Discovering Dragonflies

Keen to be able to tell a dragonfly from a damselfly?  If you’re interested in helping understand and protect this declining species then we have a series of events taking place over the coming months that are perfect for you. Details of the events are listed below – you can register for a place via the events section of our website or follow the links below.

Dragonfly Identification Talk and Walk | May 11, 2019 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm | Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve

At this workshop, DWT Trustee and Dragonfly expert Michael Coates will take you through the basics of identifying a Dragonfly and offer a range of tips and advice on how to record sightings. An hour-long training session will be followed by a tour of  local ponds (weather permitting) to hopefully spot a good selection of dragon and damselflies. So, whether you just want to learn more about these colourful and inquisitive creatures or you would like to help gather scientific data for the Trust, this workshop is ideal.

Dragonfly ID and Surveying – Refresher/Intermediate Level | May 12, 2019 @ 10:45 am – 1:00 pm | Malton Pond, Lanchester

Were you involved in last year’s DWT survey of Dragonflies or do you already know how to identify the common species?  If so, this refresher talk is for you. Weather permitting we will meet at Malton Pond where we will practice surveying a site, learn tips on how to identify the less common species and get some great photographs!

Land of Oak and Iron Dragonfly Identification Talk and Walk | June 2, 2019 @ 10:45 am – 12:30 pm| Land of Oak and Iron Centre
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At this workshop, DWT Trustee and Dragonfly expert Michael Coates will take you through the basics of identifying a Dragonfly and offer a range of tips and advice on how to record sightings. An hour-long training session will be followed by a tour of  local ponds (weather permitting) to hopefully spot a good selection of dragon and damselflies. So, whether you just want to learn more about these colourful and inquisitive creatures or you would like to help gather scientific data for the Trust, this workshop is ideal. This course is part of the Geology & Wildlife Surveyors Project delivered through the Land of Oak & Iron, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.

In Search of Beautiful Damsels | July 7, 2019 | 11.15am – 13.30pm | Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve

DWT Trustee Michael Coates, is always on the look out for beautiful damsels and on July 7th you can help him out! In this instance you will be searching for arguably the prettiest damselfly, the “Banded Demoiselle” or the aptly named “Beautiful Demoiselle”. Rarely seen by the casual observer, these very dainty damselflies like to be by fast moving water, and in the Durham area we are lucky to have a few locations where they can typically be seen.

 

If you have any questions about these events or would like to submit a sighting email: dragons@durhamwt.co.uk

Photo: Four spotted chaser - Mal Wilkinson