helen Kirk of the Thorne & Hatfield Moors Conservation Forum,
There are no facilities on site and visitors are advised to wear stout footwear, even in the summer months the site can be very wet in parts. Visitors are also advised to bring insect repellant, protection from the sun, a packed lunch and drinks.
To register for the visit please contact Keith Gittens – 07903 449509 or email Keith.Gittens@yorkshiredragonflies.org.uk

Skipwith Common NNR, Sunday 5 August

A joint meeting with Freshwater Habitats Trust. A Flagship Ponds Site, the walk will visit various ponds across the reserve. Meet at 10.00 am in the reserve car park at SE669377
Leaders – Anne Carter / Pete Hinks. Contact number – 07534104564

Woodhouse Washlands Nature Reserve, 6th  September

11:00 a.m. Meet at reserve entrance, Furnace Road, Sheffield, SK431855
Leader: Alistair McLean 01142 782648
A joint meeting between British Dragonfly Society, Sorby Natural History Society & Museums Sheffield.  There has been some development on this reserve in the last 18 months, with a few channels and ponds being added.  This will be an opportunity to see if any Odonata are taking advantage of these new features.  On street parking is available on Furnace Road.