The Purbeck Dragonfly Project

2022 - 2024

An exciting new initiative!

THE DORSET DRAGONFLY GROUP (DDG) is now working closely with fellow enthusiasts, new volunteers, charities and experts to develop an ambitious new recording and outreach project for the Isle of Purbeck.

The DDG is the Project's 'office'. It's where goals are set and things get done!

The Project launches officially this year - 2022. Discussions and planning are well underway. A small team was out last summer plotting heathland ponds and local enthusiasts are already getting in touch!

In December 2021 a newly convened Project working group met. With a remit to explore outreach and safety issues, it will report findings and recommendations to DDG members early in 2022.

A second Project working group with a remit to explore recording protocols and data met in earlyJanuary 2022. It too will report findings and recommendations to DDGmembers. 

The Project is inspired by the creation of the Purbeck Heaths National Nature Reserve. This designation presents an exciting opportunity for strategic, landscape-scale recording of dragonflies and damselflies across this new and nationally important ‘Super Reserve’.

Every sighting will be a vital ‘pixel’ revealing a picture of Dragonfly population dynamics across Purbeck's many habitats.

Our Project’s aims:

  • Chart the population dynamics of common & endangered species
  • Guide habitat management
  • Train & mentor next-generation volunteers
  • Deliver an inclusive outreach community programme

Want to get involved?

Whether you are new to Dragonfly ID, growing in confidence, a long-time recorder or someone who enjoys posting photos and stories on social media, we kindly invite you to get involved.
Everyone has something unique to offer!

To learn more about the emerging project, express interest in helping or just ask a question, please email Project Co-coordinator Andrew Brown: