Working to conserve dragonflies and their wetland habitats

Latest News

  • All members are invited to this year's BDS Annual Meeting on Saturday 15th November at the WWT London Wetland Centre, Barnes, London SW13. The programme is now published and we have varied talks and an opportunity to look around the centre.

  • Willow Emerald Darren Bast

    After yesterday's news of a new Willow Emerald site in Surrey, today, there is news of the species turning up in a county where is has not been recorded before! Willow Emeralds have been spotted for the first time in Hertfordshire by Darren Bast. Read Darren’s account of his discovery here.

  • 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!


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

Aeshna mixtaThe Scarce Chaser Libellula fulva is beginning to out-live its common name as it is being found in new areas every year and seems to be continuing the range expansion highlighted in the Atlas.  While it is essentially a species that breeds in mature river systems it is also colonising canals, ponds and ditches.  It does seem to require lush bankside vegetation to flourish.