Dragonfly Training – Lane End (Buckley)

  • Where The Bug Shack, Lane End Nature Reserve, off Brindle Close, Buckley, Flintshire, CH7 3FB.
  • When
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Date: Tuesday 24th July

Time: 10.30AM-4PM

Location: The Bug Shack, Lane End Nature Reserve, off Brindle Close, Buckley, Flintshire, CH7 3FB.  (Please note this postcode takes you to Brindle close – the Bug Shack is a lone building in the public open space at the end of the cul-de-sac.  If you can’t find us please call Kate on: 07842205946 or Paul on: 07850879522)

This ID course is aimed at beginners.  Dragonflies and damselflies may be initially daunting – found often only in (quite fast!) flight, and with a host of colour options within the same species.  The goal is not to be able to identify every dragonfly or damselfly you encounter, but to be able to confidently and correctly identify many of the commonest species in at least one colour form.  We will cover only the species found locally and will focus on the easiest features and colours.  The course is based heavily on the training provided last year, and we welcome both new volunteers and those wanting a top-up for the 2018 season.  It will include a classroom workshop in the morning and a field-visit to test our skills in the afternoon.  Lane End Nature Reserve, with over 50 ponds, hosts large numbers of dragonflies and damselflies.

Please bring pens, paper, etc. for the classroom session.  For the field session feel free to bring any ID guides you may have (optional), a pair of binoculars/monocular (optional).  Please dress suitably for the weather conditions on the day, including sun hat/cream or warm clothes as required.  This site is quite accessible, but please wear suitable shoes for walking on rough ground/muddy tracks (e.g. walking boots or wellies).  For biosecurity reasons, please ensure that all footwear is clean of dirt, vegetation etc. before coming to site.

We will provide tea and biscuits, but please bring a packed lunch.

Course Leader: Paul Furnborough, Reserves Development Manager

Places are limited and by booking only: please email [email protected] to reserve a space.