Dragonflies and Damselflies
Discover the difference between these incredible insects on a hands-on identification workshop.
Taught by Bryan Pinchen
Sat 11 July 2015
We are all familiar with seeing dragonflies and damselflies during the warm and sunny days of spring and summer, but what are the differences between them and how do we go about identifying them?
This one day course will explore the differences between dragonflies and damselflies and look at their life cycles, ecology and habitat requirements. We will also learn how to identify the most common species which are likely to be encountered in southern England. We will begin with a brief introduction to the group and their life cycles, followed by a hands-on session of identification. We will then venture out into the fields and water bodies of The Kingcombe Centre to look for adult and larval stages of the group and have a go at identifying them in the field.
The day will be very hands-on with both indoor and outdoor sessions, with a limited amount of walking.
Bryan has had a lifelong interest in the natural world. His work has included seabird protection, studying feral goats, physical habitat management and wildlife surveys. In 2000, he became fully self-employed working on insect ecology projects, undertaking general insect surveys countrywide, and advising on habitat management on a range of nature reserves for the major conservation agencies and other organisations. Bryan also teaches and lectures on a number of natural history subjects and has also written, illustrated and published insect identification guides covering bumblebees, ladybirds, grasshoppers and crickets, shieldbugs and leatherbugs, using the imprint name Forficula Books.
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