Climate Change brings 11 Species of Dragonfly to the UK

Since 1995, no less than eleven species of dragonfly or damselfly have been recorded from Britain either for the first time ever, or after a long period of absence.

Many of these have also bred successfully here and some have gone on to become well-established residents. The Small Red-eyed Damselfly, which first appeared on our shores in south-east England in 1999, can now be found breeding successfully right across to Wales and North Yorkshire. Others on the list of new species are less familiar, with the stunning Large White-faced Darter (Leucorrhinia pectoralis) (pictured right © Christophe Brochard) making its first ever appearance here in 2012.

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