Clubtail Count 2017 - guest blog by Genevieve Dalley

Gomphus vulgatissimus. Copyright David KitchingThe Common Clubtail Dragonfly is a near threatened species restricted to a handful of unpolluted, slow flowing rivers in England and Wales. We desperately need to understand the population size and distribution of this dragonfly to conserve it, but, as with many invertebrate species, records for this elusive species are patchy and dated.

We intend to change that!  We are calling on all nature lovers to join us in the search for this beautiful insect. No previous experience in dragonfly identification is needed, we will teach you all you need to know to find this local specialist. You can give as much or as little time as you like, with all efforts making a valuable contribution to the conservation of a symbolic riverine dragonfly. It is fun and simple: take action now!

If you live near the River Wye, Welsh Dee, Middle Thames, Kennet, Middle Severn or Sussex Arun please get in touch with Project Co-ordinator, David Tompkins or call me (Conservation Officer, Genevieve Dalley) on: 02082 256800

Visit the British Dragonfly Society webpage for more information

Photo above: Copyright David Kitching