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  • Close your eyes and listen to the purring tones of Ruary Mackenzie Dodds as he enthuses about the lives of dragonflies.

  • Female Willow Emerald Damselfly by Adrian Parr

    The Willow Emerald Damselfly is a recent colonist to South East England, a new site has been discovered away from known areas and we now think there may be more undiscovered sites for this species. We are now at the peak time for spotting this species, so remember to look up!

  • Golden-ringed Dragonfly Golden Ale Christina Chelmick

    The British Dragonfly Society (BDS) have teamed up with craft beer design specialists ‘From the Notebook Limited’ (FTN) to launch their first Dragonfly beer, Golden-ringed Dragonfly Golden Ale, with royalties from sales helping the work of BDS.


The long awaited new Atlas of Dragonflies in Britain and Ireland was published on 28th May 2014. This full colour, hardback book (280 pages) from the British Dragonfly Society maps the distribution of all 56 species of damselfly and dragonfly in Britain and Ireland. It can be purchased for £32 + p & p from our own Shop, the FSC website and all good bookshops.

How You Can Help

Seen a dragonfly? Let us know here. Our new spotters guide shows you how to identify six species commonly seen at ponds. It was produced as part of our work with Scottish Natural Heritage.

Star of the Month

Azure DamselflyAzure damselfly Coenagrion puella is a common damselfly in England and Wales and expanding its range in Scotland.  The male is distinguished by the black ‘U’ shaped mark on the first segment of its abdomen.  As in most species the female is drabber, being quite dark with some dull green around the thorax, although there is also a brighter blue form.