Celebrate the return of Dancing Dragons to Cumbria with us.

We’ve joined forces with the British Dragonfly Society to promote dragonfly conservation in Cumbria and across the whole UK.

As events take place nationwide to mark Dragonfly Week, we announced a tie-in with the British Dragonfly Society to celebrate the return of the rare White-Faced Darter dragonfly to the Cumbria Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve at Foulshaw Moss.

The reintroduction process, which started in 2010, has seen the establishment of a viable population of the striking red and black dragonfly at Foulshaw, which is also home to nesting ospreys.

 

To celebrate Dragonfly Week, Brother Wolf will donate £5 from the sale of every adult size T-shirt from its striking ‘Dancing Dragons’ line – which features beautiful British dragonflies in a bespoke design by local artist Helen Entwisle.

 

Every T-shirt order will be shipped with a dragonfly fact card and colouring sheet which can be entered in an online colouring competition running for the duration of Dragonfly Week.

Often described as ‘Raptors of the Sky’, White-Faced Darters are fearsome predators, flying at speeds of up to 30mph and gobbling up mosquitos and other small gnats on the wing, but are completely harmless to humans.

The re-establishment of the White-Faced Darter population at Foulshaw was achieved by raising the water level to create more dragonfly-friendly pools. Their return is an indicator of a healthy wetland environment – not just for dragonflies – but all the wildlife associated with these increasingly rare habitats.

BDS Dragonfly recorder for Cumbria David Clarke said: “The Foulshaw reintroduction project has proved a very successful partnership between the British Dragonfly Society and Cumbria Wildlife Trust. It has provided an excellent accessible site for seeing this very attractive species, added a new colony for a dragonfly that is very rare in England and secured the future for the species in Cumbria.”

It has been an exciting time for dragonflies lately, at Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve, the downy emerald dragonfly has been seen for the first time. The downy emerald is one of the special dragonflies of the Lake District, as it only occurs at scattered sites elsewhere in the British Isles.

This collaboration is one of our ongoing projects to renew ourselves by rewilding nature: future-proofing our ecosystems and supporting charities that work tirelessly for species that are threatened due to the biodiversity crisis and climate breakdown.

 

Find out more about the BDS Colouring competition on the BDS website: https://british-dragonflies.org.uk/event/dragonfly-week-2020/ and social media: https://twitter.com/BDSdragonflies