Press & Media Archive

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  • Agnieszka Dymek’s photo of a damselfly
    21st December 2011

    Agnieszka Dymek’s photo of a damselfly has won the bugs section of the Wildlife Extra UK Wildlife Photography Competition 2011.  This category was sponsored by the BDS and we send Agnieszka our congratulations.

  • How Hill
    29th November 2011

    The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads are the hotspot for the nation’s rarest wildlife –and that’s official.  A pioneering study commissioned by the Broads Authority and carried out by the University of East Anglia reveals that this small area, which makes up only 0.4% of the UK, is a haven for an incredible quarter of Britain’s rarest species.

  • Seale Hayne
    8th September 2011

    The 28th annual Members’ Day of the British Dragonfly Society will be held on 22nd October 2011 at the Old Refectory, Hannah’s at Seale-Hayne, Newton Abbot, Devon.  Join us for an interesting programme of talks and presentations.

  • 24th August 2011

    Chris Packham leads the cast for WildlifeXpo, London's new wildlife exhibition.  The BDS have booked a stand at the show to be held at Alexandra Palace, London on 14th and 15th October 2011.  This is the UK’s most comprehensive wildlife exhibition, providing an unrivalled combination of exhibitors, lectures and workshops.

  • Three deer glade by Mark Sims
    20th July 2011

    The UK has some of the world's best wildlife, but not enough people realise it.  To help promote the wildlife of the UK the BDS are sponsoring the Wildlife Extra photography competition.  Enter the competition for a chance to win a signed copy of Britain’s Dragonflies and a year’s BDS membership.

  • Gary Roberts
    13th June 2011

    British Dragonfly Society (BDS) has announced the appointment of its first Chief Executive, Gary Roberts.  BDS President, Dr Pam Taylor, said “This is a major step forward for our society and we hope the new appointment will help to raise awareness of dragonflies and their fragile wetland habitats at a time when climate change is really beginning to affect their distribution.”

  • Craft activity
    13th June 2011

    Dragonfly Day at Wicken Fen kicked off events for National Dragonfly Week. There were short guided walks, a Dragonfly Quiz Trail, games for the younger children and plenty of craft activities. Pond dipping produced lots of large and ferocious-looking diving beetle larvae, as well as damselfly and dragonfly larvae, water boatman, whirligig beetles and water mites.

  • Metamorphisis dargonfly sculpture
    3rd May 2011

    Metamorphosis is a dragonfly sculpture 7 feet 6 inches long with a  wingspan of 10 feet 8 inches, it  has been built in Canada by a group of artists.  The BDS first became aware of this project nearly a year ago and has followed it throughout.  The end result is a fantastic blend of the realistic and the artistic. We hope you agree.

  • Vagrant Emperor
    27th April 2011

    Fine weather brings desert dragonflies to Britain.  Large numbers of predatory invaders have been silently invading Europe … and some of these have reached Britain!  The invaders in question are brownish dragonflies known as Vagrant Emperors.

  • Dikerogammarus villosus
    25th March 2011

    A new invasive species is spreading in UK Water bodies.  An invasive shrimp species has reached the UK after spreading across Europe from the Ponto-Caspian region of Eastern Europe.  The shrimp Dikerogammarus villosus has been dubbed the ‘Killer Shrimp’ as it is a ferocious killer of waterlife including damselfly larvae.