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  • Thinking of asking for the new edition of 'Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Great Britain and Ireland' for Christmas? Our Conservation Officer's review may help you decide.

  • Is there something missing from your Christmas tree? Click on the link for step by step instructions on how to make your own dragonfly Christmas tree decoration.

  • Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Great Britain and Ireland

    Have you got all the latest Dragonfly Books? There have been several new ones this year and they are all available from the BDS Shop, though you're probably too late for delivery by Christmas. The new Field Guide is published available now.


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

Ovipositing marks of Willow Emerald damselfly - photo: Gill BrookWillow Emerald Chalcolestes viridis is perhaps the Star of the Year in 2014. After the first record in 2007, it has expanded its range in East Anglia and this year been found at a number of new sites well west of this. It is unusual in that eggs are laid in branches overhanging water, leaving characteristic scars as shown in the picture. These are distinctive and searching for them may well identify further sites. Photo courtesy of Gill Brook.