Budding north Shropshire photographers can head to between Oswestry and Whitchurch next week for an event on how to snap dragonflies.

The event will be held at the Marches Mosses BogLIFE project on Saturday, June 23 for a free event for budding amateur photographers to discover how to find and photograph dragonflies.

Photographer Stephen Barlow will lead the workshop and he has taken some wonderful photographs of dragonflies on the Reserve and he will explain the techniques he uses to get such close up shots.

Participants will be able to go out on to the Reserve to practice a few shots of their own.

The Fenn’s, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses National Nature Reserve, managed by Natural England and Natural Resources Wales, is a haven for dragonflies and many other beautiful insects.

The Marches Mosses BogLIFE project is inviting people to come and discover these creatures and learn how to get some great close up photographs of them. No specialist equipment is needed.

Mike Crawshaw, Marches Mosses BogLIFE project engagement officer said: “The reserve is home to some amazingly rare dragonflies like the common hawker and the rare white-faced darter.

"Stephen has been sharing some amazing photos of these small insects that live here with us. The workshop is a great opportunity to learn from an expert how to get great photographs yourself, while learning about the site and its inhabitants.”

Extensive restoration work to the Mosses means internationally important raised bog wetland now replaces vast swathes of dry bare peat where mire species great and small can thrive.

In partnership with Natural Resources Wales and Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Natural England will build on this success in the coming years with a multi-million pound package of improvements through the European LIFE and Heritage Lottery-funded Marches Mosses BogLIFE Project.

The Dragonfly photography event is free and starts at The Manor House Base NNR Office, Moss Lane, Whixall, Whitchurch, Shropshire SY13 2PD.

You need to bring your own lunch. Booking is essential as places are limited.

For further information and to reserve a place for the day please contact Mike Crawshaw on 01948 880362 or email info.whixall@naturalengland.org.uk

For further information about Natural England please visit www.gov.uk/government/organisations/natural-england