Become a member of the British Dragonfly Society – only £20, or £30 for joint membership!  We have over 1,600 members and increasing this number will enable us to undertake and deliver more conservation, education and recording projects which benefit our dragonflies and damselflies.

Membership normally runs from the 1st April to the 30th March each year.

From Only £20 A Year


Here are some of the benefits of being a member:

  • Magazine – You will receive a magazine, “Dragonfly News”, twice a year, with news from the dragonfly world and BDS member activities.
  • Journal – You will also receive the BDS Journal, which is published twice a year. It is internationally respected and contains some of the latest research into dragonfly biology and behaviour.
  • Monthly E-newsletter: Hawker – You will also receive a monthly newsletter which you will be sent via email. This will keep you informed with all the latest news, updates, sightings and research from the world of dragonflies.
  • Field Trips – You can attend field trips which are organised through the summer where experts will introduce you to the environment and species of national importance.
  • Meetings – As a member, you are invited to our Annual Meeting & AGM in the Autumn with illustrated talks, exhibitions, shop, stalls and a chance to meet like-minded naturalists. There is also a Spring Meeting each year to get everyone ready for the new season.
  • Recording – You will receive details of how to take part in the Dragonfly Recording Network and an annual magazine, “Darter”, with the latest recording news.
  • Conservation – By joining, you will be supporting a wetland conservation society that is a valued advisor to government agencies, the RSPB, the National Trust and private landowners.
  • Local Groups – You will receive details of your local group where you can meet other members

BDS Membership

Ordinary member
Single membership
Joint membership
2 people living at the same address, will receive a single copy of our mailings
Benefactor member
For an additional £20 per annum you will enjoy all the usual membership benefits with the added satisfaction that you are contributing further to our vitally-important work.
Overseas member
Anyone living outside the UK

Title image: Red-eyed Damselfly by Iain Leach