Dragonflies and damselflies are beautiful insects and spectacular aviators with a fascinating life cycle, which appeals to people of all ages. They are excellent bio-indicators of the health of our wetlands. The British Dragonfly Society (BDS) is a membership charity and the world’s largest organisation dedicated to the study and conservation of dragonflies, damselflies and their wetland habitats.

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. The BDS is an enthusiastic and friendly charity.  We welcome anyone with an interest in dragonflies and damselflies. Click here to join now.

Some of the Benefits of Membership:

  • Magazine

    We produce a magazine, "Dragonfly News", twice a year, with news from the dragonfly world and BDS member activities.

  • Journal

    The BDS Journal, published twice a year, is internationally respected and contains some of the latest research into dragonfly biology and behaviour.

  • Field Trips

    A programme of field trips is organised through the summer where experts introduce members to the environment and species of national sites.

  • Meetings

    Members 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.