Guests staying at Springbank Cottage, our self catering holiday let in Elgol, can use resources for dragonfly monitoring.
Will I see dragonflies on Skye?
There are several quite common species seen in the spring and summer months. By visiting the best places you have a good chance of seeing the less common types.
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.
- Submit your records to the British Dragonfly Society’s DragonflyWatch. This is an easy to access and use recording facility which collects vital information about dragonfly distribution and become a “citizen scientist”.
Where to do it
- Bogs, moorland, streams and upland rivers are prime habitat for dragonflies.
- There is plenty of this habitat near 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.
- July and August the peak times for flying.
- Catch flying dragonflies by swinging the net in the direction of flight.
- Catch perching dragonflies with an upward swing from behind.
Things to consider
- Some species emerge at night to minimise 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.
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