Dragonflies are suffering through losses of their wetland habitats. We are working hard with other conservation organisations and landowners to improve, develop and manage habitat for dragonflies. For examples of our work on dragonfly habitat conservation, see our Southern Damselfly Restoration Work in the Preseli Hills and the Glen Affric Peatland Restoration Project. Our Dragonfly Hotspots Project in Scotland is another way in which we are working to protect and enhance dragonfly habitat. Each Hotspot is a site which holds good numbers of dragonflies, or breeding populations of impotrant species. We work closely with the landowners of these sites, and with volunteers, to both improve management of the dragonfly habitat and increase interactions between draognflies and the public. We achieve this through producing management plans for certain habitats on Hotspots, running work parties during which volunteers carry out practical tasks which greatly improve habitats, and through running dragonfly identification workshops and other events on the sites. You can find a full list of our current hotspots here. We have also produced a guide for landowners wishing to help dragonflies through management of their habitat, Managing Habitats for Dragonflies plus numerous habitat management factsheets for the more vulnerable species, which can be found on the individual species profile pages.
A key aspect of dragonfly habitat conservation is researching the habitat requirements of dragonflies. Despite being one of the most ancient groups of insects, relatively little is known about dragonflies and what they need. The complex lifecycle of a dragonfly, with both an aquatic and terrestrial life stage, further increases the complications of understanding what species need. For examples of research questions relating to dragonfly habitat requirements, visit Student Project Ideas.
Create Your Own Dragonfly Habitat
You can help stem the loss of dragonfly habitat by creating your own and one of the easiast and best ways to do this is to dig a garden pond. To help people dig the perfect pond for dragonflies, we have produced A Brief Guide to Garden Ponds for Dragonflies, Dig a Pond For Dragonflies and Managing Your Pond Through the Seasons. And to help you identify the dragonflies when the appear in your garden, visit our ID Help Guide. You should note that these guides are biased towards the United Kingdom but with adaptation should be useful elsewhere.