New BDS in Wales Web Page!

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.

The site is made of five sections, these are:

- Good places to see Dragonflies in Wales
- Species found in Wales 
- Dragonfly Breeding Habitats and their Species
- Recording Dragonflies and Submitting Records
- Conservation Projects in Wales

The 5 sections are described in more detail below.

Good places to see Dragonflies in Wales

This page has information about 40 sites to visit around Wales to see dragonflies.  The sites are plotted on a map so that you can plan your visit. Sites are grouped by area so that information for an area you are planning to visit is readily accessible.   Information on each site includes directions to the location, facilities and a downloadable list of species that have occurred there.

Species found in Wales

This has photos and information about the 37 species, including 6 migrants, that have been seen in Wales.  The page is arranged in taxonomic order.  To see a large photo of a species, click on the thumbnail.  To find out more about a species, click on the species name and you will be taken to the species information page.  Each species is given its scientific, English and Welsh names.


BDS in Wales homepage

BDS Conservation Projects in Wales

This page contains details about all of the Southern Damselfly projects that have been carried out over the past four years.  Most of the information on this page is available in Welsh courtesy of our Environment Wales grant that funded some of this work. Our aim is provide the other parts of the site in Welsh when funding permits.  The information explains why conservation of Southern Damselfly is important as well as providing details about each of the projects that we have carried out to improve and create habitat for this species.

Dragonfly Breeding Habitats and associated Species

There are six key breeding habitats for dragonflies in Wales.  These are especially important as a dragonfly will spend between 4 months and 7 years underwater in its larval form.  The average time spent underwater as a larva is 2 years, so it is vital that breeding habitats are conserved.  If you click on the photo of the habitat, a list of species that you could expect to see in that habitat appears.

Recording and Submitting Records

It is important for us to know where dragonflies are to prioritise our conservation work.  You can help us by submitting records of your sightings.  These pages give more information about recording and also take you to our online recording facility.

The 'BDS in Wales' page can be found under the projects tab of our website or by clicking on the link below: