Dragonfly, photo by J. Hukins

Dragonfly, photo by J. Hukins

Dragonflies

Location: Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve and Jeffery Harrison Visitor Centre, Bradbourne Vale Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 3DH
Fully booked
Learn about the life cycles and habitats of dragonflies and aids to identification. Then participate in a field study of adult dragonflies.

Event details

Meeting point

Jeffery Harrison Visitor Centre, Bradbourne Vale Road, Sevenoaks TN13 3DH. Map Ref TQ 520565

Date

Time
10.30am -4pm
A static map of Dragonflies

About the event

The morning will begin in the classroom finding out how to identify dragonflies, and learning about their lifecycle and habitats, with the aid of photographic slides.  The rest of the day will be spent visiting the ponds in the reserve to observe and identify dragonflies.

By the end of the session it is expected that you will be able to:

  1. Identify common dragonflies & damselflies likely to be seen in the summer months
  2. Understand more about dragonfly lifecycles

Led by Gill and John Brook, formerly County Recorders for Odonata.

Suitable for beginners and improvers.

This course is now fully booked but you can add your name to the waiting list by clicking on the orange 'Join Waitlist' button further down this page. 

Booking

Phone number

01622 662012

Price

Standard fee: £35 per person per day.
Concessionary fee: Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.

Additional booking information

Dragonfly identification leaflets may be available which can be purchased at the end of the day if desired. Damselflies may be netted by the leaders to assist in identification only and then released. The presence or absence of dragonflies is weather dependent.

Suitable for

Beginners

Know before you go

Dogs

Guide dogs only
Only guide dogs are allowed on the reserve. Dogs are allowed in the car park and picnic area on a lead.

Mobility

Walking from visitor centre to far end of long lake and returning via path by willow hide pond to be back at the visitor centre by 4pm.  We will be stopping several times during this walk and will be having a break for lunch midway. The main path is suitable for those with limited mobility and for wheel chair users.  However, observation spots for dragonflies and damselflies are often away from main path on sloping, uneven and narrow tracks leading to fishing spots so may not be suitable for those with mobility issues.

What to bring

Close-focusing binoculars or monoculars if you have them.  Notebook and pen.  Suitable clothing and walking footwear, packed lunch and sufficient drink. 

Facilities

Toilets
Shop
Cafe/refreshments
Picnic area

Contact us

Jill Evington
Contact number: 01622 662012