Double for damselflies!

28 November 2014, Comments Comments Off on Double for damselflies!

damselfly tony dunnDamselflies are in distress. Along with dragonflies, more than a third of the UK’s native species are in long-term decline. But A Rocha UK – backed by the Big Give – can help reverse that.

The Big Give took place on 4th December. On that day until 6th December, donations could be doubled as people gave towards dragonfly and damselfly conservation at A Rocha UK’s nature reserve, Foxearth.

A Rocha UK have the unique opportunity to manage a ‘hotspot’ for these remarkable creatures. Without this management, ponds and wetlands will be taken over by scrub and trees, losing valuable habitat.

‘We’ll be able to provide a home for over 20 species of native UK damselflies and dragonflies,’ said Fundraising Manager Lisa Ostenson. ‘That’s nearly 50 per cent of the UK species!

‘Working with the British Dragonfly Society, we’ll conduct best practice conservation and education on-site to make Foxearth one of the best sites in the UK to see dragonflies and damselflies.’

Foxearth will also provide opportunities for school visits, community education, retreat and reflection so people can reconnect and be inspired by nature.

‘Conservation research is more impdamselfly david beattieortant now then ever,’ said Lisa. ‘Having places such as Foxearth dedicated to dragonfly monitoring, we’ll be able to contribute towards national research and species recording.’

Your donation to Foxearth could go twice as far during the Big Give’s Christmas Challenge. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa at her email address – lisa.ostenson@arocha.org. (Photos: Tony Dunn & David Beattie)

You may be interested to know that A Rocha International have also been participating in the Big Give Christmas Challenge this year – visit their website to find out how to donate to them.

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