Good bye Birdfair

The BDS team was saddened to hear that Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust (LRWT) will no longer run the annual Birdfair staged at Rutland Water Nature Reserve. This is due to financial strains the charity is currently facing, which is partly the result of the pandemic. The event has run for over 30 years and … Continued

Study shows neonicotinoid water pollution drives decline in dragonfly emergence

While the impacts of neonicotinoids on pollinators have been widely publicised and condemned, evidence is growing that these agricultural chemicals are having similar consequences for aquatic invertebrates. In a recent study by the University of California, aquatic insect larvae populations were grown in outdoor pools and exposed to different levels of thiacloprid (insecticide) pollution. As … Continued

Willow Emerald Watch Project Report 2021

Thank you to everyone who submitted Willow Emerald Damselfly sightings. Here are the results of your hard work. . . Once again, Willow Emeralds had a good year, with numerous records from both traditional and new areas; 496 records have currently appeared on iRecord (as of 7/10/21), with many more likely to be submitted by … Continued

Autumn Meeting Booking Now Open!

Autumn Meeting booking is now open We warmly invite all dragonfly fans to join us for a day of fascinating talks about our rarer species and their conservation. Our meeting will take place online on Saturday 27th November from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm (with plenty of breaks and chances to chat). As always our … Continued

High levels of medical drugs, harmful to invertebrates, present in British rivers

A study by Buglife, published on 26 September 2021, found widespread contamination from pharmaceutical products in UK waterways. Medical drugs enter river systems through various routes including output from water treatment facilities, runoff from agricultural land, and discharge from septic tanks. Anti-Inflammatories, Ibuprofen and Diclofenac, were found in 84% and 34% of the study’s samples … Continued

State of Dragonflies 2021 report press release

More dragonflies are gaining than losing from climate change, but is this good news?   The full report can be accessed here. The State of Dragonflies in Britain and Ireland 2021 report, just published online by the British Dragonfly Society (BDS), shows that dragonflies are bucking the trend of declining species in Britain and Ireland. … Continued