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Damselflies and Dragonflies

There are some 5,500 known species of dragonfly and damselfly, but only 40-45 are known to breed in the UK, and another 20 or so are seen from time to time. Most damselflies and dragonflies lay eggs under water which hatch after a couple fo weeks. They then spend two years (Occasionally 1-3 years and a few just a few months or as many as 5 years) living as nymphs under water before emerging as adult specimens. Most adults live for just 2-3 weeks, though some survive for 6-8 weeks.

British Dragonfly Society
Founded in 1983 (celebrating 25 years this year), the British Dragonfly Society (BDS) is a Registered Charity, number 800196. Its aim is to encourage and support the study and conservation of dragonflies in the UK and further afield. Read more about the work of the British Dragonfly Society


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Posted by: jasmin12 | 18 Jan 2017 17:22:52

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Damselselfies and dragonflies have been a topic of research for as long as one can remember because of them being unusual species. These creatures re known for being different than other creatures that exist which makes them interesting. They are a very interesting subject to talk about and thus should be a part of discussions as much as possible.

Posted by: alikhan_095 | 16 Jan 2017 09:56:18

I was delighted to learn that otters are returning to our region and should be interested to know more about the restoration of waterways to the condition where wildlife can survive and thrive.How is pollution from industry close to rivers monitored for example ?
My reason for asking is that I am one of many who are opposing the proposal to construct a huge incinerator at Lostock near Northwich (close to rivers Weaver and Dane ), which I believe would have a detrimental effect on both human life and wildlife ,adding to contamination from existing industry in the area.
A public inquiry is to be held in october , to determine the outcome of this application ,but in the meantime ,I should appreciate any views you might have ,on behalf of wildlife.
Many thanks ,
H. Hooley

Posted by: Helen Hooley | 21 Aug 2011 17:11:27


Otters have been in south lakeland many years, I used to watch a family of them on the river Winster while fishing.
The Winster had a stone bridge just above "tubhole", By the convent ,the otters had there home in the foundations of this bridge with the entrance underwater. Last time I visited the bridge had fallen down and replaced with a steel one with no sign of the otters, they are nice but do much damage to fish stocks and obviously structures like this.

Posted by: john marsh | 29 May 2011 09:35:43

otters in garden


Have you ever had otters in your garden before? I would personally be thrilled to have such wonderful and elusive creatures in my garden. However I can understand your frustration at their habit of feeding on your ornamental fish and destroying your pond.

Otters generally have a large home-range, dog otters will have a range that includes sections of river, ponds and land up to 50km whilst bitch otters will generally have a smaller range and may stay closer to water. An otter with cubs will often stay in an area with a readily available food source - such as your pond - until that food source is exhausted and then they will move on.

Have you thought about placing fencing around the pond? - a small electric fence may be worth thinking about or you can get specific otter fencing which I believe is a bit more expensive but could be worth thinking about as an investment.

If this is the first time you have experienced otters in your garden it could be taken as an encouraging sign that they are making a good comeback since nearly dying out in the 1970's due to the use of pesticides. A lot of work as gone into helping the otter to increase in numbers including making it a fully protected species.

It may also be worth considering what sort of ecological state the local river is in as this would usually be the otters main source of food, if it is in a bad state then it would encourage the otters to start to search for other food sources and I am afraid to say that fish in a pond would seem like an easy target.

Warm Wishes

Posted by: Bridget Harvey | 06 Feb 2010 16:26:35

Otters in my garden in Kendal Cumbria

Angie at Cheshire Wildlife Trust on 01270 610180

Hi Angie

We desperately want help please. Our newly relined pond, restocked with fish and plants; and soon to be home to many frogs has been visited by an otter, or otters, at least 5 times within the last month....and the pond has been "vandalized" (fish eaten, plants and stones overturned). The "poo" of the otter has been professionally identified.

The River Kent is 2 miles from our home (lower down the hill).

Our local Wildlife adviser has suggested that we do not restock our beautiful pond with fish for 18 months...however we are concerned about the conservation of frogs during Springtime 2010 that may be food for otter(s).

We believe that the otter(s) is(are) living very close to our pond. Although currently a pest within our garden - we do respect all wildlife and would value the opinion of an expert.

Yours sincerely (Catherine Magrath on behalf of my Dad) Stephen

Posted by: Catherine Magrath | 04 Dec 2009 20:16:41

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