Dragonflies are bucking the trend of declining insect species in Britain and Ireland, an analysis of records from the past 50 years has shown.
Population trends produced by researchers at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) found that 41 per cent of dragonfly and damselfly species increased their distribution over this period, while 11 per cent declined.
The analysis, carried out for a new report by the British Dragonfly Society, was based on more than 1.4 million records submitted by 17,000 people between 1970 and 2019. MORE
Header image: The Emperor Dragonfly has shown the largest increase in range of the species assessed. Credit: Dave Smallshire.