2015 Field Trip Dates

Heathland Foray at Graffham Common  

Date: Sunday 23rd August

Venue: Graffham and Lavington Commons

Time: Meet at 10:30am

Meeting point: Lavington common car park Grid Ref SU 949186 (Explorer Map 121)

Leader: Phil Belden and Bruce Middleton

Content: Conservation Works (or does it?). A foray into some newly restored / recovered heathland sites to see the effect on our dragonfly fauna.  Field trip to look for colonising dragonflies that (we hope) have re/discovered these places – what’s turned up and returning from the past records.

Other information: Looking for acid habitat specialists including Emerald Damselfly, Golden-ringed Dragonfly and possibly Black Darter on Graffham and Lavington Commons and on the Western Rother.

Chasing Chasers at Chesworth  

Date: Sunday 12th July

Venue: Chesworth Farm, Horsham

Time: Meet at 10:30am

Meeting point: TQ 1742 2995. Car park / gate at the junction of Queensway & Pedlars Way

Leader: Penny Green & Fran Southgate

Other information: Please contact fransouthgate@sussexwt.org.uk to book on the walk or call Fran on 01273 497555

Content: Come and help us to monitor that changes in dragonfly fauna which have occurred since the river floodplain was restored in 2014. See if we can spot the spread of a recently discovered pocket of the rare cut grass as well as a range of dragonflies and damselflies.   

Ashdown Forest & Moorlands Adventure

Date: Saturday July 25th  

Venue: Old Lodge / Moorlands

Time: Meet at 10:30am

Meeting point: In Old Lodge SWT Reserve Car Park (TQ469306)

Leader: John Luck

Other information: Looking for acid habitat specialists including Small Red Damselfly, Keeled Skimmer, Golden-ringed Dragonfly and possibly Black Darter. Then on to Moorlands for Brilliant Emeralds by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Love. 

Knepp Dragonfly Surveys

The Knepp Estate is looking for experienced dragonfly surveyors to join them between 10 am and 3.30 pm for dragonfly surveys on the following dates:- Wednesday 3rd June, Wednesday 8th July and Wednesday 19th August 

Please meet at 10.00am at the Knepp Wildland Campsite - Knepp Wildland Safaris, New Barn Farm, off Swallows Lane, Dial Post, West Sussex, RH13 8NN. Grid Ref: TQ150203. Surveyors will be going out in a vehicle to try to cover as many of the estate’s water bodies as possible in one day. Please bring a picnic lunch, a drink and appropriate clothing for the British weather. Please contact Penny Green on 01403 741235 or 07739 083650 to let her know if you are coming. The surveys will be cancelled if there are adverse weather conditions. 


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