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Sun, Jul 17


Forest of Flowers

Dragonfly Spotting and Identification

An afternoon observing dragonflies and damselflies within the Forest of Flowers habitat during their peak season.

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Dragonfly Spotting and Identification
Dragonfly Spotting and Identification

Time & Location

Jul 17, 2022, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Forest of Flowers, Home Farm, Tollerton Road, York YO61 1JB, UK

About the event

Dragonfly Spotting and Identification

Join us as we explore the Forest of Flowers nature reserve at peak dragonfly and damselfly season, with the help of our expert guide, Keith Gittens (Chairman, Yorkshire Dragonfly Group).

We've seen dragonfly numbers dramatically increase as the Forest of Flowers habitat has developed. As well as the woodland and wildflower plantation in 2016, we have created 17 large ponds providing wetland habitat which allows insects like dragonflies to thrive. 

During the afternoon, we will discuss:

  • Dragonfly and damselfly species present at the Forest of Flowers
  • Identification tips
  • Types of habitat - host and food plant species, and how to support dragonflies in your area

After an initial talk, a guided tour will let you observe our dragonflies in their natural habitat and develop your identification skills. We expect to see a wide range of species, including:

  • Broad-bodied Chaser
  • Emperor
  • Black-tailed Skimmer
  • Banded Demoiselle
  • Blue-tailed Damselfly

Refreshments will be provided after the walk.

Please note:

  • Our walk will be approximately 1-2 miles through flat but uneven terrain -  we recommend sturdy footwear such as walking boots.
  • Sightings are not guaranteed as dragonfly activity is very weather-dependant.

About Forest of Flowers

The Forest of Flowers project has created 74 acres of new woodland and wildflower meadows, with the sole aim to provide a thriving natural sanctuary for wildlife.

The land, previously a mixed arable and sheep farm, was re-purposed in 2016 when over 42,000 trees and shrubs were planted, alongside 35 native wildflower species. This is part of a vision to create a thriving ecosystem to benefit pollinators, birds and a diverse range of native wildlife. As well as a focus on increased biodiversity, the project supports:

  • Carbon capture to reduce the effects of climate change.
  • Prevention of flooding in the local area.
  • UK wildflower population, providing seeds from the meadows to other sites nationwide.

All ticket sales will support our conservation work here on the Forest of Flowers nature reserve. Thank you!

Tickets are limited and booking is essential.


  • Adult

    Guided walk with refreshments included.

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  • Child (Under 16)

    Guided walk with refreshments included.

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