The Beauty in the Beast is a new book by Hugh Warwick. It is a portrait of some of the UK’s best-loved wild animals and birds and the enthusiasts who champion their cause. The book features Ingrid Twissell, the Gloucestershire VCR who spent a day with Hugh teaching him about dragonflies.
A beautiful but endangered damselfly is being helped thanks to habitat work funded by Environment Wales. This exciting partnership between the British Dragonfly Society (BDS), Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority (PCNPA) and Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) has created valuable new habitat for the rare Southern Damselfly.
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.
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.
Dainty Damselflies have been found in Britain after a 57 year absence. This delicate blue damselfly had been declared extinct after floods wiped out the last remaining populations in 1953.
Cumbria Wildlife Trust is reintroducing the rare White-faced Darter dragonfly onto a lowland raised bog in north Cumbria. This is the first attempt to reintroduce the White-faced Darter dragonfly anywhere in the UK.