Working to conserve dragonflies and their wetland habitats

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  • Job Advert - Foxearth Project Manager


    £17,500 pro rata, 2.5 days per week, 2 year fixed term contract

    A Rocha need a project manager for their new wetland nature reserve on the Suffolk/Essex border. The site will be managed for a wide range of wildlife and with local community interests in mind.

    There will be a particular focus on Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies).

  • DRN Recorders' Day 14th March 2015

    Our annual Recorders' Day 2015 was held on Sat 14th March at Attenborough Nature Reserve in Nottingham. It proved very popular and there was a fascinating range of topics presented. The indoor part of the day ended with an expert panel answering dragonfly related questions. This was followed by a tour of the reserve led by professional Ecologist and Trustee David Goddard.

  • 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. Look carefully at the bark of branches of waterside trees for the characteristic pattern of galls indicating that Willow Emerald oviposition has taken place.


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

Four-spotted Chaser

Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadri-maculata is named for the four dark marks on the leading edge of each wing pair.  It is a fairly common species throughout the British Isles with records as far north as Shetland.  It will occupy any area of standing water with marginal vegetation and males will perch conspicuously on stems on the look-out for intruding males or a potential mate.