....for South Wales Dragonfly enthusiasts
On this page I provide links to some of the very best Natural History websites and blogs to be found in the South Wales area, some are for local clubs, others are for local branches of well known societies. I've also provided links to some of the major national societies. From these links you should be able to find a wealth of information, not just about dragonflies, but for wildlife in general.
The home of the British Dragonfly Society the national body for the conservation and study of our native Odonata.
There is a huge amount of information available on the excellent BDS website. From here you can access a countless number of links, from the United Kingdom, Europe and worldwide.
One of the many fine resources is the Latest Sightings pages where you can view up to day reports of dragonfly sightings from all over the British Isles, and your also welcome to add your own sightings.
All dragonfly enthusiast's should seriously consider joining the BDS, they do so much essential conservation work.
SEWBReC started running in August 2005 and provides a mechanism for collecting, managing and sharing any valid biological data recorded in South East Wales, by individuals, groups, societies or trusts. It is a mutually beneficial system of data and information exchange between contributors that ultimately leads to a better understanding of local biodiversity.
The "South East Wales Biodiversity Records Centre (SEWBReC) is the centre for the collation, management and dissemination of biodiversity data for South East Wales" and to find out more about how they utilise the data received from local recorders it may prove worthwhile visiting their website by clicking on the SEWBReC logo above.
The Gwent Wildlife Trust celebrated it's 50th birthday in 2013, during these fifty years thousands of like minded 'wildlife lovers' have worked their socks off in helping to create thirty wonderful nature reserves throughout the county of Monmouthshire, many of these reserves support waters that provide the ideal 'protected' habitat requirements for many of the county's dragonfly and damselfly species.
If you live in the GWT area, please consider becoming a member, their excellent new website provides a wealth of information about the Trust's aims.
The South and West Wales Wildlife Trust covers a significant area, the counties of Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Glamorgan hold between them eighty nature reserves that cover in excess of 4000 acres of diverse wildlife habitat. The core values of the Trust are:-
To create A Living Landscape - To secure Living Seas - To inspire people about the natural world - To encourage individual action for the wildlife and the environment...."I'll second that..."
The Gwent Ornithological Society is an excellent resource for bird-lovers of all abilities, whether your a novice or a seasoned birder, your certain to find up to date information on bird sightings throughout the county of Monmouthshire, and its not just birds, very often throughout the summer months dragonfly sightings are also reported on their website.
The society organise field trips,and also have regular indoor meetings with a good variety of specialist speakers. The GOS website has quite recently been renewed and has a forum included where members can interact, a must visit.
The county of Brecknock extends from Rhayader in the north to Merthyr Tydfil in the south and from Ystradgynlais in the west to Hay-on-Wye in the east. The Brecon Beacons National Park is at it's heart.
Brecknock Birds is a great source of information for the counties birders and has a super website that includes a regular sightings page.
The Brecknock Wildlife Trust covers the same region as mentioned above for Brecknock Birds. The Trust looks after 19 nature reserves throughout the county.
If your resident in the county do please consider membership of this fine Trust, further details can be found on their website.
Glamorgan Birds is a website created by a joint venture between the Gower Ornithological Society and the Glamorgan Bird Club.
This fine resource goes from strength to strength and in addition to the areas bird sightings you can often find sightings for dragonflies and damselflies from throughout the County of Glamorgan.
The National Biodiversity Network is the 'Gateway' to an absolute wealth of wildlife records in your area, no matter where in the British Isles you might live.
There are species maps available once you register on the NBN website, and I must admit I've always found them a great source of help and information.
The United Kingdom's premier conservation charity for the nation's butterflies and moths has a very active South Wales Branch with members involved in seasonal activities on a volunteer basis throughout the region. They publish two or three Newsletters annually to keep members in touch with one another.
Further details of this vitally important charity can be found at South Wales Butterflies.
The website/blog of the Glamorgan Moth Recording Group is run under the auspices of SEWBReC. The group was set up in 1995 by local moth enthusiasts to study and record macro and micro moths throughout the county of Glamorgan (Vice County41).
Members of this informal group (myself included) post sightings - of not just lepidoptera - but also the dragonflies seen in the county.
You may like to know about the Monmouthshire Moth and Butterfly Group blog where this informal and friendly group of enthusiasts share their latest sightings.
Gower Wildlife is a blog run by Barry Stewart that allows all lovers of the naturally beautiful Gower penisula and surrounding areas a place to post their nature sightings and photographs.
I remember purchasing Barry's excellent booklet (co-written with Harold Grenfell) The Butterflies of Gower, when it was published in 2000 - by the Gower Society - so its great to see this excellent information resource, his continuing 'love-affair' with the Gower is reflected in the pages of this blog.
The British Trust for Ornithology are an excellent charity that does much good work for the benefit of our avian friends. I'm pleased to see that they have a very interesting regional news blog for East Glamorgan.
First Nature is excellent for lots of information on wildlife in Wales, however, the pages that alphabetically lists the different types of nature reserves in Wales is exceptional, please take a look at waleswildlife.com
Did you know - Wales has more nature reserves per head of population than any other major European country!!!
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The group members also receive 'The Silurian' Newsletter on a regular basis courtesy of the County Macro Moth and Butterfly Recorder - Dr Martin Anthoney. 'The Silurian' newsletter complements the blog and most Monmouthshire/Gwent enthusiasts should find most of the information they might require either on the blog or in the newsletter, I suggest you pay a visit via the link provided to find out more about the group and it's activities.
This is the blog for Glamorgan's Dragonflies and Damselflies and a super resource it is too, here all Odonata fans from Vice County 41 can submit their latest sightings and support their records with an image too if they wish.
A really nice blog for anyone wanting to know - what's been seen where in the county - a highly recommended blog.
Please visit VC41 Dragonflies & Damselflies.