Dragonflies are one of the most iconic and recognisable creatures we have in the UK.
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They are an insect in the Odonata order along with damselflies. Worldwide there are over 5000 species of dragon and damselfly, found on every continent except Antarctica. The UK is home to 40 of these species (17 damselfly species and 23 dragonfly species) as well as the odd migrant from mainland Europe.
The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales have many sites that are great for dragonflies and damselflies.
Here are just a few:
1. Parc Slip Nature Reserve, Bridgend
Parc Slip Nature Reserve is one of the best sites in south Wales for dragonflies and damselflies with a recorded total of 23 species! Species seen here range from the widespread Emperor Dragonfly to the near threatened Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly. Other notable species include Hairy Dragonfly and Golden-ringed.
2. The Welsh Wildlife Centre and Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve in Cilgerran
Excellent place to see the Beautiful Deimoiselle as well as various species of Hawker, Darter and Chaser.
3. Cors Goch reserve in Carmarthenshire
Cors Goch boasts a few rarities including the Small Red Damselfly and the Black Darter.
4. Llyn Fach reserve in Neath Port Talbot
Visit Llyn Fach to see the Black Darter.
5. Ystradfawr in South Powys
A great reserve for an array of dragon and damselflies.
Why not celebrate Dragonfly Week by visiting one of our reserves?
For more on dragonflies go to https://www.welshwildlife.org/wtsww-news/celebrating-dragonfly-week/