Site Monitoring is the top rung of the DragonflyWatch recording ladder. Performing Dragonfly surveys provides insights into the health and diversity of the dragonfly populations living within your site, whether that’s a nature reserve or a garden pond.
The more detailed the records you collect the better your understanding of the populations and how they utilise your site becomes. By carrying out these regular Site Monitoring surveys over subsequent years you can compare how populations change in correlation with habitat and other environmental factors. This, in turn, helps you to discern how populations react to habitat management activities, which you can then adapt to meet the needs of dragonfly species on site.
Please note important information about your site, such as access and route information, on the site form. This will help ensure you survey the site in a similar manner during each visit, producing standardised results. This information will also be useful to future recorders who wish to monitor your site.
Monitoring Dragonfly Habitat
While some dragonflies can be found in a wide variety of wetland habitats, others species are more specific. Monitoring biological and environmental factors, such as vegetation structure and water quality, can help you understand the distribution of different Dragonfly species within your site, and design your habitat management plan around them.
To determine whether your site is of local and national importance you will need to perform a Priority Site Assessment. Please refer to our Priority Site Assessment web page for guidance.