Willow Emerald Watch 2023 update

The BDS has been tracking the range expansion of Willow Emerald Damselfly since it colonised England in 2009. Learn more on the Willow Emerald Watch Project page. Project lead, Adrian Parr, provides an update from the 2023 recording season. . . Willow Emeralds had another relatively good season in 2023, and it was pleasing to…

Volunteers needed in Shropshire Hills

If you live near the Shropshire Hills join the Stepping Stones Project volunteer team! We need volunteers to assist in locating dragonfly habitat, monitoring local populations, and assisting in habitat management. The Stepping Stones is a landscape-scale nature conservation project aimed at restoring the natural habitats of the Shropshire Hills. Watch this introductory video to…

Read the White-legged Damselfly Investigation final report

The final report on the White-legged Damselfly Investigation citizen science project is now available to download here. From 2018 to 2022 over 700 volunteers assisted the BDS in mapping the distribution of the White-legged Damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes) across England and Wales with the aim of assessing changes in the species’ occupancy (geographic area within which…

Willow Emerald Watch 2022 Results

The BDS has been tracking the spread of the Willow Emerald Damselfly across England since 2015. You can help by keeping an eye out for adults in late summer-autumn, as well as their egg laying scars in the bark on bankside trees; learn how to take part here. Adrian Parr, project manager, summaries the results…