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The British Dragonfly Society
What does the BDS do?
We undertake and support research on dragonflies, aiming to conserve these insects and engage the public.
How do volunteers get involved?
They can contribute to local recording events, citizen science projects such as our Clubtail Count, outreach work or writing. We also run work parties on sites designated as dragonfly hotspots. These are usually muddy and wet, but fun.
How does the recording work?
Our recording scheme, DragonflyWatch, is a ‘ladder’ through which volunteers can develop their skills, starting with ad hoc sightings and leading up to, for example, exuvial surveys at priority sites. All data is vital, as distributions are changing at an unprecedented rate. Data will also be used in the State of Dragonflies 2020.
What’s an example of a project that has helped dragonflies?
We’ve been working on the Glen Affric Peatland Restoration Project for the past few years. The site is home to rare species such as the white-faced darter and northern emerald. Previous management practices caused damage here, which we and others are now working to rectify with vital support from volunteers.
When are you busiest?
Spring and summer, when we are preparing for the new season. In winter we collate and analyse records, plan future projects and develop educational material. We also run winter surveys looking for larvae, and organise work parties to restore wetland habitats.