This summer the British Dragonfly Society launched the White-legged Damselfly Investigation. The White-legged Damselfly is an elegant little insect that can be found breeding at lushly vegetated wetland sites (including ponds, pools and lakes, along with slow flowing rivers, streams and canals) in south-central England and south Wales, between May and August.

Concerns have been raised by our County Dragonfly Recorders that this species may be on the decline along many river systems within its range. Unfortunately, this species is historically under-recorded; thus, we are encouraging members of the public to learn how to identify this species and report their sightings. Over the next few years we will be carrying out further research, with the help of volunteers, to investigate under-recorded areas, the scale of the species decline, and potential causes.

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