The Dragonfly Diaries: The Unlikely Story of Europe’s First Dragonfly Sanctuary


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The Dragonfly Diaries: The Unlikely Story of Europe’s First Dragonfly Sanctuary Author: Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: Saraband
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Pages: 256 Illustrations and other contents: Halftones, color Language: English ISBN: 9781908643551 Categories: , , , ,

Britain is home to some forty species of dragonfly, and public interest in their plight is high right now thanks to their primeval beauty, aerobatic grace and a growing realisation of their importance for water eco-systems. In ‘The Dragonfly Diaries’, Ruary Mackenzie Dodds shares his quirky fascination for these remarkable creatures over the 25 years he has been photographing and working with them. Combining fascinating description of the lives of dragonflies, with a diary chronicling the ups and downs of establishing Britain’s first public dragonfly sanctuary, ‘The Dragonfly Diaries’ is a must for nature buffs and for anyone who wants to be inspired by the resolve and dedication of a man on a mission to save these critically important insects.

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"This lovely book catalogues [Ruary's] journey... and cements his status as one of Britain's greatest living naturalists" -- Chris Packham "His writing reminded me of Eric Newby's style... it is a story of a love of dragonflies, and a story of dragonfly lovers too... I liked it a lot." -- Mark Avery "This is a wonderful book, it is inspirational. A must have for any one that is thinking about getting into dragonflies!" -- British Dragonfly Society "Irresistible and immensely warming. [Dodds] has a lovely turn of phrase and the reader is right there with him, absorbing the magic." -- Peter Mayhew * University of York, Antenna Journal *

Author Biography

Ruary Mackenzie Dodds is one of the country's leading experts on dragonflies. He is in great demand to share his expertise and enthusiasm with radio and TV audiences, and is a regular contributor to BBC programmes such as Countryfile, Springwatch and Nature Detectives. Ruary has also written 'Aberfeldy: The History of a Highland Community' and a historical novel, 'Luc de Fontanac's War'.