New Vacancy: BDS Trustees

We are looking for three new trustees to join the BDS team! What difference will you make? As a Trustee of the British Dragonfly Society you will contribute to the effective delivery of good governance through active participation in Board discussions and decision making. You will play a key role in the leadership, strategic and…

POST review of freshwater habitat restoration in the UK

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) works to ensure that the best research evidence is brought to bear on the legislative process of Government. POST recently published a report reviewing evidence relating to the restoration of freshwater habitats in the UK. Overall the report highlights the value of freshwater wetlands and how many…

New free guide to pond restoration, creation and management.

Two thirds of the ponds in England and Wales have been lost; the countryside is littered with dried out farmland ponds, over shaded by tree growth. Many freshwater species are now rare or threatened, and ponds provide an important refuge for them. This new guide aims to assist land managers in restoring and creating new…

New Vacancy: Scotland Conservation Officer

British Dragonfly Society Scotland Conservation Officer Reporting to: Development and Operations Manager and Trustees of BDS Responsible for: Managing BDS conservation work in Scotland including managing volunteers and contractors Hours: Full-time (37.5 hours). Permanent contract. Salary band: £28,000-£32,000 (It is our policy to recruit at the beginning of the salary band) Location: Scotland – the…

Donate your spare exuviae

Have you got a stash of spare exuviae? Please consider donating them to the BDS! They are a vital resource we need to teach the life cycle and larvae/exuviae identification. Please post them to: British Dragonfly Society c/o Natural England Parkside Court Hall Park Way TELFORD, TF3 4LR   Thank you!   Image by Bruce…

Buglife completes Important Invertebrate Areas Map for Wales

Wales has become the first country in the world with a map of its most important areas for insects and other invertebrates – a vital source of information to help guide nature recovery in Wales. The network of 17 Important Invertebrate Areas (IIAs) cover 1,344km2 of Wales and are home to nationally or internationally significant…

Read the White-legged Damselfly Investigation final report

The final report on the White-legged Damselfly Investigation citizen science project is now available to download here. From 2018 to 2022 over 700 volunteers assisted the BDS in mapping the distribution of the White-legged Damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes) across England and Wales with the aim of assessing changes in the species’ occupancy (geographic area within which…