Dragonflies are a popular order of insects amongst birdwatchers. They occur at many birding sites, are relatively conspicuous and can usually be identified fairly easily after a little practice. With so many birdwatchers already noting dragonflies, it is important that we capture this information for conservation. 2012 is also the final year of the National Dragonfly Atlas, so it’s doubly important to gather as many dragonfly records as possible.
This new route into the Dragonfly Recording Network will allow birdwatchers to enter dragonfly records at the same time as their bird observations. The wonders of technology will then forward these dragonfly records direct to the BDS. This partnership scheme between BDS and BirdTrack is not a substitute for the BDS recording systems already in place, but rather a way to capture records we would otherwise miss. It is therefore important to stress that dragonfly records need only be entered into one system, not both. Current dragonfly recorders should continue sending records to their Vice-County Recorder in the same way as before, but for birdwatchers that have not sent in dragonfly records before, BirdTrack just might be the answer.
To find out more about BirdTrack visit http://www.birdtrack.net