Odonata in North Merseyside

Calyopteryx virgo, Cumbria (Ben Deed)

 

The Beautiful Demoiselle, Calopteryx virgo, is a Damselfly native to the UK and occurs in Cheshire and Cumbria. However, there are currently no verified records of this species for North Merseyside (see The LCFS 'The Dragonflies of Lancashire and North Merseyside', 2015 for further info).

All Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies) are considered local conservation priority species particular where there are locally significant breeding sites.

Eighteen of the 21 species have certainly bred in the region Six species,namely Red-eyed Damselfly Erythromma najas, Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa, Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum Common Hawker Aeshna juncea , Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum and Black Darter Sympetrum danae, have highly restricted breeding distributions in North Merseyside.

The Sefton Coast sand-dune system is considered to be nationally important for this group of insects with 11 breeding species. Another regionally important locality is Colliers (Bold) Moss, St Helens with 17 species recorded in recent years, 14 of them regularly breeding. Red-eyed Damselfly breeds at only one locality, Eccleston Dams in St Helens.

More information on Dragonflies and their conservation priority in North Merseyside can be found here: http://www.merseysidebiodiversity.org.uk/…/sap2008-dragonf…/

The Dragonflies of Lancashire and North Merseyside: http://www.lacfs.org.uk/Dragonflies.htm