Concern about dragonfly numbers
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National Trust monitors dragonflies amid concern about numbers

The National Trust has asked volunteers across the south of England to help monitor dragonflies in a bid to halt their decline.

The number of insects has fallen in recent years, and the trust has been restoring lost habitats in the region to encourage their return.

There are 42 species of dragonfly in the UK, and staff and volunteers have been trained to identify them.

The trust has set up a dragonfly league table, with members earning extra points if they spot a rare one.

The trust said 28 species had been counted so far.

  • 31 Aug 2016