Welcome to the new Cheshire Dragonflies blog.
As we take on the role of County Dragonfly Recorder from David Kitching we would like to take this opportunity to thank David for his hard work over the preceding decades bringing dragonflies to the forefront in Cheshire. Without his enthusiasm and commitment there would be far fewer people interested in dragonflies in Cheshire, and far less known about these incredible species in our county.
For those that don’t know us, we are Chris Meredith and John Roberts, two new county recorders to take on the work of David. If you would like to hear more about our backgrounds please take a look at our brief biographies below.
Although we are both new to blogging we will try to keep some consistency, making sure that recent sightings are displayed and can be found using the ‘recent sightings’ tab on the menu above. Other blog posts including related articles and good dragonfly site information will be added and found using the menu to the right. Please use the contact form to let us know about any inconsistencies and dead ends!
Although we may both be fairly new to the ‘dragonfly scene’ in Cheshire, we have taken on the role of County Recorder to ensure that all important records are verified and processed, as well as maintaining a forum that fellow enthusiasts can visit to share recent sightings, photos and site details.
If you would like to learn a little more about us, then continue reading below.
Chris – I have been a keen naturalist for as long as I can remember, but my interest in dragonflies really began as I took on a role reintroducing the white-faced darter to Delamere with Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Although the magnificence of adult dragonflies is hard to deny, the more I looked for, and at, exuviae and larvae the more I enjoyed the hunt for them and their subsequent identification. This then started me travelling around Cheshire and further afield to find new exuviae, and if I was lucky spot the mature adults as well. As my passion developed, I began a campaign to get more people involved in dragonfly surveying and recording. I hope that between John and I we can encourage more people into the fold and very much look forward to receiving your records and photos as we move through the season.
John – Though a keen Lepidopterist for many years, I ‘discovered’ dragonflies relatively recently largely as a result of the project managed by Cheshire Wildlife Trust to re-introduce the White-faced Darter to Delamere Forest. Volunteering on this project provided a wonderful introduction to the unique and incredible world of dragonflies and also allowed me to develop my interest in photography. Some of my shots are posted on Twitter (@swiss8tony) and I am really looking forward to seeing some of your images which I hope you will allow us to share via this blog.