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

NEW Garden Dragonflies Summer Video Guides

We’ve teamed up with super talented video editor and self-confessed ‘dragonfly obsessed’ Laura from the Wildlife Garden Project to make another set of video guides. Earlier in the year, we worked together to produce a guide to garden dragonflies in the spring and now we’ve followed this up with a summer version. Our video guides … Continued

Exbury Gardens Recognised With Dragonfly Hotspot Status

Call for more garden wildlife ponds as Exbury Gardens recognised with ‘Dragonfly Hotspot’ status Exbury Gardens in the New Forest has joined an important national network of wildlife hotspots for dragonflies, and will now be encouraging visitors to attract the insects into their own back gardens. The south coast visitor attraction has been designated a … Continued

Gift Wild collection supports the BDS

Gift Wild is an eco-friendly cards and gifts online shop that also supports conservation. A percentage of the profits from their beautiful wildlife-inspired collections, from cushions to tote bags, goes towards wildlife charities. Their new dragonfly collection, designed by Penny Smallshire, will raise donations for the BDS. Visit the shop here Thank you Gift Wild … Continued

Attract Dragonflies to your Garden

Learn all about the BDS’s latest partnership Hotspot site, Exbury Gardens, and how your garden can also become a dragonfly-utopia! HOW TO ATTRACT BEAUTIFUL DRAGONFLIES TO YOUR GARDEN – article by the Independent   Migrant Hawker image by Trevor Willis

UK Wildlife Podcast Dragonfly Takeover

Did you know that there is an excellent podcast all about UK wildlife? One half of the Podcast duo is our Essex County Dragonfly Recorder, Neil Phillips, so dragonflies get their fair share of airtime. In the latest episode, Neil invited two of our team members on to chat all things dragonfly as it was … Continued

#PondWatch Is This Weekend!

  PondWatch was born in the first lockdown of 2020 as a way of bringing the magic of ponds to those who could not visit one. It was so well received that it has now become an annual celebration of all things pond and happens on the second weekend in June.   This year PondWatch … Continued