Dorset Wildlife Trust is celebrating one of the world’s most beautiful and prehistoric insects by working together with a newly formed local group, Dorset Dragonflies. These ancient insects may be found worldwide, but Dorset is home to some very rare species, as well as habitat hotspots for this spectacular aerial predator.
Dorset is especially good for the black darter and small red damselfly, which thrive on the county’s rare heathland habitats
There are 25 species of dragonfly and 17 species of damselfly resident in the UK, as well as seasonal migrants. Many are easily recognisable such as emperor dragonfly, the UK’s largest. The often over looked dainty damselflies showcase some of nature’s most dazzling colours, such as the azure damselfly and the emerald damselfly. Dorset is especially good for the black darter and small red damselfly, which thrive on the county’s rare heathland habitats.
Dorset Dragonflies have now launched a brand new website, which aims to get even the most novice nature lovers reporting their sightings and sending their photos, as well as helping visitors to identify all of the Dorset species.
"the group and new website are not just for specialists, I want as many people as possible to get involved"
Andrew Brown, Dorset Dragonflies co-ordinator said “When I became the dragonfly recorder for Dorset I made it an aim to encourage more people to get involved in recording or just looking at dragonflies, so I started to form a local group. But the group and new website are not just for specialists, I want as many people as possible to get involved, to get out in the countryside, enjoy our events and courses, and really start looking at the dragonflies they find! Also by using Facebook and Twitter we hope to encourage everyone to send us their photos, stories and recordings.”
Dorset Dragonflies’ new website can be found at www.dorsetdragonflies.org.uk and they can also be followed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dorsetdragonflies and Twitter at www.twitter.com/dorsetdragonfly .
Dorset Wildlife Trust is hosting a day course on dragonflies & damselflies at their Kingcombe Centre on Saturday June 23rd 10am till 4pm, run by Andrew Brown from Dorset Dragonflies. The course is £45 and includes lunch and refreshments. For more information, visit www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/dragonflyday or call The Kingcombe Centre on 01300 320684.
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