Agnieszka Dymek’s photo of a damselfly has won the bugs section of the Wildlife Extra UK Wildlife Photography Competition 2011. This category was sponsored by the BDS and we send Agnieszka our congratulations.
The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads are the hotspot for the nation’s rarest wildlife –and that’s official. A pioneering study commissioned by the Broads Authority and carried out by the University of East Anglia reveals that this small area, which makes up only 0.4% of the UK, is a haven for an incredible quarter of Britain’s rarest species.
Chris Packham leads the cast for WildlifeXpo, London’s new wildlife exhibition. The BDS have booked a stand at the show to be held at Alexandra Palace, London on 14th and 15th October 2011. This is the UK’s most comprehensive wildlife exhibition, providing an unrivalled combination of exhibitors, lectures and workshops.
The UK has some of the world’s best wildlife, but not enough people realise it. To help promote the wildlife of the UK the BDS are sponsoring the Wildlife Extra photography competition. Enter the competition for a chance to win a signed copy of Britain’s Dragonflies and a year’s BDS membership.
British Dragonfly Society (BDS) has announced the appointment of its first Chief Executive, Gary Roberts. BDS President, Dr Pam Taylor, said “This is a major step forward for our society and we hope the new appointment will help to raise awareness of dragonflies and their fragile wetland habitats at a time when climate change is really beginning to affect their distribution.”
Dragonfly Day at Wicken Fen kicked off events for National Dragonfly Week. There were short guided walks, a Dragonfly Quiz Trail, games for the younger children and plenty of craft activities. Pond dipping produced lots of large and ferocious-looking diving beetle larvae, as well as damselfly and dragonfly larvae, water boatman, whirligig beetles and water mites.
Metamorphosis is a dragonfly sculpture 7 feet 6 inches long with a wingspan of 10 feet 8 inches, it has been built in Canada by a group of artists. The BDS first became aware of this project nearly a year ago and has followed it throughout. The end result is a fantastic blend of the realistic and the artistic. We hope you agree.
Fine weather brings desert dragonflies to Britain. Large numbers of predatory invaders have been silently invading Europe … and some of these have reached Britain! The invaders in question are brownish dragonflies known as Vagrant Emperors.