Press & Media Archive

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  • 14th June 2013

    The British Dragonfly Society will be holding two courses entitled ‘Identification Skills for Delivering Dragonfly Walks’.  These are at WWT Llanelli and Rhydymwyn, near Mold. 

  • Onychogomphus forcipatus unguiculatus
    9th May 2013

    Nuno Loureiro, a biologist from the University of Algarve, Portugal has recently launched a website entirely dedicated to the dragonfly fauna of the region ( If you are planning a holiday in the Algarve, you can now share your dragonfly sightings from the region and add to the records stored in their database, making them available to everyone.

  • Northern Damselfly
    29th April 2013

    Scottish Natural Heritage has just approved a new two-year grant for the BDS. It will enable us to expand our conservation work in Scotland, as well as raise public awareness of dragonflies within the country. This adds to the grant already obtained from Natural Resources Wales and our partnership agreement with the Environment Agency.

  • Large Red Damselfly - David Kitching
    18th April 2013

    A Large Red Damselfy was seen on Sunday 14th April in Norfolk.  This is the first sighting of an adult dragonfly or damselfly in 2013.  Keep an eye out for emerging dragonflies if you are near a waterbody! Species that emerge early in the year include the Large Red Damselfly, Banded Demoiselle, Broad-bodied Chaser, Four-spotted Chaser and Hairy Dragonfly. Don't forget to enter your record on our recording page too.

  • Ingrid Twissell
    26th March 2013

    It was extremely pleasing that the recent British Dragonfly Society’s Recorders’ Conference opened with a special award. A signed Ruddy Darter print by artist Richard Lewington was presented to Ingrid Twissell by BDS President Pam Taylor to mark the one millionth dragonfly record to be sent to the BDS.

  • Emerald Damselflies Les Gibbon
    5th March 2013

    Your chance to win a prestigious photography award and cash prize of £5,000. Winners and commended entrants will have their work showcased in a touring exhibition and stunning book. The overall prize fund is worth £20,000.

  • 20th February 2013

    The British Dragonfly Society (BDS) has just chosen this stunning shot as the winner of its Large Red Damselfly photographic competition. The winning entry by Martin Černý from the Czech Republic will now feature on the front of a BDS citizen science postcard in Scotland.

  • BRC Workshop
    30th January 2013

    To mark 30 years of dragonfly recording, we are joining with the Biological Records Centre to present the BDS Recorders Conference and BRC Workshop at CEH Wallingford on Saturday 16 March 2013.  The event will launch the new dragonfly recording initiative DragonWatch.   All dragonfly recorders, national recording scheme representatives and interested individuals are welcome to attend.

  • 7th February 2013

    The BDS has supported a manual produced by the WWT and RSPB on sustainable drainage systems.  The manual gives detailed advice on how new developments can prevent flooding whilst benefiting wildlife and local people.  It includes digging more ponds and filtering run-off so that cleaner water reaches our rivers and streams.

  • 21st January 2013

    Have you got a photo of a Large Red Damselfly?  This year the subject of the BDS photo competition is the Large Red Damselfly.  The winning photo will be used for our citizen science postcard in Scotland.  Deadline for entries is 31st January!