New funding: breathing life into Scotland's Dragonflies

The British Dragonfly Society is celebrating after receiving £10,000 funding for our work in Scotland from HDH Wills Charitable Trust.

Our work in Scotland is growing from strength to strength, conserving some of the most remote and beautiful habitats and connecting people with their local dragonflies. Our Scottish Officer, Daniele Muir, and the team of Area Coordinators run guided walks and talks, volunteer days, projects, such as the Glen Affric Peatland Restoration Project, and studies of rare species, such as the Azure Hawker and Northern Damselfly. In 2016 we also designated two new Dragonfly Hotspots, one at Flanders Moss near Stirling and also Caerlaverock Wetland Centre near Dumfries, bringing our total list of Hotspots to ten.  This much needed boost in our funding from HDH Wills Charitable Trust will allow us to continue with our Scottish work, reaching even more people across Scotland and protecting and enhancing more precious and vulnerable habitat.

Daniele Muir says: “I am really pleased that the BDS’s work in Scotland will be supported by HDH Wills. We are really excited about the year ahead and the opportunities this funding will provide us with. The grant will enable me to cover a wider geographical area with the new outreach programme, help to enthuse more people about dragonflies and also to establish two new Dragonfly Hotspots that we can use as a focus for community engagement, volunteer days and training courses.”

If you would like more information about our work protecting dragonflies in Scotland or would like to find out about volunteering opportunities, visit the BDS Scotland pages.

The HDH Wills 1965 Charitable Trust was founded by Sir David Wills (1917-1999) and provides generous support to general, environmental and wildlife charities. The Trust provides funds for the monthly general charitable grants. The Martin Wills Fund is a subsidiary charity of The HDH Wills 1965 Charitable Trust and provides funds for the larger grants.

Image far right: Bog Squad (Glen Affric Peatland Restoration Project) volunteer by Colin Hall; bottom left: Northern Emerald by Christophe Brochard 

 

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