What you can do
- Track down dragonflies as they emerge and fly before breeding.
- Net specimens to aid identification and appreciation of these incredible creatures.
- Become a “citizen scientist” and submit your records to the British Dragonfly Society’s DragonflyWatch – an easy to access and use recording facility which collects vital information about dragonfly distribution and abundance.
Where to do it
- Bogs, moorland, streams and upland rivers are prime habitat for dragonflies.
- This type of habitat is in abundance nearby the cottage and throughout the Island.
What we provide
- Catching net
- Magnifying glasses and hand held field lens
- ID Guides and books
Advice about the activity
- Dragonflies emerge from water in late spring and early summer with July and August the peak times for flying.
- Flying dragonflies are most easily caught if the net is swung following the dragonfly ie in the direction of flight.
- Perching dragonflies are best captured with an upward swing from behind.
Things to consider
- Observing emergence of dragonflies is an amazing experience although many species do so at night to minimise the risk of predation.
- Never attempt to capture newly emerged specimens as they are too delicate to withstand handling.
- Always return specimens alive where they were captured.