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

New volunteer opportunities in Shropshire

The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre has launched a campaign to recruit a willing band of volunteers to their brand-new volunteering opportunity, the Onny Meadows Group. The meadows are an incredibly important habitat for wildlife and have just been designated England’s first dragonfly hotspot by the British Dragonfly Society. They contain a wide variety of habitats … Continued

Saying goodbye to BDS Conservation Officer

Join us in wishing our Conservation Officer Genevieve Dalley a fond farewell at the BDS Annual Meeting and AGM in Newcastle in November. Find out more, and book your tickets here.  Genevieve joined the BDS 3 years ago and since that time she has been a continuous source of positive energy and new ideas, pushing the BDS in new directions, with exciting projects, … Continued

Wildlife Photographers needed

The BDS is looking to renovate its website, which will include developing the identification help section. We are looking to provide a streamlined, easy to use identification tool that provides key information on Dragonfly species. To achieve this we need your help!