Dragonfly and Damselfly Books

Field Guides & Atlases

Britain’s Dragonflies - Dave Smallshire & Andy Swash 2010 WILDGuides - ISBN 978-1-903657-29-4

Aimed at beginners and experts - the only comprehensive photographic guide to the dragonflies of Britain and Ireland now in print, covering the 56 recorded species and seven potential vagrants, with an identification guide for larvae and exuviae.  Note that if you order this book directly from the BDS shop, the Society benefits from each copy sold.

Dragonflies - Philip Corbet and Stephen Brooks 2008 Collins New Naturalists - ISBN: 978-0-00-715169-1

Britain & Europe (identification)

Field Guide to the larvae and exuviae of British Dragonflies Volume 1: Dragonflies (Anisoptera) - Steve Cham 2007 BDS

Field Guide to the larvae and exuviae of British Dragonflies Volume 2: Damselflies (Zygoptera) - Steve Cham 2009 BDS

Superbly detailed identification guides published by the Society and available through the shop[link]

Watching British Dragonflies - Steve Dudley, Caroline Dudley and Andrew Mackay 2007 Subbuteo Natural History Books – ISBN 10 1-905268-04-1

Combines a comprehensive identification guide illustrated by Mackay with a site guide. Unfortunately, the latter contains many errors and does not always include the best sites.

Field Guide to the Dragonflies of Britain and Europe - Klaas-Douwe B Dijkstra, illustrated by Richard Lewington 2006 British Wildlife Publishing - ISBN 0 9531399 4 8

An excellent identification guide to all the dragonflies and damselflies of Europe, including western Turkey, Cyprus, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and the Azores, Canaries and Madeira.

The Natural History of Ireland's Dragonflies - Brian Nelson and Robert Thompson 2004 The National Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland – ISBN 0 900761 45 8

Beautifully illustrated, large format. Covers identification, ecology and distribution.

The Dragonflies of Europe (2nd Edition) – R. R. Askew 2003 Harley Books - ISBN 0-946589-75-5

Smaller format, paperback version of the above, with updated information and new preface - Review of first edition (opens in new window)

Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Great Britain and Ireland – Steve Brooks, illustrated by Richard Lewington 1997 British Wildlife Publishing - ISBN 0 9531399 0 5 - Review of this book (opens in new window)
A Guide to the Dragonflies of Great Britain - Dan Powell 1999 Arlequin Press - ISBN 1 900159 01 5

Dragonflies. Naturalists' Handbooks 7 – Peter L. Miller 1995 (2nd edition) Richmond Publishing - ISBN 0 85546 299 X  Accurate keys to adults and larvae. Detailed life history. Suggested study topics.

The Exuviae of European Dragonflies - Gerken and Sternberg 1999 Hoxter und Jena - ISBN 3 9805700 4 5  Text in English and German; many drawings. 

General books

Dragonflies – Steve Brooks 2003 Life SERIES Natural History Museum - ISBN 0 565 09180 8
Dragonflies of the world - Silsby 2001 Natural History Museum/CSIRO - ISBN 0 565 09165 4
Overview of all 5000+ species. Many superb photos. 

Dragonflies. Behaviour and Ecology of Odonata - Corbet Revised edition 2004 Harley Books - ISBN 9780 946589 77 7

The ULTIMATE volume if you are really serious!

Regional Guides & Atlases

(Contacts given, or try the local Records Centre, Museum or Wildlife Trust.)

The Dragonflies of the Banbury area - Anthony Brownett 1990 - ISBN 0 9515647 0 6
Dragonflies and Damselflies of the London Borough of Barnet - A Provisional Atlas Edited by C Herbert 1994 - ISBN 1 898132 02 X
Dragonflies of Bedfordshire - by Steve Cham - published by Bedfordshire Natural History Society 
Dragonflies of the Bristol Region - S Randolph 1992 - ISBN 0 900199 39 3
The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Cheshire - R Gabb and D Kitching 1992 - ISBN 0 906367 54 9 
The Dragonflies of Dorset - EDV Prendergast 1991 - ISBN 0900341327
The Dragonflies of Fife - Anne-Marie Smout and Pete Kinnear - ISBN 1-872162-03-7 
Distribution of Dragonflies in Gloucestershire - S Holland 1991
Dragonflies in S W Hampshire - David Winsland 1993
The Dragonflies of Hampshire - by Taverner, Cham, Hold et al - published by Pisces Publications
Dragonflies of Kent (Second Edition fully updated) - John Brook and Jill Brook 2009 Kent Field Club - ISBN 978-0-9561926-1-5
Leicestershire Dragonflies - S Grover and H Ikin 1994 - ISBN 0 850223 59 8 
Dragonflies of the Lothians - Edited by Bob Saville 1997 - ISBN 0 9518878 6 6 
The Dragonflies of the New Forest - Noelle and Tony Welstead 1984
The Dragonflies of Norfolk - Dr Pam Taylor 2003 - ISSN 0375 7226
The Dragonflies of Oxfordshire - Anthony Brownett 1996 - ISBN 0 9515647 2 2
The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve - Lawrence G Holloway 1999
Dragonflies of Pembrokeshire - J.W.Saunders 1986
The Dragonflies of Staffordshire - Neil Collingwood 1997 - ISBN 1 874414 22 X 
The Dragonflies of Shropshire - Alex Lockton reprinted 2000 
Suffolk Dragonflies - H Mendel 1992 - ISBN 0-9508154-5-4
Dragonflies of Surrey - Peter Follett 1996 - ISBN 0 9526065 1 8
Dragonflies of Sussex - Sussex Group of the BDS 2004 Includes descriptions, illustrated by photographs, of the species found in Sussex together with distribution maps
The Dragonflies of Worcestershire - Mike Averill 1996 - ISBN 0 9528288 0 4 
Dragonflies in Derbyshire - Rod Dunn and Dave Budworth 2005
Status and Distribution 1977-2000
Price £4 inc p&p, available from Mr K. Moore, 10 Montrose Court, Stapleford, Notts, NG9 8LJ 
The Dragonflies of Northamptonshire - Mark Tyrrell et al 2006
Breeding species, their distribution and conservation
Price £14.95 inc p&p. Further details on the Northants Dragonfly group website.