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Meeting details 2017



Date of Meeting

Saturday 13th May 2017

Venue

Brandon Marsh Nature Centre, Warwickshire
Dragonfly adult identification and monitoring workshop.

Contact

Peter Reeve (01926 632400) email: peteratreeve60dotorgdotuk. Contact number on the day only: 07980064079.

Aim

Indoor and outdoor identification sessions will be held at the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Nature Centre. How to record dragonfly presence and behaviour in the field and the recording and monitoring protocols to use (as recommended by the British Dragonfly Society) will be discussed.

There is no charge but it is hoped participants will join the county team of dragonfly recorders.

Refreshments are included but not lunch.

Meet

Meet for a 10.30am start in the Barn at the Nature Centre, Coventry, Warwickshire CV3 3GW ( SP385758 ).
For map see: www.streetmap.co.uk

Requirements

Bring strong footwear, lunch or eat at the Nature Centre café.


Date of Meeting Saturday 27th May 2017
Venue Charlecote Park, Warwickshire.
Contact Peter Reeve (01926 632400) email:  peteratreeve60dotorgdotuk. Contact number on the day only: 07980064079
Aim Charlecote Park is a National Trust property and the estate includes at least one pool and the rivers Dene and Avon run through it (see the National Trust website).

Some recording of dragonflies has been done in the Park. Of particular interest is the Scarce Chaser that was first recorded on the Avon in the Park in 2015. The species has a two year life-cycle and a target of the meeting will be to search for emerging individuals/exuvia to prove breeding at this point on the Avon.

Meet Meet for an 10.30am start at the National Trust car park. Grid ref. SP263564; post code CV35 9ER.
For map follow link to: www.streetmap.co.uk

Note: There may be a parking charge for non-members of the National Trust.

Requirements Bring lunch, strong footwear.

Date of Meeting Saturday 10th June 2017
Venue Paxton Pits, Cambridgeshire
Contact Peter Reeve (01926 632400) email:  peteratreeve60dotorgdotuk. Contact number on the day only: 07980064079
Aim

Paxton Pits is a reserve of special interest to dragonfly enthusiasts. It is the most westerly known breeding site for the Green-eyed Hawker Anaciaeshna isosceles (AKA Norfolk Hawker). The Warwickshire Group organised a meeting to see the Norfolk Hawker in 2015 but were unlucky because of the atrocious. This is another opportunity for those of us who rarely see it to get more familiar with the species.

Paxton Pits has a rich and interesting dragonfly fauna including Variable Damselfly Coenagrion pulchellum and Scarce Chaser Libellula fulva. In addition to dragonflies there is much else of natural history to see - and hear. With luck, there will be singing Nightingales.

Meet Meet at the visitors centre for an 11.00am start. Grid ref. TL196629; post code PE19 6ET.
For map follow link to: www.streetmap.co.uk.
Note: There may be a parking charge.
Requirements Bring lunch, strong footwear.

Date of Meeting Saturday 12th August 2017
Venue Abbey Green Park, Polesworth and Alvecote Pooley Fields, Warwickshire.
Contact Peter Reeve (01926 632400) email:  peteratreeve60dotorgdotuk. Contact number on the day only: 07980064079
Aim The Abbey Green Park is beside the River Anker. During the winter 2013/2014 a significant amount of work improving the water bodies on the site was undertaken by the council, in consultation with the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. At a field meeting in 2015 nine species were recorded. The aim of this meeting is to see what is here in late summer and, hopefully, to extend the site species list.
There is an additional exciting possibility. The River Anker here is ideal habitat for Willow Emerald. Might we find the first individual of the species at the meeting? The nearest record for the species is only about 25 miles to the east.

Depending on available time, a visit may be made to nearby Alvecote Pools.

Meet Meet for an 10.30am start at the Abbey Green car park. Grid ref. SK262021; post code B78 1HB.
For map follow link to: www.streetmap.co.uk
Requirements Bring lunch, strong footwear.

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