Discovering Dragonflies Project

In June 2018 Ferne received a grant from The National Lottery of £8,700 for our “Discovering Dragonflies” project, an exciting natural heritage project that aimed to educate and inspire. Dragonflies have been around since before the first dinosaurs; they are beautiful, inquisitive, incredibly aerobatic, and territorial – basically great to watch.  This is why we chose dragonflies as the project theme – they are perfectly suited for generating inspiration for, educating about, and raising awareness of our natural heritage.

As well as having several large ponds and many resident dragonflies, Ferne undertook this project because caring for wild habitats and the species that live in them is closely linked to caring for pets – both thrive if we provide the right conditions for them and meet their needs.

The  project offered a wide range of free dragonfly themed activities, events and workshops to raise awareness and improve conservation of these amazing creatures, and culminated in a celebration event in September 2019 . See the Dragonfly Events & News page for more details of what went on during the project.

There are some pictures of dragonflies and dragonfly events on our Dragonfly Gallery and  Instagram  site, please feel free to send any of your own dragonfly related pictures and we can put some up on this site as whilst the project may be finished, this element of the website will still be viewable for the foreseeable future.