Support the BDS while you shop on Amazon

Stock up on good karma while you shop with Amazon Smile. Select the British Dragonfly Society as your chosen charity and Amazon will donate a small percentage of your purchase to us! Competing for funding during the Covid pandemic has been tougher than ever so we’re grateful for every penny donated to help us continue … Continued

Download the Dragonflies in Devon by Dave Smallshire

Dave Smallshire, veteran County Dragonfly Recorder for Devon, has released a guide to the county’s Dragonflies, which you can download here, or from the Devon BDS page. The guide provides and in depth account of the county’s species as well as the history of dragonfly recording in Devon.   Image by Richard Munckton

PhD opportunity studying Irish Damselfly at Belfast University

QUADRAT studentship UK and all international students are eligible Deadline: 18/01/2021   Main objectives of the project: 1) To determine the phylogenetic relationship of the Irish Damselfly to the other populations across Europe; 2) To investigate the species population genetics (connectivity, effective population size, levels of inbreeding, etc.) within Ireland; 3) To develop integrative models … Continued

‘Ecological vandalism’ on the River Lugg

A mile of the River Lugg, near Kingsland, has been illegal bulldozed and straightened while the surrounding trees have been cut down. The River Lugg is designated a SSSI, site of special scientific interest, due to its high ecological value. The river support numerous species of dragonfly, as well as protected species such as Otter. … Continued

Our Bright Future projects

Through outreach and training the Our Bright Future Project is enabling young people to drive for a sustainable future. Project achievements so far: To date, the programme has engaged more than 115,000 young people. Young people have gained more than 6,200 qualifications such as e.g. OCN, NVQs, John Muir, DofE Award, AQA. More than 500 young people have entered into … Continued

Late Willow Emeralds

By Adrian Parr:   The Willow Emerald Damselfly (pictured above) – a recent colonist to Britain – is a late season species, and is typically the last damselfly to be seen on the wing each year. This year, the benign autumn has resulted in a number of unusually late sightings, with reports even from Bedfordshire … Continued