County Dragonfly Recorders

A County Dragonfly Recorder (CDR) is a skilled volunteer who oversees the collation, validation and verification of records for their chosen area or Vice-County, hence his or her former name Vice-County Recorder (VCR). As all records need to be verified, those entered online are sent automatically to the appropriate CDR for checking. A small number of specialist CDRs may handle more than one vice-county or verify rare migrant dragonfly sightings across the whole country. This policy document explains the role of the CDR.

Anyone who submits records is known as a Field Recorder. Together, the CDRs and Field Recorders make up the the BDS Recording Scheme. The scheme was formerly known as the Dragonfly Recording Network (DRN) but the Society decided in 2016 that this caused unnecessary confusion.

The Society encourages as many people as possible to become a Field Recorder. With the availability of high-quality field guides, online identification help and smartphone-friendly apps for noting your sightings recording has never been easier.

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