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PAPHOS THIRD AGE

Date :  See below
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Venue :  Various
 
Group Leader: David Sparrow  Tel:  26 270836 or 99 529023   Email: davidrospfo@hotmail.com

This is a specialised group which is carrying out actual scientific research on the dragonflies of Cyprus.  After being trained to identify the species, group members work independently in pairs, monitoring selected dragonfly sites on a regular basis.  Counting the numbers of each species enables us to build up a picture of their flight seasons, and the health of populations. We have also discovered a damselfly species – the Persian Bluetail Ischnura intermedia – which was not previously known in Cyprus. 
 
So far we have over 20,000 records from 2013 – 2018, and we contribute our data to a Europe-wide monitoring project. A thriving dragonfly population is a key indicator of a healthy freshwater environment. 

Several times per year we meet as a group (usually on a Monday morning) to view a presentation, review our results, discuss any issues and celebrate milestones in the research.  

Although active recording requires some knowledge and commitment, the group is open to recruit anyone with an interest in the subject.  It is also possible to attend the group sessions, simply in order to learn more about these colourful and fascinating insects.