For matters relating to Dragonfly conservation, habitats, volunteer recording or general information about Dragonflies please contact a Conservation Officer:

Eleanor Colver
Conservation Officer

c/o Natural England
Parkside Court
Hall Park Way
TELFORD, TF3 4LR

Mobile: 07792 231 925
Email
Growing up next to the Peak District, I spent much of my childhood scrambling around the national park with nets and jars, attempting to catch insects. Since then my fascination with natural history has continued to strengthen, and this motivated me to undertake a BSc Zoology with Conservation (Bangor University) and an MSc Biodiversity and Conservation (Leeds University). After graduating, I spent a year wading around in RSPB wetland reserves as a Warden Intern, performing practical habitat management with volunteers. I also spent two seasons as the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project’s Senior Research Assistant, monitoring upland wildlife. During this time I had the opportunity to observe Odonata in a range of habitats, and found that the more I learnt about their ecology the more I wanted to discover. I feel so fortunate that I now have a job that allows me to work with fellow dragonfly enthusiasts across the country, as well as contribute to the conservation of some of Britain’s most charismatic insects.
Andrea Hudspeth
Scotland Officer - Projects

Mobile: 07960 391297
Email
I became interested in natural history from a very early age probably going back as far as a toddler when I would watch birds feeding in the garden with my Mum. After spending a good few years working as a Manager within the Customer Service, Retail and Hospitality sectors I moved across to Adult Education Teaching and whilst there I became aware of the possibility of a career in nature conservation. I studied for my BSc at the University of Hull and since graduating I have worked for a number of conservation organisations and also ecological consultancies. I now have my own company offering wildlife tours in West Perthshire. My love of nature knows no bounds and working with dragonflies in going to be a sheer joy
Daniele Muir
Scotland Officer - Conservation

Mobile: 07749 768117
Email
I worked for the BDS from 2013 to 2017, with a break to study for an MSc in Sustainability in 2018. I am delighted to return to work with dragonflies, this time with more of an emphasis on the conservation of the rarer species in Scotland. I am looking forward to working with these beautiful insects again, as well as engaging volunteers to help improve habitats for dragonflies on our Hotspots, Key Sites and other wetlands.

For matters relating to outreach, engagement, media, events and volunteering please contact our Conservation Officer:

Eleanor Colver
Conservation Officer

c/o Natural England
Parkside Court
Hall Park Way
TELFORD, TF3 4LR

Mobile: 07792 231 925
Email
Growing up next to the Peak District, I spent much of my childhood scrambling around the national park with nets and jars, attempting to catch insects. Since then my fascination with natural history has continued to strengthen, and this motivated me to undertake a BSc Zoology with Conservation (Bangor University) and an MSc Biodiversity and Conservation (Leeds University). After graduating, I spent a year wading around in RSPB wetland reserves as a Warden Intern, performing practical habitat management with volunteers. I also spent two seasons as the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project’s Senior Research Assistant, monitoring upland wildlife. During this time I had the opportunity to observe Odonata in a range of habitats, and found that the more I learnt about their ecology the more I wanted to discover. I feel so fortunate that I now have a job that allows me to work with fellow dragonfly enthusiasts across the country, as well as contribute to the conservation of some of Britain’s most charismatic insects.

For matters relating to fundraising please contact our Fundraising Officer:

Sarah Miller
Fundraising Officer

16 Blacksmiths Field
Crowhurst
Battle
East Sussex
TN33 9AX

Email

For matters relating to dragonfly recording, BDS records database or our website please contact the Records Officer:

David Hepper
Records Officer

Telephone: 01252 721053
Mobile: 07768 452365
Email
My background in computing and degree in Biological Sciences should be useful in this role, having been a long-time supporter of the BDS. I'm also interested in local food, sustainable transport and the effects of rising human population on the natural world.

For more information about the British Dragonfly Society please contact the Secretary:

Carolyn Cooksey
Secretary

Ashcroft,
Brington Road,
Old Weston,
Huntingdon,
PE28 5LP

Email
I have been obsessed with dragonflies for quite a few years now, and spend as much time as possible watching them each summer.  I am lucky to have enjoyed several holidays in Europe focused on dragonflies, while at home I record sightings and try and improve my photography!  I have worked for Anglian Water for nearly 30 years in many roles from scientific to project management, and currently I lead a small team focused on gathering insights about our customers' priorities and preferences, which drive our future business planning.  I am also a volunteer Ranger at the Great Fen Project, managed by the Wildlife Trust.    I am delighted to be joining the Trustee Board of the BDS having been a keen member for some time, and hope I can use my experience and skills to benefit the society.

To join the Society go to our Membership page where you can now join online or download a membership application form.

Lynn Curry
Membership Officer

BDS Membership Office
23 Bowker Way
Whittlesey
PETERBOROUGH
PE7 1PY

Telephone: 01733 204286
Email

For financial matters please contact the Acting Treasurer:

Brian Walker
Chairman

I am a Chartered Mechanical Engineer who became a bird watcher while at school and gradually developed an interest in other wildlife. I was drawn into the dragonfly community when I bumped into someone looking at Variable Damselflies at Hatchmere in Cheshire and was recruited to help with the Cheshire Atlas and into BDS. I subsequently moved to Oxfordshire and became more involved while retaining my broader interests.

To purchase items from our shop please go to the BDS Shop where you can now order items online.

Peter Brown
Ordinary Trustee & Shop Manager

Hill House
Flag Hill
GREAT BENTLEY
CO7 8RE

Telephone: 01255 823400
Email
I’ve have been fascinated by wildlife since I was a young boy and I’m now fortunate enough to live on my own small nature reserve on the North East Essex coast. We have a nice variety of habitat on site, including deer passing through, birds from gold crests to marsh harriers and a good selection of insects including several dragonfly species. I work as an IT Consultant in the finance sector and I’m looking forward to helping run the BDS

Contributions to the Journal of the British Dragonfly Society should be sent to the Journal Editor:

Dr Peter Mill
Journal Editor

8 Cookridge Grove
LEEDS
LS16 7LH

Email

To contribute comments or ideas for Dragonfly News or Darter, the BDS Magazines, or to discuss possible items for inclusion, please contact the Magazine Editor:

Eleanor Colver
Conservation Officer

c/o Natural England
Parkside Court
Hall Park Way
TELFORD, TF3 4LR

Mobile: 07792 231 925
Email
Growing up next to the Peak District, I spent much of my childhood scrambling around the national park with nets and jars, attempting to catch insects. Since then my fascination with natural history has continued to strengthen, and this motivated me to undertake a BSc Zoology with Conservation (Bangor University) and an MSc Biodiversity and Conservation (Leeds University). After graduating, I spent a year wading around in RSPB wetland reserves as a Warden Intern, performing practical habitat management with volunteers. I also spent two seasons as the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project’s Senior Research Assistant, monitoring upland wildlife. During this time I had the opportunity to observe Odonata in a range of habitats, and found that the more I learnt about their ecology the more I wanted to discover. I feel so fortunate that I now have a job that allows me to work with fellow dragonfly enthusiasts across the country, as well as contribute to the conservation of some of Britain’s most charismatic insects.

For matters related to the Dragonfly Conservation Group, research and grant applications contact the Dragonfly Conservation Group (DCG) Convenor:

Pam Taylor
DCG Convenor

Decoy Farm, Decoy Rd,
POTTER HEIGHAM
Norfolk, NR29 5LX

Telephone: 01692 670311
Email
My childhood interest in bird-watching expanded over the years to include other wildlife including mammals, butterflies and finally, in 1986, dragonflies. This interest in dragonflies and their wetland habitats coincided with surveys for a Norfolk dragonfly atlas. I soon became involved in recording activities and by the mid-1990s I was Norfolk’s County Recorder. I first became a BDS Trustee in 2000; taking over as Dragonfly Conservation Group Convenor in 2001. I was elected BDS President in 2008 and served in that capacity for five years. Following a break from national duties, I once again became DCG Convenor early in 2016. My main interests remain with dragonfly conservation and all the work I do is aimed at protecting their habitats and making people more aware of this fascinating group of insects.

If you have any comments or suggestions regarding this web site please contact the Webmaster:

David Hepper
Records Officer

Telephone: 01252 721053
Mobile: 07768 452365
Email
My background in computing and degree in Biological Sciences should be useful in this role, having been a long-time supporter of the BDS. I'm also interested in local food, sustainable transport and the effects of rising human population on the natural world.

To register your event in the Dragonfly News magazine (deadline: end of January) or to discuss organising a field meeting, contact the Field Meetings Organiser:

Mike Averill
Field Meetings Organizer

Telephone: 01562 638571
Email

For enquiries and comments relating to migrant and rare species contact our Odonata Rarities Committee:

 

Adrian Parr
Migrant Dragonflies Project Coordinator

10 Orchard Way, Barrow, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP29 5BX

Telephone: 01284 810 465
Email

For queries and requests for BDS publications contact the Librarian/Archivist:

 

Dave Goddard
Librarian/Archivist

30 Cliffe Hall Avenue
Stapleford
NOTTINGHAM
NG9 7HD

Email

Chairman and Trustees

Brian Walker
Chairman

I am a Chartered Mechanical Engineer who became a bird watcher while at school and gradually developed an interest in other wildlife. I was drawn into the dragonfly community when I bumped into someone looking at Variable Damselflies at Hatchmere in Cheshire and was recruited to help with the Cheshire Atlas and into BDS. I subsequently moved to Oxfordshire and became more involved while retaining my broader interests.
Carolyn Cooksey
Secretary

Ashcroft,
Brington Road,
Old Weston,
Huntingdon,
PE28 5LP

Email
I have been obsessed with dragonflies for quite a few years now, and spend as much time as possible watching them each summer.  I am lucky to have enjoyed several holidays in Europe focused on dragonflies, while at home I record sightings and try and improve my photography!  I have worked for Anglian Water for nearly 30 years in many roles from scientific to project management, and currently I lead a small team focused on gathering insights about our customers' priorities and preferences, which drive our future business planning.  I am also a volunteer Ranger at the Great Fen Project, managed by the Wildlife Trust.    I am delighted to be joining the Trustee Board of the BDS having been a keen member for some time, and hope I can use my experience and skills to benefit the society.
Peter Brown
Ordinary Trustee & Shop Manager

Hill House
Flag Hill
GREAT BENTLEY
CO7 8RE

Telephone: 01255 823400
Email
I’ve have been fascinated by wildlife since I was a young boy and I’m now fortunate enough to live on my own small nature reserve on the North East Essex coast. We have a nice variety of habitat on site, including deer passing through, birds from gold crests to marsh harriers and a good selection of insects including several dragonfly species. I work as an IT Consultant in the finance sector and I’m looking forward to helping run the BDS
Pam Taylor
DCG Convenor

Decoy Farm, Decoy Rd,
POTTER HEIGHAM
Norfolk, NR29 5LX

Telephone: 01692 670311
Email
My childhood interest in bird-watching expanded over the years to include other wildlife including mammals, butterflies and finally, in 1986, dragonflies. This interest in dragonflies and their wetland habitats coincided with surveys for a Norfolk dragonfly atlas. I soon became involved in recording activities and by the mid-1990s I was Norfolk’s County Recorder. I first became a BDS Trustee in 2000; taking over as Dragonfly Conservation Group Convenor in 2001. I was elected BDS President in 2008 and served in that capacity for five years. Following a break from national duties, I once again became DCG Convenor early in 2016. My main interests remain with dragonfly conservation and all the work I do is aimed at protecting their habitats and making people more aware of this fascinating group of insects.
Tim Coleshaw
Vice-Chair

Email
I have recently retired from a career in countryside and wildlife management, latterly with Natural England where I was responsible for the management of National Nature Reserves in the West Midlands, including a key site for White-faced Darter.  For the last 20 years I have acted as host for and worked alongside the BDS Conservation Officers in NE’s Shrewsbury and Telford offices so have a good knowledge of the Society. Apart from invertebrate conservation my main interests are photography and sailing.

Title image: Common Blue Damselfly by Bruce Hyde