British Dragonfly Society


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.

We hope you 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.

Title image: Male Migrant Hawker by Dan Bowes

Get Involved

New Vacancy: BDS Trustees
BDS Spring Meeting 2024
White-legged Damselfly Investigation

Upcoming Events

Practical Conservation Work at Bell Lake Marsh, Red River Local Nature Reserve Cornwall
Staffordshire Invertebrate Science Fair
Free family event!
World’s End (Strensall Common) Work Days
Joint winter event with Freshwater Habitats Trust and Butterfly Conservation.

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.

Upcoming events, such as field meetings and training courses.

Volunteer oppotunities.

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

Identification help

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