Scarce Blue-tailed Damselflies breeding in Cheshire?

An immature female Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura pumilio) was recorded last month by David Bowman at Woolston Eyes Nature Reserve east of Warrington. Immature females of this species are easily identified by their bright orange coloration, referred to as the aurantiaca colour form. Mature adults of the same species are often overlooked due to their similar appearance…

Norfolk Hawkers in Shropshire

Shropshire County Dragonfly Recorder, Sue Rees Evans, has made the first sightings of Norfolk Hawker (Aeshna isoceles) in Shropshire. She recorded three in total at a private site on the Isle Estate: a male and a mating pair. This is well outside the species core range which has, until recently, been limited to the south-east…

Adopt a Site map now available

Due to a recent system overhaul by the BTO, the BDS Adopt a Site map has been down for a number of month. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you regularly survey a site (at least three times every year) you can now register it on the Adopt a Site map. This helps us…

Pond Ponderings – Pond Beginnings

By Sherri Eckworth A dream come true… This was very much my husband’s dream – Grahame had wanted a wildlife pond for so long and we were about to fill in a fishpond we’d inherited. So, November 2023 seemed like the right time to get ‘his’ pond underway. With a bit of help from a…

Pond Ponderings – Mass Emergence

With close to 100 dragonflies emerging from the pond this year, Les Carter in Suffolk tells us how the pond came to be! [Emerging dragonfly] We moved to our new home about fourteen years ago, and as soon as we saw the front garden we decided to create a wildlife garden with the primary features…

Meet the new BDS Scotland Conservation Officer

Jennifer Davidson has joined the BDS as a new full time BDS Scotland Conservation Officer and will be taking over from Andrea Hudspeth who will sadly be leaving us shortly. Jen introduces herself. . . “I have enjoyed over 20 years working in conservation, mainly as a Countryside Ranger in Fife, Tayside and Stirlingshire areas.…

Dragonfly volunteers needed at RSPB Conwy!

This year RSPB Conwy is being designated a Dragonfly Hotspot! We will be launching RSPB Conwy as a Dragonfly Hotspot on Saturday 13 July- join us for a day of guided walks, craft activities and pond dipping. Work is underway to create more dragonfly habitat on site and experienced volunteers are needed to monitor resident…

Calling on you MP to support a ban on urban pesticides

The dangers that pesticides pose to both human health and the environment are well known. The commonly used pesticide glyphosate is not only harmful to dragonflies and other insects, but larger animals too, including birds and amphibians. Research is also increasingly linking the chemical to Parkinson’s. Following a campaign by the Pesticide Collaboration, Caroline Lucas…

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…

Restore Nature Now march – 22/06/24

Nature is in crisis. Join the BDS in marching for wildlife on 22 June. We want to see UK politicians show strong domestic and global nature and climate leadership by: 1. Giving a pay-rise for nature 2. Making polluters pay 3. Delivering more space for nature 4. Putting a right to a healthy environment in…