Saturday, 31 May 2014

White-faced darter dragonfly reintroduced to Cheshire

A project to reintroduce a rare dragonfly to Cheshire has had "a successful start", a wildlife trust has said.

LeucorrhiniaDubiaMale.jpgThe white-faced darter dragonfly was last recorded in the county in 2003.
Cheshire Wildlife Trust (CWT) have placed 100 larvae into pools in Delamere Forest in the hope that they will thrive.

It is only the second time a dragonfly reintroduction has been attempted, following a project in Cumbria in 2010.

'Long-term hope'
The dragonfly, which CWT said was "one of the UK's rarest", is only found in Cumbria, Staffordshire, Shropshire and Scotland.

Dr Vicky Nall, who led the project, said it had been a "tense" time for her team, as they waited to see the "first tentative emergence of the darters and begin the painstaking process of counting the dried larval cases they leave behind".

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