The Dragonflies of Lichfield
Whilst the results of this survey are not large enough, or over a long enough period, to allow any conclusions to be made about the status of dragonfly populations in Lichfield, the survey does form a valuable base-line for future work in the District. It has also added important new sites to our existing knowledge of dragonflies in Staffordshire.
All Records in Lichfield
The above map includes a buffer around Lichfield District to pick up on records occurring just outside the district boundary
Key to symbols
This key is used for both the master map (above) and the subsequent species maps.
In this report no attempt has been made to describe the species, nor to discuss their habits or biology – these are better covered in the dragonfly books listed in the bibliography. Almost all the following information is gleaned from the data collected during the survey. However, it must be borne in mind that most of the records are from standing water bodies, so that by the nature of the survey, the majority of species appear to prefer ponds. This is not necessarily a true reflection on the species’ habits, but rather an artefact of the sampling technique.
Signs of breeding were only found for six species, Enallagma cyathigerum, Ischnura elegans, Aeshna juncea, A.cyanea, A.grandis and Sympetrum striolatum, although Sympetrum sanguineum was recorded in tandem (mating). However, because the survey excluded pond-dipping, records of young (nymphs) are absent.
For the sixteen mapped species found during the survey there is included:
© Staffordshire Ecological Record 2003
Last updated 16th November 2003