Working to conserve dragonflies and their wetland habitats

Grants

Introduction to Grants

To encourage the study of dragonflies by all ages the British Dragonfly Society has two award schemes:

Two of the awards are aimed at individuals who are engaged in, or wish to establish, a small odonatological research project. The Philip Corbet Award Fund is aimed at young people (anyone up to the age of 25 may apply) and the Norman Moore Award Fund gives support for people over the age of 25. 

Philip Corbet Award Fund

Applications are invited from young odonatists for grants from the Philip Corbet Award Fund. This fund was established from donations to the BDS and named in recognition of Philip's contribution to the Society and odonate biology. Grants of up to £250 are available for each year.

The purpose of the fund is to provide some financial support for young people (anyone up to the age of 25 may apply) who are engaged in, or wish to establish, a small odonatological research project. The potential research topics are wide-ranging and could involve almost anything that may further our biological or ecological knowledge, or support the conservation of British dragonflies. Grants will not normally be awarded for projects outside the UK. Two previous awards aided the investigation of relationships between ditch vegetation and invertebrates, particularly larval Hawker dragonflies, at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB Reserve. The area of study was chosen with particular reference to the Norfolk Hawker and its possible connection with Water Soldier plants. The potential predation of Hawker larvae by some water beetles was also looked at.

On another occasion the Philip Corbet Award was used to support the monitoring of White-faced Darter in Cheshire where the tiny populations had been declining and have since disappeared. The environmental reasons for this decline required investigation and the project made several suggestions for management changes to favour the species concerned. There is no application form. Applicants should submit a typed application giving a brief outline of the aim/s of the project and likely outcomes. This should include details of the date and location of the proposed project and the expenses for which the grant is requested. Successful applicants will be required to liaise closely with the Convenor of the Dragonfly Conservation Group and to produce two copies of a project report by an agreed date. A summary of the report may be requested for publication in the BDS Journal or Newsletter.

Initial enquiries and requests for further details should be directed to the Convenor of Dragonfly Conservation Group (DCG).

Norman Moore Award Fund

Applications are also invited from odonatists for grants from the Norman Moore Award Fund. This fund was established by the BDS in 2003 and named in recognition of Norman's contribution to the Society and in particular to the conservation of dragonflies by the establishment of the Dragonfly Conservation Group. He was a founder member of the DCG and its first Convenor.

Grants of up to £250 are available for each year. The purpose of the fund is to provide some financial support for people over the age of 25 who are engaged in, or wish to establish, a small odonatological research project. The award mirrors the Philip Corbet Award for young odonatists and may involve biological, ecological, conservation or recording studies of British dragonflies. Grants will not normally be awarded for projects outside the UK.

There is no application form. Applicants should submit a typed application giving a brief outline of the aim/s of the project and likely outcomes. This should include details of the date and location of the proposed project and the expenses for which the grant is requested. Successful applicants will be required to liaise closely with the Convenor of the Dragonfly Conservation Group and to produce two copies of a project report by an agreed date. A summary of the report may be requested for publication in the BDS Journal or Newsletter.

Initial enquiries and requests for further details should be directed to the Convenor of Dragonfly Conservation Group (DCG).