The White-legged Damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes) is a delicate little insect that can be found fluttering along lushly vegetated margins of rivers, streams, pools and lakes in southern England and Wales. In recent years there have been increasing concerns that this elegant species is disappearing from some parts of the UK. However, our understanding of White-legged Damselfly population trends is limited by a lack of long term data. As a result, the British Dragonfly Society (BDS) has launched the White-legged Damselfly Investigation.
- Train volunteer recorders to identify and monitor White-legged Damselfly.
- Encourage the recording of White-legged Damselflies in under-recorded areas.
- Establish the distribution and population trends of White-legged Damselfly through long term monitoring.
- Use collated datasets to assess the need for conservation action, regarding White-legged Damselfly and their habitat
Project so far
The BDS has been working with its County Dragonfly Recorders to identify key areas where White-legged Damselflies are under-recorder or potentially declining, or both. It wants volunteers to visit these areas of the summer of 2019 to establish if White-legged Damselflies are still present in historic sites and to check for their presence in under recorded areas.
Where are the surveys taking place?
Surveys can take part anywhere within the species’ range. However, the BDS is particularly interested in surveying within counties where existing data suggests the species might be declining, or where the species is under recorded.
Click on the priority county to view priority sites for surveying:
View the distribution of Platycnemis pennipes as shown on the NBN Atlas
Find out more about the white-legged damselfly including identification help.