19th August 2020
Our thanks go to Africa Gomez for their contribution as part of the natural history of Hull appeal.
Last year, Dick Shillaker and Africa Gomez carried out a survey and citizen science project to record the dragonflies and damselflies of the city of Hull and surrounding area.
The report of the project is freely available at the website of the Yorkshire Dragonfly Group.
Out of the 19 species recorded in the recording area, eight species were found at the River Hull.
Of those, the Banded Demoiselle was the most spectacular, as its presence resulted from a recent expansion in range from upstream. The Banded Demoiselle was found north of Clough Road, in every km2 of the River until the city boundary, and it could be a flagship species for the river and an attractive addition for the display.
The Grey Wagtail is a bird of conservation concern that seems to be doing very well in the city boundary and breeding is taking place in Hull, with young birds found by Oak Road playing fields and East Park.
Several species of waders use the River Hull as well, particularly in the winter (Redshank, Curlew), these would also be great additions to a poster.