.....for South Wales Dragonfly enthusiasts
Welcome to my website Dragonfly-Days my name is Bill Jones and I've been a Dragonfly enthusiast for as long as I can remember! I want to let you all know that this website has been completely revised and updated as of early 2015. Loads of new information has been collected since I originally created the website in 2008 and lots of larger format new images have been captured and added, I've also included some really great new locations to visit and enjoy.
I hope your visit provides you with pleasure and you find at least something of interest, you might like to know that I've now added a NEW Photo Gallery where you can find a nice selection of images.
Dragonfly-Days is dedicated to the study and photography of Dragonflies and Damselflies in the South Wales area of the United Kingdom. The concept behind this website is simple, I want to share with you the very best places I know, so that you might be able to see some of the 33 species we have recorded in this interesting and habitat rich area.
Glamorgan and Monmouthshire (Gwent) make up the geographical area that this website covers. It has a varied range of habitat with coastal plain, river valleys, upland and moorland; most of them have excellent habitat for a wide range of our 57 recorded British and Irish species. Small lakes, ponds, pools and a network of rivers, that includes the wonderful Usk and Wye, should help make your Dragonfly-Days an absolute pleasure.
Kenfig National Nature Reserve
Brecon & Monmouthshire Canal
About this Website
This website is split into six sections, with each section intending to inform the visitor more fully of what you can expect to find in the area and how best to further your knowledge of dragonflies by study or even learn how to photograph these fascinating and beautiful insects.
I have also included a comprehensive set of links to some of the excellent websites devoted to our British dragonflies and also some for the very best South Wales area natural history groups, clubs and societies.
Right: Close up study of a female Southern Hawker
Odonata is the insect group that both Dragonflies Anisoptera and Damselflies Zygoptera belong to, and in Britain and Ireland we have 45 breeding species and a further dozen or so migrants. Sadly 2 species have become extinct since the 1950's an indicator that it is now vitally important to conserve the remaining habitat of these incredibly interesting and aesthetically beautiful insects. Most of the areas 33 species are to be found on these pages.
If your a newcomer to the wonderful world of natural history the choice of subject matter is vast, countless thousands enjoy birdwatching, others take an interest in mammals, butterflies, botany etc; sadly the insects are often relegated to study by either specialists or perhaps the enquiring all round naturalist.
The dragonflies and damselflies are a hugely rewarding group of insects that provides the student with a fascinating biology and ecology allied to the fact that your efforts can benefit their conservation at a time that has never been more important.
Check out the books page and my recommended choice of titles such as the new Atlas of Dragonflies in Britain and Ireland - which I trust will stimulate a wider interest in the subject.
The latest apps are also given some consideration now that so many mobile devices have become available to a wider and ever growing market. DVD's have not been forgotten either and they too can be found on the books page.
Dragonflies are approachable once you have gained some fieldcraft experience, however for general observation and to aid with positive identification you should seriously consider a good pair of binoculars.
Once you are happy with your fieldcraft skills its reasonable to want to take some photographs either for identification purposes or just simply for the pleasure of photographing these beautiful living creatures.
Visit the photography section for lots more information and further details on suitable cameras and lens equipment and an up-to-date list of recommended binoculars from all the leading manufacturers.
Dragonfly-Days makes no claim to being a definitive guide either to the dragonfly species or to the area of South Wales it covers. All information provided is given in good faith, hopefully increasing the knowledge of the visitor to both the dragonflies of South Wales and the importance of their remaining habitat conservation.
www.dragonfly-days.co.uk © Bill Jones 2008-15