Working to conserve dragonflies and their wetland habitats

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  • Close your eyes and listen to the purring tones of Ruary Mackenzie Dodds as he enthuses about the lives of dragonflies.

  • 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!

  • Golden-ringed Dragonfly Golden Ale Christina Chelmick

    The British Dragonfly Society (BDS) have teamed up with craft beer design specialists ‘From the Notebook Limited’ (FTN) to launch their first Dragonfly beer, Golden-ringed Dragonfly Golden Ale, with royalties from sales helping the work of BDS.


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

Brown HawkerBrown Hawker Aeshna grandis is a large hawker dragonfly which is very distinctive with its brown wings. It has a fairly southerly distribution in the British Isles and seems plentiful in its core range but its range is not expanding as much as other species with a similar distribution. Its inability to expand into areas with apparently suitable habitat is a puzzle.