Working to conserve dragonflies and their wetland habitats

Latest News

  • BDS team holding the award

    The recent Birdfair at Rutland Water was a big success for BDS and we were awarded second place in the Best Conservation Stand catgeory. 

  • Expert ecologists at the Royal Society of Biology have come up with a list of ten of their favourite species and now they want to know what the rest of the UK thinks. Included among them is the Emperor Dragonfly, so here's your opportunity to vote for the UK's biggest and most stately dragon in a national poll. To see all the candidates and pick your favourite, visit the RSB's Favourite UK Insect page. Can you risk voting for anyone other than the Emperor?

  • Gen Dalley, Conservation Officer

    We are delighted to announce that Genevieve Dalley has been appointed to the Conservation Officer post, succeeding Claire Install.


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.

Don't miss ... Paul-André Robert and his life’s work on dragonfly larvae

- would you be interested in owning a copy of this marvellous work ?


Star of the Month

Ruddy Darter, male - Brian Walker

Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum is one of two Darter species commonly occurring in the southern half of the country. It is gradually edging north having now reached Scotland.  Males can be separated from Common Darters by their more intense red colour and abdomen with a noticeable waist.  A good identification clue for both sexes and all ages is that Ruddy Darter has sooty black legs.