Site Condition Monitoring of dragonflies on Loch aí Mhuilinn SSSI - 2010
The breeding of 7 species of Odonata was confirmed on the site, 8 species were recorded in total. This is one less species than was recorded in the 2002 SCM but this survey has 5 more species with confirmed breeding. All the species found are common species and widespread all over the Highlands. No rare or uncommon species were recorded. This is unsurprising as their specific breeding habitat was not present on site, however they will no doubt be breeding in suitable habitat nearby.
The site is in good condition in relation to its notified feature (Odonata). A good number of larvae were found for most of the species and this multiplied by suitable habitat on site and large populations of these species surrounding the site means that there is a good breeding population and regular 'topping up' of the siteís population from other, nearby breeding sites. It is highly likely that all 9 species recorded in the 2002 SCM are breeding on the site. The habitat for Odonata on site is in good condition with no threats to it.
Note that duplicates of some or all records may be held by other data providers such as British Dragonfly Society & Highland Biological Recording Group.
Loch aí Mhuilinn SSSI
The aim of the survey was: To monitor and provide field data required by SNH to report on the condition of the dragonfly assemblage feature at Loch aí Mhuilinn SSSI. Odonata are one of three notified features on the site.
Surveying for upland species of adult insects is unpredictable due to rapidly changing conditions and very local weather systems. The techniques described in the report have been developed in the field over a period of years and had most recently been used during the 2007-9 Forestry Commission Scotland surveys.
The survey took place during the best weather conditions in June and August 2010. The two survey periods ensured that adults of both early (large red damselfly) and late (black darter) species would be on the wing to be observed.
Willet, J. (2011). Site Condition Monitoring of dragonflies on Loch aí Mhuilinn SSSI - 2010. Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No.407.
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