Scottish Hotspots Project

The British Dragonfly Society runs the Scottish Hotspots Project with the dual aim of getting people closer to dragonflies and improving dragonflies’ wetland habitats across Scotland.


Our hotspots are special places, chosen for a combination of good dragonfly and damselfly assemblages, easy access for visitors and a thriving local community keen to get involved with dragonfly conservation and events. All our hotspots provide fantastic views of dragonflies, allowing people to enjoy watching them glide and zoom around ponds and lochs on warm, sunny days.

During the spring and summer, we run courses, walks and other events at our hotspots while in autumn and winter we carry out volunteer work parties aimed at improving dragonfly habitats on the sites. We also work with the rangers and other staff at our hotspots to ensure the best management for dragonflies.

For details on all our hotspots, the species you are likely to see and how to get there, click here.


Get Involved


You can visit any of our hotspots and enjoy watching dragonflies and damselflies, as well as spotting some of the other exciting species found across the 10 sites.

If you’d like to learn more about the dragonflies of Scotland, why not take part in one of our walks, talks or courses held at our range of hotspots? Information on upcoming events can be found here.

For the chance to do something positive for dragonflies, you can take part in one of our work parties which are held across our hotspots through autumn, winter and early spring. All are welcome, regardless of experience. All you need is enthusiasm and wellies! For details of upcoming work parties, click here.

If you've got a question about the Scottish Hotspots Project, get in touch with our Scotland Officer, Andrea Hudspeth, at: