With their large elongated bodies, dragonflies are one of the animals commonly associated with ponds. These predatory insects have an aquatic larval stage before emerging as the often colourful insects that we all know. However, despite the speed and agility with which adult dragonflies move, many can be identified and recorded in the field.
On this course you will be:
• introduced to dragonfly ecology
• shown how observe these fast-flying insects in the field
• practice identification techniques and know where to get ID support
• introduced to submitting dragonfly records and the British Dragonfly Society
There will be classroom sessions and practice at identifying dragonflies in the field. We will look for live dragonflies around the ponds on site and bring them back into the classroom for a closer look, before releasing them again.
There are several ways to report a Dragonfly sighting.
Report a casual sighting or visit to a site, for the benefit of others who might wish to know what’s flying at the moment. These sightings are not vetted and are not automatically treated as scientific records.