Working to conserve dragonflies and their wetland habitats

Latest News

  • Claire Install, who has been Conservation Officer for the British Dragonfly Society for the past 6 years, will be leaving us on 20 May 2015, having been appointed as Senior Conservation Officer with Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust. 

  • Hot water could be the answer to stopping aquatic invasive species from “hitchhiking” around Britain on anglers’ and canoeists’ kit, according to a new study.


  • The Dragonflies of Lancashire and North Merseyside

    Just published in full colour, the Dragonflies of Lancashire and North Merseyside provides a comprehensive of all 24 species seen there. The distribution and breeding status of each species are mapped and details of flight periods illustrated, with particular emphasis on changes brought about by climate change.


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.

Don't miss ...

'The Dragonfly Diaries' by Ruary Mackenzie Dodds.

The extraordinary story of the setting up of Europe's first Dragonfly Sanctuary by BDS member Ruary Mackenzie Dodds.

Star of the Month

Large Red Damselfly - Brian Walker

 Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula is usually the first dragonfly or damselfly to be seen each year.  It can be found across the whole country including both Orkney and Shetland.  Larvae develop in the water for two years and reach the final stage of development, final instar, at the beginning of the winter to emerge as adults as soon as the water warms in spring.