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A northward shift of range margins in British Odonata


Rachael Hickling, NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology: Monks Wood, Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28 2LS, UK, e-mail:


Many species are predicted to shift their ranges to higher latitudes and altitudes in response to climate warming. This study presents evidence for 37 species of nonmigratory British dragonflies and damselflies shifting northwards at their range margins over the past 40 years, seemingly as a result of climate change. This response by an exemplar group of insects associated with fresh water, parallels polewards range changes observed in terrestrial invertebrates and other taxa.