National Dragonfly Atlas


The National Dragonfly Atlas - 2008 to 2013

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 was to update the known distribution of British dragonfly and damselfly species over a period of five years and the Atlas was published in 2014, just after the thirtieth anniversary of the BDS.

The Atlas is now available to buy from our Shop.

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.

Taking part

 Below are some steps that made a contribution to this project:

  • National recording coverage by volunteers to record in one or more 10-km squares, under guidance from local County Dragonfly Recorders.

  • Field meetings and training events These events continue to be published in the Upcoming Events pages and in the Spring issue of the Society's Dragonfly News magazine. A number of additional training events were organised as part of the atlas project.

  • Keeping up-to-date with progress by checking the website and this page for regular progress reports. 

  • Spreading the word by telling local natural history societies, site wardens and other wildlife groups.

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


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