There are around 30 species of dragonfly in Britain and around 20 species of damselfly. They are incredibly beautiful insects and many can be identified in the field. Come and help record as many species of dragonfly and damselfly as you can at Attingham Park.

This day is designed to be a recording day; there will be no formal teaching although a tutor will be leading the day and providing identification support. The aim is to identify and record as many species of Odonata (dragon and damselflies) as possible. Consequently it is most suitable for those with some experience of identifying dragon and damselflies previously; for example people who have attended one or both of the BioLinks Learn To Love Dragonflies/Learn To Love Damselfly courses, or who have a similar level of knowledge.  It is a great opportunity to practice or refresh your ID skills!

Please note: this event is at Attingham Park, see the brochure for more details.

FSC BioLinks events are highly subsidised thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.


Header photo © Stephen Barlow

Tutor: Sue Rees-Evans

Sue Rees Evans has served as the Shropshire County Recorder for Dragonflies and Damselflies and the Odonata Tsar for the Shropshire Ecological Data Network for the last 8 years. During this time Sue wrote the Shropshire Dragonflies website which serves as an online atlas and hosts the Shropshire Dragonfly Watch flight season 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 Dragonfly and Damselfly identification 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. Though passing on the County Recorder role in 2018 Sue is looking forward to spending more time teaching and encouraging everyone to enjoy these fabulous insects.

Before You Attend

What to bring:

·        Notebook and pencil

·        Field guides/keys (if you have one)

·        Hand lens (if you have one)

·        Small rucksack or bag

·        Waterproofs (just in case!)

·        Stout shoes, boots or wellies

·        Water bottle and/or thermos flask

·        Hat and sunscreen

·        Casual clothing