Male Ruddy Darter
Male Ruddy Darter. Photograph © D. Williams

As well as dragonfly walks and talks there are a number of Shropshire based courses that focus on adults, larvae and exuviae and the fascinating life cycle of these insects. If you know of any planned Shropshire dragonfly events that you would like me to list here or if you would like me to give a talk then please do get in touch.

STOP PRESS: First dates for 2021 events -see below.

British Dragonfly Society Identification Courses

10am-4pm Wednesday 21st July, 2021 POSTPONED TILL 18th AUG

10am-4pm Wednesday 4th August, 2021

BDS DRAGONFLY HOT SPOT at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms, Shropshire

Aim: This year Sue Rees Evans is running 2 dragonfly identification workshops at this location aimed at beginners. Participants will learn to identify a range of species throughout both sessions. Classroom inputs during the morning will focus on damselfly ID (session one) and dragonfly ID (session two). Following a brief lunch the afternoons will be spent outside around the centre ponds and the River Onny putting our new identification skills to the test. Participants are welcome to attend both days as a series though attendance on just 1 day is also possible.

Please note the damselflies date 21st July has now been postponed until August 18th. Therefore session 1 will be on dragonflies on Aug 4th.

Tutor: Sue Rees Evans – County recorder for Dragonflies in Shropshire and Odonata Tsar for the Shropshire Ecological Data Network.

Location: Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY79RS.

Contact: Booking essential via Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre Tel: 01588 676060  or email:

Cost: £10 per session

Requirements: Packed lunch or cafe available. Wellies/walking boots and waterproofs as we will be venturing out! Total walking will be no more than 2km. Identification guides and hand lens if owned.

NB. For those who wish, the latest ‘Field Guide to the damselflies and dragonflies of Britain and Ireland’ by D. Smallshire & A. Swash will be available for purchase at £17.95 (correct cash/cheque only).

Click on the link below for a poster advertising this event.

Dragonfly idenitfication course 2021

NB. This course is arranged based on the current road map out of restrictions. Should COVID restrictions be reinstated we will of course adapt or cancel the course as appropriate. 

Whixall Moss – Dragonflies, Butterflies and Birds

Various dates in May/June/July 2021

Stephen Barlow is leading a number of Naturetrek Tours on Whixall Moss throughout May, June and July. Stephen has an incredible insight into the wildlife living on the Moss as he regularly records and photographs not only the dragonflies and damselflies but a host of other species groups. This should certainly be a great opportunity for those who have yet to see their first White-faced Darter.

For full details please follow this link:

Naturetrek Whixall Moss Tour Information

NB. Some dates have already sold out and spaces are limited.