Dragonfly Monitoring

pools and hills

Boggy pools – prime dragonfly habitat

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
  • Containers
  • 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.

Golden ringed dragonfly – British Dragonfly Society