Exuviae Specimens Needed Please!

Our friends at the Environment Agency Ecology Lab are in need of some dragonfly exuviae (cast off larval skins) specimens please. Do you happen to have any spare that you could send on to them? They would be grateful for any species but the ones they particularly need are listed below:   –        Aeshna mixta … Continued

New County Dragonfly Recorders for Gloucestershire, County Durham, Surrey & Middlesex

  We’re delighted to welcome recent recruits to the Recording Scheme as verifiers for the following Vice Counties: VC 33 – East Gloucestershire and VC 34 – West Gloucestershire – Richard Mundy Richard was recruited by Ingrid Twissell, our long-standing Gloucestershire resident and recorder who has retired from the role but helped us greatly by … Continued

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David Hepper

County Dragonfly Recorder Bill Budd passes away

The British Dragonfly Society team was deeply saddened to learn of the recent passing of Bill Budd. Bill was a quietly passionate naturalist who supported the BDS as the County Dragonfly Recorder for Surrey and volunteered at the Natural History Museum (NHM). Earlier this year, an article in the journal Zootaxa announced that a newly … Continued

Autumn Meeting Speaker Focus

  Autumn Meeting Speakers Focus   Dave Smallshire – Europe’s Dragonflies. Dave is an eminent author, tour leader, County Dragonfly Recorder for Devon and long term member of our Dragonfly Conservation Group. He will share his wealth of experience with us, focused around the process of creating his latest book ‘Europe’s Dragonflies’.       … Continued

We Are Now on YouTube!

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Natural History Museum to be transformed

On 28 October 2020 the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea gave the all clear to The Urban Nature Project, which will see the Natural History Museum’s 5 acres of outdoor space transformed into a public green space showcasing the wonders and value of urban wildlife. The site will feature a range of habitats, from … Continued

Thursley National Nature Reserve Support Fund

The Elstead and Thursley Parish Councils have jumped to the aid of Thursley Nature Reserve by launching a GoFundMe page to help support relief work after a fire ravaged the site in May 2020. Thursley was designated a Dragonfly Hotspot by the BDS in 2019 in recognition of the site’s value both as a home … Continued

Langholm Moor community buyout successful

The Langholm Initiative community group has successfully raised over £3.8m to buy more than 5,000 acres of Langholm Moor, in southern Scotland, from Buccleuch. Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham described the news as “a momentous moment for land reform in Scotland.” The Project has received widespread support within the conservation sector, and financial backing from Scottish … Continued

Launch of the LIFE Dee River project

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has launched £6.8 million project to restore the River Dee and the surrounding landscape, for the benefit of both people and wildlife. While the project will aim to support the entire river ecosystem by tackling environmental issues, such as pollution, it will also target the river’s most vulnerable inhabitants, including salmon, … Continued