Clubtail Count

You can now view the full report of the 2018 Clubtail Count results. Thank you to all the volunteers who dedicated their weekends to scour their local rivers for emerging Common Clubtail Dragonflies. The Clubtail Count project will run for its 3rd year this summer (May-July) and will again be focusing on the following Rivers: Dee, Severn, … Continued

Global collapse of insect populations

The Guardian has covered on a new data study reporting that global insect total mass declines by a staggering 2.5% a year. The study also claims that 40% of insect species are declining, and a third are categorised as endangered. All ecosystems rely on insects, the most diverse and abundant group of animals on the … Continued

A big thank you to our Fundraising Officer

We are sad to announce that our Fundraising Officer Sarah Miller has left the BDS after two years in her role. During that time she did an amazing job of gaining numerous grants for the BDS allowing us to expand our operations, including hiring a Conservation Outreach Officer and starting new projects like the England … Continued

Willow Emerald Watch Update

Thanks to the efforts of our volunteer dragonfly recorders, we have been able to closely following the spread and colonisation of the Willow Emerald Damselfly since those first mass sightings in 2009. The 2018 dragonfly season saw many important new records of the Willow Emerald Damselfly, and there was a clear consolidation of populations near the … Continued

BDS Spring Meeting

Join the BDS for a full day of dragonfly talks at Knutsford Methodist Church in Knutsford, Cheshire, on 30th March 2019!   Guest speakers include. . .   The Butterfly Brothers, Hazelwood Landscapes With their multiple Birdfair awards (including Commercial First 2019) this family team are experts in making gardens havens for wildlife. Watch them talking with dragonfly guru Ruary Mackenzie Dodds, and subscribe … Continued

The Impact of Heatwaves

New research from the University of East Anglia provides insight into how climate change is impacting insect populations. The research team exposed Red Flour Beetles (Tribolium castaneum) to simulated heatwave conditions, in a lab, to explore the impact on male reproduction. While female fertility was unaffected, heatwaves halved the amount of offspring males could produce, and a second … Continued

Water Soldier

The floating Water Soldier plant, with its characteristic spiky leaves and white flowers, naturally grows in the fens and broads of Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. However, its popularity as a garden pond plant has resulted in its introduction and spread outside of its original native range. In this short document we discuss the ecological benefits of Water Soldier, as … Continued