We are working to increase public understanding and awareness of dragonflies, their conservation and the challenges they face, in order to increase action for dragonflies across Britain.
This site covers all dragonfly-related topics, from their origins 300 million years ago to their species distributions across Britain today. Whether you’re a professional researcher, a BDS member, curious about the natural world – or all three – we hope you’ll find it a useful and interesting resource.
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- Odonata Old Darter
- I often go to Edgbaston's lovely Cannon Hill Park in my lunch break. They have a 25m long scale model of the Elan Valley reservoirs that supply Birmingham's water and...
- Highland and Islands
- Southern Hawker Isle of Skye
- Southern Hawker resting on my white house wall in the sunshine mid afternoon. Only reporting this because having checked the distribution map on your site the Isle of Skye is...
- Vagrant Emperor
- Flew past me and landed on shrub
- Red-vein in the reeds
- One female Red-veined Darter, within the middle of a reedbed at Hengistbury Head, Christchurch. A rarity within Christchurch Harbour, with few records in recent years.
- Sunbathing Common Darter male
- Garden in Little Common East Sussex
- Another new species
- Willow Emerald Damselfly seen perched on a leaf by a brook in mid Bedfordshire.
- Our latest ever
- Red-veined Darter Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory Our latest ever record by nearly a month.
- Southern Hawker
- Male over garden pond
- Willow Emerald Damselflies in Kent
- An afternoon visit to Nethergong at 2pm produced 51 Willow Emerald Damselfly, c20 Migrant Hawker and c25 Common Darter.
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