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          Back in 1992, the SNS published Howard Mendel’s book “Suffolk Dragonflies”. This excellent publication did a lot to advance our understanding of the county’s Odonata, and also helped cement Suffolk’s role as a key player in the British arena. While changes to the UK’s dragonfly fauna had been relatively gradual up until that point, a very great deal has, however, happened since then.

Changes in land usage and in water quality have taken place, and the emergence of climate change as a major ecological factor has also had a dramatic impact. The time was thus right for a new look at the state of the county’s dragonflies. After a period of intensive fieldwork over 2008-2014 the results are in, and a new book on Suffolk dragonflies is now available.

The book confirms that major changes have indeed taken place since 1992, with most species fairing well. A number have, indeed, shown some quite spectacular increases in range and abundance. No less than eight new species have also been recorded from the county since the time of Mendel, with three of these now breeding (two in fact being recent colonists to Britain). In contrast to these increases, just a few species seem to be doing less well. The new book is strongly recommended to all of those with an interest in the county’s dragonflies, and to those curious as to how Britain’s wildlife is responding to recent ecological shifts.

 Ordering details are below, scroll further down to see some example maps from the book, you can click on maps to see them full size in a new browser window.

You can now order this important follow up to our previous Dragonfly Atlas for £12 including post & packing by clicking on the PayPal button below. Your copy will be sent to the address you give to PayPal - so please double check your typing.

Alternatively, you can now pick up your copy in person from Ipswich Museum for £10 during normal opening hours (See Museum Website)

SNS Publications
Records to 2014

 Red Eyed Damselfly, Erythromma najas

Increasing records   1993 - 2014

 Willow Emerald , Chalcolestes viridis

An amazing increase in records 1993 - 2014


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