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September 2021


Dragonflies; their life-cycle, anatomy, behaviours, preferred habitats and more.


Everyone is welcome to join our online talk that will be presented by Ruary Mackenzie Dodds. It will commence at 8.00pm and last for about an hour. Guests will be able to join from 7.45pm - see log in details below.

Author, frequent TV and radio presenter and Fellow of the Linnean Society, Ruary has worked on behalf of dragonflies since 1989. For 20 years he was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Dragonfly Project whose aim was to raise public awareness of the fascination, beauty and plight of dragonflies. This aim is now undertaken by The British Dragonfly Society but Ruary's work continues.

In June 2010, Ruary was named as the BBC's Dragonfly Geek by Chris Packham during a BBC 'Springwatch' programme. Together with many other broadcasts, he contributed to David Attenborough's Sky TV film "Conquest of the Skies, Episode 1", released in 2015.

Ruary's latest dragonfly book, written in conjunction with his wife Kari de Koenigswarter, is The Dragonfly Friendly Gardener - a simple guide as to how to attract dragonflies to your garden.

Ruary's website is

We would very much appreciate a donation of at least £3 per person to cover our overheads and allow us to book more speakers without incurring a net financial loss. Payment via bank transfer to the RSPB Chelmsford Local Group - Account Number 31559660; Sort Code 30-90-79
Please give your name (or alias if preferred) and "ZOOM" as the reference.

To join go to
Meeting ID: 847 9627 9619
Passcode: 855631

Many thanks for your support. We look forward to seeing you on the night.

Time: 8.00pm

Price: £3 per person recommended donation

Telephone: 01245 471576