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.
An area of habitat for the rare Southern Damselfly has been saved thanks to the combined effort of several conservation organisations, the landowner and local farmers. The endangered Southern Damselfly is at risk of extinction in this part of the Preseli SAC in Pembrokeshire which is one of its traditional strongholds in Europe.
The BDS has confirmed that a new breeding population of rare Norfolk Hawker dragonflies has been found at Paxton Pits Nature Reserve in Cambridgeshire. This is the first breeding site to be discovered outside of the species’ Norfolk and Suffolk stronghold since Norfolk Hawkers were lost from the Cambridgeshire fens 120 years ago.