Get Closer to the Dragonflies of your Favourite Wetland

Following on from the 2014 Atlas of Dragonflies and Damselflies in Britain and Ireland, the BDS aims to produce a State of Dragonflies 2020 report.

We are currently undergoing one of the greatest periods of change in dragonfly distribution, with a number of species newly colonising the UK and spreading at an unprecedented rate. At the same time, climate change is raising interesting questions on an uncertain future for some of our species. In response to this, the BDS plans to release a State of Dragonflies 2020 report next year, with trend analyses revealing how our breeding species have fared since the Atlas. We now have only the 2019 flight season remaining in which to collect more data.

The Atlas pulled together the thousands of hours’ work given by volunteer dragonfly recorders, producing a remarkably thorough account of the current distribution of British dragonfly and damselfly populations. Not only does this let us know how dragonflies were faring up to 2014, but it also gives an excellent reference point for future comparisons.

With the help of the Biological Records Centre, we are now in the process of analysing the records in our database. We aim to produce the report by the end of this year.