Working to conserve dragonflies and their wetland habitats

Latest News

  • Vote for the Southern Damselfly in Arkive's Unloved Species Campaign! Voting ends on Valentine's Day.

  • As 2015 drew to a close, we had some incredible, late dragonfly sightings.

  • This autumn, the BDS has been a partner in a trial peatland restoration project in Glen Affric, the Scottish Highlands. It is hoped that positive results from this project will encourage others to carry out similar restoration on some of our most important, and threatened, habitats.


The iRecord Dragonfly App, made in association with the CEH, BRC, JNCC and BDS, is available now. This exciting new development allows you to input and upload your dragonflies records in the field. With excellent identification information, the app is easy to use by experts and amateurs alike. Visit the website now to discover a new world of dragonfly recording.

Identify Your Dragonflies...with our new help page!

Star of the Month

Blue-tailed Damselfly rufescens-obsoleta - Brian Walker

Blue-tailed damselfly Ischnura elegans is generally distinctive with a blue penultimate segment on the abdomen. However, there are five recognised colour forms for females and two of these, termed infuscans and rufenscens-obsoleta, have the blue replaced by brown near the end of the abdomen.  Blue-tailed is a common species so check the individuals you see this year and try to identify the female forms.