Field ID of Dragonflies (WM Region)
- Location: Sandwell Valley RSPB
- Tutor: Sue Rees-Evans
- Date: Tuesday 16 July 2019
- Times: 10 am - 4 pm
- Level: Beginners
- Booking fee: £5
With their large elongated bodies, dragonflies are one of the animals commonly associated with ponds. These predatory insects have an aquatic larval stage before emerging as the often colourful insects that we all know. However, despite the speed and agility with which adult dragonflies move, many can be identified and recorded in the field.
On this course you will be:
introduced to dragonfly ecology
shown how observe these fast-flying insects in the field
practice identification techniques and know where to get ID support
introduced to submitting dragonfly records and the British Dragonfly Society
There will be classroom sessions and practice at identifying dragonflies in the field. We will look for live dragonflies around the ponds on site and bring them back into the classroom for a closer look, before releasing them again.
Please note that this course is a course for beginners and absolutely no experience of dragonflies is needed – just a passion for nature and learning more about wildlife that is often overlooked.
Sue Rees Evans was the Shropshire County Recorder for Dragonflies and Damselflies for eight years. During this time Sue created the ‘Shropshire Dragonflies’ website (shropshiredragonflies.co.uk) - an online atlas and the Shropshire Dragonfly Watch 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 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.
This course is heavily subsidised by the FSC BioLinks Project (funded by the Heritage Fund).
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