The BDS has a new section on our website that is dedicated to dragonflies and damselflies in Wales and some of the work that we are doing in Wales. From this page you will be able to plan a trip to see dragonflies, find out which species occur in Wales and learn about the conservation work that we are doing to protect Southern Damselflies, one of the rare species of Damselfly that occurs there.
We had a great 30th Anniversary Member's Day on Saturday at the Oxford Natural History Museum. Thanks to everyone who made the day possible especially the speakers for their really interesting presentations. The cake did not last long but here is a photo that we took before it was cut.
The generally mild autumn weather of 2013, with its good spells of southerly winds, benefited both humans and insects alike. Dragonflies were no exception, with a number of particularly interesting sightings being made. Most spectacular of all were the numerous records of Vagrant Emperor. Adrian Parr, BDS Migrant Recorder, reports on the autumn so far.
BDS is delighted to announce the appointment of its first Scotland Officer. Danièle Muir joins us this week thanks to grant aid from Scottish Natural Heritage that will part fund the new post. Danièle will be responsible for developing BDS activities throughout Scotland including a programme of events, public awareness and dragonfly conservation work.
Brownfield sites can act as important havens for wildlife including dragonflies, other invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles and birds. In order to protect these sites a better understanding of their management and ecology is needed. Buglife have organised a one day conference looking at key species found on brownfield sites, how to assess and manage them and much more.
A Brown Hawker was spotted at Ynys-hir RSPB reserve in August. This is an unusual area for this species. It is relatively common in eastern and central England and Ireland but has been strangely absent from south-west England and north and west Wales. We first recorded it in west Wales in 2011, when a few Brown Hawkers were spotted and egg-laying observed at 2 sites near Machynlleth. These sites were 9km and 12km away from Ynys-hir, so there is a chance that the recent sightings are the offspring of those spotted in 2011. Click below to read the RSPB press release.
BDS Members' Day 2013 will be held at Oxford Natural History Museum on Saturday 16th November. Speakers will include Prof. Georg Rüppell & Dr Dagmar Hilfert-Rüppell explaining how sexual conflict in dragonflies affects evolution, Mark Tyrrell telling of the Beautiful Demoiselles and Scarce Chasers of the River Nene and Dr Carl Sayer enthusing us about the special wildlife that can be found in farmland ponds.
If you did not catch on Thursday 5th September, you can listen again to Ruary Mackenzie Dodds on Simon Mayo’s Drive Time show on BBC Radio 2. Ruary managed to pack a lot of dragonfly facts into the 6 minute interview, follow the link to listen again, the interview is approximately 18 minutes in length:
Job vacancy in Scotland – The BDS is looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated person to develop the Society’s work in Scotland. The successful candidate will deliver guided walks, talks and training courses. They will also organise a conference for local volunteers and develop conservation, education and interpretation projects that engage local people.
Dragonfly by David Chandler & Steve Cham. This beautifully produced new volume, briefly covering Dragonflies of Europe, North America, Australia and South Africa, comes at a very good price with high quality photography and a lively text. Definitely a worthwhile addition to the bookshelf. Available now from the BDS Shop.