Working to conserve dragonflies and their wetland habitats

Latest News

  • Vagrant Emperor

    In February and March, we received sightings of large Hawkers, these were most likely Vagrant Emperors.  Will more turn up following the recent dust that has blown up from the Sahara?  Also our first native species of the year has been seen, a Large Red Damselfly in Suffolk on 29th March.


  • Northern Damselfly

    The first ever Scottish Dragonfly Conference will take place on Saturday 12th April at the Perth Museum and Art Gallery, 78 George Street, Perth, PH1 5LB. The programme will include updates on the Dragonfly Atlas, Recording in Scotland, dragonfly survey training in Scotland and news about the Northern Damselfly and Azure Hawker surveys.

  • BDS in Wales homepage

    The BDS has a new section on our website that is dedicated to dragonflies and damselflies in Wales and some of the work that we are doing in Wales.  From this page you will be able to plan a trip to see dragonflies, find out which species occur in Wales and learn about the conservation work that we are doing to protect Southern Damselflies, one of the rare species of Damselfly that occurs there.


The long awaited new Atlas of Dragonflies in Britain and Ireland is due for publication in May 2014. This full colour book (approx. 400 pages) from the British Dragonfly Society maps the distribution of all 56 species of damselfly and dragonfly in Britain and Ireland. The prepublication offer has ended and now the atlas will be available from the end of May.  The exact launch date and how to purchase a copy will be announced here.

How You Can Help

The BDS needs your support. Although many species of dragonfly are doing well almost a third of our species are in decline.  Following successful recording for the atlas, due for publication in Spring 2014, we need volunteers to DragonflyWatch.  This map shows atlas progress up  to the end of 2011.

Atlas progress March 2012

Star of the Month

Beautiful DemoiselleThe Northern Damselfly Coenagrion hastulatum is restricted to a few sedge fringed lochans in the Highlands of Scotland and found nowhere else in Britain, although it is fairly common in northern Europe.  It is under threat in Scotland and effort is needed to preserve our population.  Talks on this species will feature at the 1st Scottish Recorders Conference in Perth on 12th April.  For details see opposite.