Join as a member to support our work saving species and also receive by post our three printed publications: Dragonfly News, Darter and the Journal of the British Dragonfly Society, plus by email our monthly e-newsletter Hawker.

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Dragonfly News

Published and distributed to members twice a year in Spring and Autumn, Dragonfly News includes a diverse mix of news and articles on the Society and dragonfly topics more generally.  The focus is on dragonflies recorded in the UK and features include members photos and dragonfly stories, focuses on particular dragonfly sites and what to find there and features articles from members, experts and others active in the field of dragonflies, an extensive ‘Young Naturalist’ section aimed at younger Dragonfly fans, plus much more.

We welcome articles for inclusion in Dragonfly News. If you are interested in writing an article for our magazine, contact our Conservation Outreach Officer.

Darter Magazine

Darter is the annual magazine for dragonfly recorders, received by members each spring. The magazine includes updates on BDS recording projects, the latest news on migrant dragonflies and reports from our Local Dragonfly Recorders from around the UK, keeping you up to date with all the dragonfly news from your local area. The magazine also has feature articles on recording projects carried out by other enthusiasts, guaranteed to inspire you to get out there and record dragonflies.

If you would like to write an article for Darter, contact our Conservation Officer.

Hawker e-Newsletter

Our e-newsletter is sent out monthly to members by email. Named Hawker, it is packed with news, links to features and notices of upcoming events.

Most of the stories are available on our Latest News page.

BDS Journal

Journal of the British Dragonfly SocietyThe highly respected Journal of the British Dragonfly Society is published and distributed to members twice a year. It contains articles relating to dragonflies and damselflies and their habitats, covering mainly the UK but also looking at European species where there is relevance to the UK. Articles are written by academics and amateurs and reviewed by experts prior to publication.

Articles for publication can be submitted by anyone and assistance can be provided to help a new author.

Articles for publication should be sent to the Editor:

P. J. Mill
8 Cookridge Grove
Leeds LS16 7LH


The following indexes are available to locate a particular article:

Index to Contents by Volume

Index to Contents by Species

Index to Contents by Author

A printed copy of a particular article can be obtained by application to our Conservation Officer. It will be provided free of charge to students.  Others will be asked for a small donation to the Society to contribute to costs.

PDF scans of Journal back-issues are being progressively made available below. The list is incomplete and the early scans are not at a high resolution, for which we apologise.

Title image : Ruddy Darter by Gordon Gray