Meet Cephalozygoptera! The newly described, and sadly extinct, Odonata suborder

Researchers from Simon Fraser University, Canada, announced the classification of a new suborder of extinct Odonata after conducting an extensive review of fossil specimens and scientific papers dating back as far as 162 years. Within the historic studies they found descriptions of specimens that matched fossils collected from British Columbia and Washington State. On first … Continued

Top Hertfordshire Dragonfly Site Criminally Destroyed

Police and the Environment Agency are currently investigating the destruction of two protected ponds at Smallford Pits Local Wildlife Site near Saint Albans. Local residents were left aghast after discovering that the ponds at their treasured wildlife hotspot had been polluted, with either diesel or petrol, in December 2020. Earlier in September, of the same … Continued

Support the BDS while you shop on Amazon

Stock up on good karma while you shop with Amazon Smile. Select the British Dragonfly Society as your chosen charity and Amazon will donate a small percentage of your purchase to us! Competing for funding during the Covid pandemic has been tougher than ever so we’re grateful for every penny donated to help us continue … Continued

Download “Dragonflies in Devon” by Dave Smallshire

Dave Smallshire, veteran County Dragonfly Recorder for Devon, has released a guide to the county’s Dragonflies, which you can download here, or from the Devon BDS page. The publication provides and in depth account of the county’s species as well as the history of dragonfly recording in Devon.   Image by Richard Munckton

PhD opportunity studying Irish Damselfly at Belfast University

QUADRAT studentship UK and all international students are eligible Deadline: 18/01/2021   Main objectives of the project: 1) To determine the phylogenetic relationship of the Irish Damselfly to the other populations across Europe; 2) To investigate the species population genetics (connectivity, effective population size, levels of inbreeding, etc.) within Ireland; 3) To develop integrative models … Continued

‘Ecological vandalism’ on the River Lugg

A mile of the River Lugg, near Kingsland, has been illegal bulldozed and straightened while the surrounding trees have been cut down. The River Lugg is designated a SSSI, site of special scientific interest, due to its high ecological value. The river support numerous species of dragonfly, as well as protected species such as Otter. … Continued