Many people recorded in their own garden ponds whereas others went out into the wider countryside. Moorland and heathland species such as Black Darter, Keeled Skimmer and Common Hawker were each recorded at a handful of places, while 10% of sites held Golden-ringed Dragonflies.
|"We had a large pond dug at the end of February 2017 and are very excited with the wildlife which is already visiting or taking up residence." - Margaret, Suffolk|
River species also featured with one person lucky (or eagle-eyed) enough to find White-legged Damselfly. Several other participants in our Dragonfly Challenge saw either Banded or Beautiful Demoiselles, and one fortunate observer apparently had both demoiselle species on the large site he recorded along the River Thames.
Red-eyed and Small Red-eyed Damselflies are usually found at lakes or along larger rivers, if floating vegetation such as water lilies is present. Both species were recorded at a few sites during this survey.
|"As the children are very small we only completed the survey for 1 hour but we saw two dragonflies and 5 damselflies. ... Now very inspired to try and install a small pond in our garden." - Ben, London|
Our list of 25 species is completed by Black-tailed Skimmer (13% of all sites), Four-spotted Chaser (13%) and Ruddy Darter (3%). Small Red Damselfly was recorded at just one location, reflecting its national scarcity.
Our sincere thanks go to all the participants that rose to this year’s Challenge! Several people had trouble with the PDF form, for which we apologise. We'll change the technology next year to make it easier to report sightings from any device.
We encourage you to take your dragonfly-spotting to the next level and become a Dragonfly Recorder. This feeds the BDS Recording Scheme with valuable scientific records.Pam Taylor & David Hepper