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


The Scotland Conference will be held online on Saturday 17th April from 9.30am – 4.00pm.

We will hear about all of the great work that has been going on in Scotland from staff and volunteers as well as hearing from our latest Scottish Dragonfly Hotspot.

Click here for full event details.


We now have a YouTube channel! You can find all of the talks from our 2021 Spring Meeting, gardening information, project updates and much more by clicking here.

Latest Sightings


We have made a few changes to our Latest Sightings feature, read the full story here.


Vagrant Emperor by Jojo Alexandra Surman

The first dragonfly records of 2021 reached us at the end of February and they were: a Vagrant Emperor seen at Torpoint in Cornwall by Leon Truscott and photographed by Jojo Alexandra Surman on the 24th February. This sighting came through the Facebook group that our Migrant Dragonfly Project coordinator, Adrian Parr, runs and anyone can request to join here. Please do join in to keep up to date with all the news on migrant species.




Newly emerged Blue-tailed Damselfly by Jack Perks

Then on the 27th February Jack Perks photographed a Blue-tailed Damselfly (pictured left) that had just emerged from his garden pond in Nottinghamshire. This is a very early record and is creating a lot of discussion on Facebook. You can join in the discussion on the British Dragonflies and Damselflies Facebook group, which is run by Neil Phillips our Essex County Dragonfly Recorder. Early records can sometimes occur where water is artificially warmed but this does not appear to be the case here.




Where to Share Your Sightings or Get Species Identification Help


If you have seen a dragonfly and want to share your sighting or get help with species identification you can post in the following Facebook group, which is run by our Essex County Dragonfly Recorder Neil Phillips:

British Dragonflies and Damselflies Facebook Group

Please note that you will need to request to join the group; be assured that your request will be accepted promptly as the group is monitored regularly.


You can also share your sightings on our own Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts too. Our Scotland team also have a Twitter account and you can join their Facebook group too.

There is also a Facebook group that covers our Migrant Dragonflies Project, which is run by project coordinator Adrian Parr and anyone can request to join here.


If you are confident in correctly identifying the species that you have seen then please submit a record to us. All the information you need on submitting records to us can be found in the Recording section here.

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

A week of wonderful wild events from Natural Resources Wales
Outside the Honeypot: Wildlife Recording in the Urban World
National Forum for Biological Recording 2021 Conference
Spring Clean Cymru
Calling all litter fighting heroes!

Identification help

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

Latest Sightings