National Dragonfly Atlas


The National Dragonfly Atlas - 2008 to 2013

Atlas progress May 2012

The Dragonflies in Focus Project, including the National Dragonfly Atlas was launched by Chris Packham on 24th April 2008 at the Natural History Museum, London.  The aim of this project is to update the known distribution of British dragonfly and damselfly species over a period of five years.  Publication of a new national atlas is scheduled for 2013 to coincide with the thirtieth anniversary of the BDS.

A new national atlas is urgently required.  Climate change is contributing to increasingly earlier spring emergence and change in the range of a number of our species.  In addition, new species are becoming established in Britain, as demonstrated by the recent rapid spread of the Small Red-eyed Damselfly.  We are living through a dynamic change in our dragonfly fauna and need to record this information, thereby providing evidence for future assessment of the impact climate change and other environmental factors are having on our dragonfly fauna.

To succeed in this ambitious project good national coverage is needed.  The more volunteers that get involved, especially in the traditionally under-recorded areas of Scotland, Ireland and northern England, the more information on the status of our dragonfly and damselfly species can be gathered. This will not only allow the production of a high quality national atlas but also provide a good baseline of information that can be used for the future benefit of dragonfly conservation.
You can help with recording the dragonflies and damselflies in your local area or further afield.

You can help with recording the dragonflies and damselflies in your local area or further afield


How are we doing?

As we enter the final year of the five year project the map on the right shows progress after four recording seasons.  The red squares shows 10km squares with no records or recorded before 2000.  The yellow squares have been recorded in 2000 or after and the number of species is less than the target number.  Green squares have records from 2000 and after with the number of species exceeding the target.

Taking part

 Below are some steps that you can take to make a contribution to this project:

  • Help us achieve total national recording coverage and volunteer to record in one or more 10-km squares.  Your local dragonfly recorder will be able to tell you where the gaps are in your local area. Can you help fill in these gaps?  The Dragonflies in Focus Officer can also supply you with this information either locally or nationally.  Any records you gather are important so please send them in to your local recorder.

  • Join in one of many field meetings and training events These events will be published in the diary pages and spring issue of the Society's Dragonfly News. A number of additional training events will be organised as part of the atlas project. If there are no events in your local area why not help organise one?

  • Keep up-to-date with progress Check the website and this page for regular progress reports.  Click on the map below to see progress in your area.

  • Spread the word! Let as many people know about the project as possible, including local natural history societies, site wardens and other wildlife groups.  Further infoprmation is available from the Records Officer.

Click on the map below to see progress in your area.


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