Dragonflies & Damselflies

You can help waterway ecologists. Let Waterscape know what species you’ve spotted on Britain’s rivers, lakes and canals by taking part in British Waterways’ 2008 National Wildlife Survey.

This year, British Waterways has joined forces with the British Dragonfly Society (BDS) to focus on dragonflies and damselflies.


Damselflies are brightly coloured insects who, like dragonflies, are acrobatic masters of the air, hunting for their prey which consists mainly of mosquitoes, midges and larger insects.

Being delicate and very thin, they fold their wings back over their bodies at rest. You can sometimes spot clouds of the flitting over the water surface and amongst vegetation on sunny days.

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