According to the British Dragonfly Society, the variable damselfly is scattered but uncommon across mainland Britain. And despite being well known from a handful of sites, the species’ distribution still remains ‘something of an unravelled mystery’, said the BDS.
So it’s not surprising our Conservation Director Andy Lester is over the moon about our latest visitor! ‘Once again it’s exciting news for a site that’s recently been labelled as one of the best places to see dragonflies in the UK by BBC Wildlife magazine,’ said Andy. ‘Indeed, the site has appeared in numerous publications over the past few weeks – both local and national – and featured on BBC’s Countryfile programme.’
From 1st-5th September, this five-day programme will run at the St Madoc Centre amid some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside. During your stay there’ll be plenty to do – from bird surveys to exploratory walks led by Steve and Elaine Swinney. Find out more about some of the amazing creatures that live nearby from expert ecologists like Peter Sturgess.
Our Engagement Director Rich Bee (pictured centre) presented the honour to Dean of York Minster Very Rev Dr Vivienne Faull in July. The ceremony took place at a service in the presence of the Archbishop of York, Most Rev Dr John Sentamu and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rev Justin Welby.
‘The improvement in position to the Silver Award came not from a short burst of action,’ said Dr Faull, ‘but from recognising the many actions we’ve been taking and continue to take with regard to our sustainability and the impact we have on our planet.’
The 600th congregation to join the Eco Church family is Christ Church Abingdon (pictured) – which boasts a historic association with A Rocha UK. They support Peter and Miranda Harris, who set up the first A Rocha centre in Portugal in 1983.
‘Our registration has grown out of the longstanding links we have with A Rocha,’ said Eco Church Rep Dalibor Warburton.
The Countryfile team report on rural and environmental issues at various regions across the UK. As part of this Sunday’s focus on Essex, the programme will show presenter Ellie Harrison exploring Foxearth Meadows (pictured) – the country’s only nature reserve managed specifically for dragonflies.
As the BBC schedule tells us, Ellie ‘gets up close to these highly coloured and fascinating insects’. From the comfort of their own homes, Countryfile viewers will be able to join Ellie on her trip to the site. Visitors will be especially welcome at the reserve in the week following the programme.