At the recent British Dragonfly Society Recorders’ Conference and BRC Workshop at Wallingford in Oxfordshire, the meeting was opened with a special award. A signed Ruddy Darter print by artist Richard Lewington, illustrator of a number of field guides, was presented to Ingrid Twissell, British Dragonfly Society Vice-County Recorder for Gloucestershire, by British Dragonfly Society President Pam Taylor. It marked the one millionth dragonfly record to be sent to the Society and arose from Ingrid’s report of a Ruddy Darter at Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire on 9th August 2012.
This landmark achievement would not have been possible without the dedicated efforts of many hundreds of volunteer recorders throughout the UK. Back at the start of 2008 when the British Dragonfly Society launched recording for the new dragonfly atlas, the database held just over half a million dragonfly records. To double that total to a staggering one million records in just five years is a phenomenal achievement.
Thanks were expressed to all contributors to the Dragonfly database.
Ingrid with her signed Richard Lewington Print
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