Working to conserve dragonflies and their wetland habitats

Latest News

  • 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 BDS Birdfair crew with Nick Baker 2013

    We are looking forward to the Birdfair which is on 15th – 17th August. Come and see us and we will answer any dragonfly / habitat questions. We also have a membership promotion, so if you are not already a BDS member, it is the perfect time to join us!

  • Pond dipping at Wicken Fen, Pam Taylor

    The British Dragonfly Society’s annual Dragonfly Day is on Sunday 6th July at Wicken Fen, home of the Dragonfly Centre.
    There will be a host of activities and it will be a great day out for all of the family.


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

Lestes sponsaThe Emerald Damselfly Lestes sponsa population tends to reach a peak rather later than other damselflies.  Unusually among damselflies they often rest with their wings half spread.  Emerald damselfly is widespread in Britain and Ireland across a range of habitats.  The similar Scarce Emerald Damselfly occurs at a limited number of sites in the southeast. We also have a number of other “emerald” species that are rare but seem to be starting to colonise from the continent.