Needless to say that the current preparation of the new Dragonfly Atlas by the British Dragonfly Society is being supported by the Cheshire Active Naturalists Society. Three CAN members attended the packed session today at Wolseley Bridge in Staffordshire to hear and see the latest updates regarding data collection, collation, map styles, gaps in distribution etc. In would be fair to say that the atlas is still up in the air regarding display, content, texts etc but this is only because the BDS hierarchy is listening to its membership and allowing the publication to evolve. BDS President Dr Pam Taylor and Steve Prentice kept the day rolling and for their sins went away with the usual mental holdall of ideas, updates, moans and proposed tweaks from the attendees.
Adrian Parr gave a welcome update on migrant species to our shores with some interesting aquatic imports from Asia whereas Dave Smallshire did some modelling (no, not the catwalk type) from his transect monitoring. An interactive session and lengthy discussion on the different types of recording software being used at the moment was refereed by Steve Prentice and this was immediately complimented by a demonstration of ‘Living Record’, a software programme for recording, developed by Adrian Bicker. Steve Cham kindly sent some of his surplus ‘Dragonflies Of Bedfordshire’ to the meeting to be offered free to the attendees; these disappeared within seconds and the CAN members weren’t shy and retiring regarding this I’m ashamed to say.
On a personal note I really hope that the atlas will show breeding records, as if we (BDS) don’t do this on a national scale, who will? Let’s lead here and not follow in the footsteps of some of the obvious drag-twitching atlases of late.