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Northward shift and changes in occurrence of selected freshwater species

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This indicator shows the evolution of the number of observations of Southern European dragonfly species in Flanders. Due to climate change the number of records of Southern European dragonflies increases in Flanders. Some species that were only occasional visitors in the past, such as Lestes barbarus now have permanent populations.

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Right: observed occurrence of southern dragonflies in Belgium, 1980-2007.

Left: northward shift of range margins of British Odonata, dragonflies and damselflies, between 1960-1970 and 1985-1995

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