We are the voice for dragonflies in Britain and we work to conserve them and their wetland habitats. The charity was established in 1983 and our key aims are to improve understanding and awareness of dragonflies, their conservation and the challenges they face, in order to increase action for dragonflies across Britain.

Please enjoy exploring this site where you will find information on British dragonflies and their habitats, our projects and volunteering opportunities, as well as the latest dragonfly news and upcoming events.


The latest BDS Advice and Policy on COVID-19


Our Spring Meeting is taking place online on:

Saturday 27th March 2021

Join us for a day of fascinating talks and an update from our whole team.

Book here.

Members and non-members are welcome to attend. Our events are always free but donations to cover costs are appreciated.

Donate here.




We now have a YouTube channel! You can find all of the talks from our 2020 Autumn Meeting, gardening information, project updates and much more by clicking here.

Latest Sightings

What's Happening Near You

Visit your county page for lots of useful information, including. . .

Details about your local dragonfly group.

Your locally important species.

An interactive map of top sites to visit in the county.

Recent dragonfly-related news from the area.

Exciting sightings reported in the county.

Upcoming events, such as field meetings and training courses.


Double-click your region on the map to the right —>>>

Upcoming Events

Invertebrates in Zoos: Working together for wildlife
Natural History Live
BDS Spring Meeting 2021
Join us online for our annual Spring conference.
Outside the Honeypot: Wildlife Recording in the Urban World
National Forum for Biological Recording 2021 Conference

Identification help

Need a hand identifying a dragonfly? Find it using our nifty help page.