Tag Archives: Odonata

Willow Emerald damselfly colonisation of Bexley takes a leap forward

The Willow Emerald damselfly (Chalcolestes viridis), a recent natural colonist of the UK, was first found in Bexley in September 2016. Now into its second known flight season here, it has been found at three more sites in the Borough … Continue reading

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Dragonfly and damselfly survey events in Bexley – no previous experience needed to get involved!

As part of its Water for Wildlife programme, London Wildlife Trust is surveying a number of sites from July into September 2017 to record Dragonfly and Damselfly species and numbers . No particular prior knowledge is required to join in. … Continue reading

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Free training available for Dragonfly and Damselfly survey volunteers

The London Wildlife Trust is offering a free Dragonfly and Damselfly identification and ecology workshop at Thamesmead Football Club /Crossness Nature Reserve on Saturday June 3rd, for anyone willing to do a monthly survey at a site, or join LWT’s … Continue reading

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Updated CHECKLIST AND ACCOUNT OF THE ODONATA (DRAGONFLIES AND DAMSELFLIES) OF THE LONDON BOROUGH OF BEXLEY (6th edition) published

This updated guide to the 19 species of Dragonflies and Damselflies of the London Borough of Bexley, compiled by Chris Rose with additional records and photographs from Ralph Todd, Ian Stewart, Karen Sutton, Martin Petchey and Wren Rose, provides information … Continue reading

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Male and female Willow Emerald at Foots Cray Meadows

Despite the overcast and breezy conditions, both a male and a female Willow Emerald Damselfly (Chalcolestes viridis) were seen at Foots Cray Meadows on 27th September by Chris Rose and Wren Rose. These are the second and third sightings in … Continue reading

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Willow Emerald damselfly found at Ruxley, on Bexley’s doorstep ….

The Willow Emerald Damselfly (Chalcolestes viridis), one of Britain’s newest natural colonist species, has been found and photographed by bicycling birder Ian Stewart at Ruxley Gravel pits on 6th September. The identification, and status as the first record of the species … Continue reading

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LWT Water for Wildlife Project Officer visits Thames Road Wetland and Crossness

David Courtneidge, Water for Wildlife Project Officer (South) for London Wildlife Trust came to Bexley on May 20th. He is visiting wetland sites across south London with a mission to select an initial three to focus on for training/recording and habitat improvement events, with … Continue reading

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Updated checklist and account of Bexley Dragonflies and Damselflies published as season gets underway

‘Bexley Wildlife’s’ guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies in the Borough, and where to see them, has been updated to mark the start of the flight season – during which the adult insects metamorphose from their unobtrusive aquatic larval stage, take … Continue reading

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