The Dragonfly Challenge

© Victoria Hillman

Take up the challenge and join in with our new, nationwide citizen science survey!

 

Why We Need to Count our Dragonflies

The world of dragonflies is changing fast. As vital indicators of the health of our freshwaters, this has implications for the natural world as a whole. We must know more about dragonflies if we are to protect them and understand what they are indicating about the state of other wildlife. That is why we are challenging you to take action and join in with The Dragonfly Challenge!

 

How to Take Up the Challenge

We are asking you to pick one day during Dragonfly Week (15th-23rd July) and get out and about to count the dragonflies you see at your garden pond, local river or any other wetland. You don't need any prior experience of dragonfly watching; use our handy spotter’s sheets below to work out which species you see and then send your count results to us. You might also find our ID help page and Dragonfly App helpful. We can use your results to better understand the whereabouts and movements of our dragonflies. We also hope that taking part in the Challenge will help you to become more familiar with the dragonflies and damselflies around you, and grow to love them! If you have recorded all the species you saw on your visit (at least well enough to identify), then you can also tick the Complete List box on the return form. This allows us to use your data in robust trend analyses of dragonflies, data which can feed into our State of Dragonflies 2020.

Spotter's Sheet (click to download)

 Spread the Word

We would like as many people as possible to take up The Dragonfly Challenge. To help us spread the word, please let your friends, family and anyone else know all about it. To help you do this, we have provided The Dragonfly Challenge poster which you can print off and put up on your local community, church or school boards or hand out as fliers at events. We have also created a social media image which you are welcome to use to spread the word and let everyone know you have taken up the Challenge!

 

Poster Social Media Image

 

Online Form

Use this fillable PDF form to give us your Dragonfly Challenge results. Click on the image below to download the PDF, fill it in electronically and press the 'Submit Form' button or send it to: dragonflychallenge@british-dragonflies.org.uk

* The electronic form can also be filled out online on Internet Explorer. Simply click on the image below, fill out the form and click 'Submit Form'.