Do you know the difference between a dragonfly and a damselfly? If you do then you know more than most people! However, can you identify these two damselflies, which while they look very similar are different species?
In 2019, 17 species of Odonata (dragons and damsels) were recorded in the DWT region out of a possible 22 – 24. This year, DWT trustee Michael Coates and a group of eagle eyed spotters intend to smash that record. If you fancy helping out or if you simply would like to know how to identify these iconic creatures, then you are invited to attend a talk and walk at Rainton Meadows. You will be given a 90 minute training and an ID guide. Then, weather permitting, you will head off with Michael to see the many great ponds at Rainton where dragon and damselflies are known to live. Advice will be given on spotting and photographing them. If like most of those who attended last year you “get the bug”, then you will be invited to submit any of your subsequent sightings via an easy to use app.
In addition you will be shown “exuvia” the exoskeleton that nymphs leave behind when they emerge as dragonflies. Spotting these is very tricky but is essential for surveying successful breeding.
If you would like to know more about what was seen last year, download the DWT 2019 dragonfly survey report.
Numbers need to be limited for this event, so please do book online and also please inform us if you later find you cannot attend. Bring binoculars and wear walking boots.
Photos: Joes Finlay at Rainton Meadows 2019.
* the talk will take place in the Attenborough room on the first floor of Rainton Meadows visitor centre