Barnsley Biodiversity Action Plan. Post-15 BAP. Updated to 2023




Dragonfly and Damselfly Species

Key Objectives


What is being done

Proposed actions


What is being done

Proposed actions

Marking progress in conservation of dragonfly and damselfly species

 Dragonflies Action Plan

Priority Sites and Local Wildlife Sites

Sites where eight (8) or more species of dragonfly &/or damselfly have been recorded in the last 10 years are a local priority and will be considered for LWS status.

Sites with fewer species but a breeding population of species considered important in Yorkshire may be also designated a Local Wildlife Site.

‘Locally important species’ in Yorkshire currently (2021) include: the following species recorded in Barnsley:

Red-eyed Damselfly

Small Red-eyed Damselfly

Migrant Hawker

Emperor Dragonfly

Blacktailed Skimmer.

Sites should include the core breeding waterbody and any outlying habitat that is used for hunting, where this area can be easily identified.

Local Wildlife Sites have a presumption against development but no protection against operations that do not require planning or change of use consent.

These criteria are in line with the British Dragonfly Society (BDS) guidelines for sites of importance  for dragonflies in Yorkshire.

The BDS have published a flowchart and guidance for assessing the value of a site for dragonflies and determining whether it is a possible priority site and site of importance.

BDS priority sites assessment

This includes the criteria for breeding and for abundance of different species.

Large Red Dragonfly at Highstone Farm

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