Essex dragonfly survey
John Dobson, 148 Main Road, Danbury, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 4DT
Ted Benton and John Dobson have been coordinating a new survey of Dragonflies and Damselflies (Odonata) in the county. There have been important discoveries and changes in the county's Dragonfly fauna since Ted's book, which was published in 1988. Species such as the Hairy Dragonfly (B. pratensis) and the White-legged Damselfly (P. pennipes) appear to have become much more widespread. The Scarce Chaser (L. fulva) has started to colonise the county, and a species new to Britain (the Small Red-eyed Damselfly - E. viridulum) was discovered in Essex in 1999. Reports suggest the latter species has spread very quickly both in Essex and in neighbouring counties. We are hoping to publish an up-date on the Dragonflies of Essex very soon, and we would be very pleased to get records. All help will be welcomed. If you would like to contribute to the survey please send records to John or Ted. We have recording cards to be filled in, giving species, numbers, whether breeding, details of the site etc. however, records in any format will be welcome: minimum details are species, date, site and a map reference (on 1km. square basis), but the more information the better.