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  • Dragonfly Day Discovery: Rare Norfolk Hawker found at Wicken Fen!

  • Emperor by Gordon Gray

    It's Dragonfly Week! Celebrating all things Odonata...

  • It is with great sadness that we have learnt that Tim Beynon passed away on Saturday 15th June. 

  • Suffolk Dragonflies

    New Release: Suffolk Dragonflies, available in the BDS shop now!

  • Student Project Opportunity: investigating Cheshire’s White-faced Darters


The iRecord Dragonflies App is available now. This exciting new development allows you to input and upload your dragonflies records in the field. Visit the website now to discover a new world of dragonfly recording.

Star of the Month

Ruddy Darter - Brian Walker

Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum has expanded its range north over the last twenty years.  Adult males are distinctive but immatures and females need more care to separate from Common Darter.  The jet black legs are surprisingly obvious on a close view and a reliable means of separation, then look for the more subtle differences including a yellow flush at the base of the wings.