Working to conserve dragonflies and their wetland habitats

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  • Conservation work 2015 Photo by Stephen and Anne Coker

    Important work has been carried out to restore and create new habitat for the endangered Southern Damselfly in the Preseli SAC. This work has been carried out by the BDS in partnership with Pembrokeshire Biodiversity Partnership, Natural Resources Wales and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.


  • 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 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

Applications are invited for the job of BDS Conservation Officer.


Don't miss ... Paul-André Robert and his life’s work on dragonfly larvae

- would you be interested in owning a copy of this marvellous work ?


Star of the Month

Broad-bodied Chaser - Brian Walker

Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa is a medium sized dragonfly and is seen around the margins of lakes and ponds in early summer.  Males often have a favoured perch to which they will return after flying out after prey or a potential mate.  This habit provides an opportunity for photography provided you are careful and patient.  The Atlas shows that this species is steadily expanding north in Britain.