As well as visiting popular well known sites it is important that we do not neglect areas of the county that are under recorded. This map uses the Shropshire Ecological Data Network data set to illustrate the dragonfly and damselfly species richness (number of species) recorded in each 10km square in Shropshire. Those areas marked with a green triangle showed an increase in recorded species during 2016. In many cases the lower numbers of species are largely due to a lack of recording activity so if dragonfly spotting in any of the yellow, orange or red areas appeals we would be extremely grateful for any records.
It is essential that when recording dragonflies you ensure that you are legally allowed to access the area. Please respect private property at all times and always seek permission from the owner before going onto private land. A number of good relationships have been built up across the county allowing permitted access to private sites and it would be a great shame to lose such access due to the enthusiastic misguided actions of a few.