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:
- Identify common dragonflies & damselflies likely to be seen in the summer months
- Understand more about dragonfly lifecycles
Led by Gill and John Brook, County Recorders for Odonata.
Suitable for beginners and improvers.
Phone number01622 662012
PriceStandard fee: £35 per person per day.
Concessionary fee: Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.
Additional booking informationDragonfly 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.
Know before you go
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.