Working to conserve dragonflies and their wetland habitats

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  • BRC Workshop

    The Biological Records Centre (BRC) is running a workshop on freshwater recording which is being hosted by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Lancaster on the 8th May 2014.  During the workshop there will be an opportunity for schemes and societies to provide an update on their activities to others involved in freshwater recording.

  • Northern Damselfly taken by Allan Brandon

    The first ever Scottish Dragonfly Conference took place in Perth on 12 April 2014 with over 50 dragonfly enthusiasts attending.  Topics covered included a review of recording work to date with a preview of the New Dragonfly Atlas and plans for the future, as well more detailed talks on Northern Damselfly and Azure Hawker, two species restricted to Scotland within the British Isles, where there is much still to learn about their habitat requirements and behaviour.

  • Vagrant Emperor

    In February and March, we received sightings of large Hawkers, these were most likely Vagrant Emperors.  Will more turn up following the recent dust that has blown up from the Sahara?  Also our first native species of the year has been seen, a Large Red Damselfly in Suffolk on 29th March.



The long awaited new Atlas of Dragonflies in Britain and Ireland is due for publication in May 2014. This full colour book (approx. 400 pages) from the British Dragonfly Society maps the distribution of all 56 species of damselfly and dragonfly in Britain and Ireland. The prepublication offer has ended and now the atlas will be available from the end of May.  The exact launch date and how to purchase a copy will be announced here.

How You Can Help

The BDS needs your support. Although many species of dragonfly are doing well almost a third of our species are in decline.  Following successful recording for the atlas, due for publication in Spring 2014, we need volunteers to DragonflyWatch.  This map shows atlas progress up  to the end of 2011.

Atlas progress March 2012

Star of the Month

Beautiful DemoiselleThe Northern Damselfly Coenagrion hastulatum is restricted to a few sedge fringed lochans in the Highlands of Scotland and found nowhere else in Britain, although it is fairly common in northern Europe.  It is under threat in Scotland and effort is needed to preserve our population.  Talks on this species will feature at the 1st Scottish Recorders Conference in Perth on 12th April.  For details see opposite.