An Introduction to Dragonflies and Damselflies - Donegal

Saturday, 25 June 2022 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM IST

Sheskinmore Nature Reserve, Sandfield, Ardara, Donegal, F94 EP62 , Ireland

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Saturday, 25 June 2022 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM IST

McGlinchys House Field Study Centre, Sheskinmore Nature Reserve, Ardara, Donegal, F94 EP62 , Ireland.

Workshop Leader: Dave Wall

Venue: McGlincheys House Field Studies Centre, Sheskinmore Nature Reserve, Sheskinmore, Co. Donegal. (Eircode: F94 EP62)

Date: Saturday, 25th June

Time: 10:00 – 15:00 (field work included)

Audience: Beginner to intermediate recorders

Fee: €20 (€10 student)

Join the National Biodiversity Data Centre and the National Parks and Wildlife Service for an introduction to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Ireland. During this workshop we will look at the features used to identify Ireland’s Dragonfly and Damselfly species, how to survey for them, where to find them, and helpful suggestions on identification resources. The morning will consist of a short introduction to the Dragonfly Ireland 2019 – 2024 project, followed by an illustrated talk with particular emphasis on key identification features. In the afternoon we will explore Sheskinmore Nature Reserve to practice our field skills and hopefully spot some of the many species to be found on this beautiful and remote stretch of our coastline. This workshop is suitable for beginners and those wishing to refresh their identification skills.

Lunch: Tea/Coffee provided. Please bring a packed lunch.

Clothing: Sturdy walking boots or wellingtons. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring a hat and sunglasses.

Health & Safety: Please be mindful that this workshop includes an element of teaching outdoors. Warm waterproof clothing and good walking footwear are essential. As a rule of thumb, it is generally expected that any participants who sign up for a workshop that involves spending time in the outdoors will own and bring the appropriate outdoor clothing. A risk assessment for this event has been completed and participants are asked to listen carefully to the safety briefings that are delivered on the day.

Please Note: This workshop will only proceed with a minimum of 10 participants. If fewer than 10 participants register to attend, the workshop may be cancelled and fees refunded.

National Biodiversity Data Centre

The National Biodiversity Data Centre works to make biodiversity data and information more freely available in order to better understand and assist the protection of Ireland’s biodiversity. For an overview of the role and work of the National Biodiversity Data Centre please visit

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