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  • Four-spotted Chaser Daniele Muir

    Are you a teacher in the Angus Council area? We are running two CPD sessions in March at one of our Hotspots, Crombie Country Park, to help you learn how you can work with Dragonflies in the Curriculum for Excellence. We will cover subjects like life cycles, food chains and ID tips. The sessions take place on Thu 19th March & Thu 26th March from 15.45-18.00 and are suitable for classes p4 upwards. More info can be found here.

  • DRN Recorders' Day 14th March 2015

    Come to Recorders' Day 2015 on Sat 14th March at Attenborough Nature Reserve in Nottingham. It promises to be a very interesting day, the draft programme is now available.

  • 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.

Star of the Month

Azure DamselflyAzure damselfly Coenagrion puella is a common damselfly in England and Wales and expanding its range in Scotland.  The male is distinguished by the black ‘U’ shaped mark on the first segment of its abdomen.  As in most species the female is drabber, being quite dark with some dull green around the thorax, although there is also a brighter blue form.