Wettest winter could have damaged dragonfly and damselfly populations in Yorkshire

A black darter dragonfly, wildlife at the site of fracking in Salford

A black darter dragonfly, wildlife at the site of fracking in Salford

The Canal & River Trust has warned that the wettest winter on record could have had a lasting impact on populations of dragonflies and damselflies in Yorkshire.

The Trust is asking people to help monitor the insects as part of its annual Great Nature Watch, which launches today - April 4.

Fluctuating river levels and fast currents are known to wash away dragonfly larva (or nymphs). As larva live underwater for up to three years, our unprecedented floods may have a long-term effect on dragonfly populations.

 

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