The British Dragonfly Society (BDS) was founded in 1983 by a small group of dragonfly enthusiasts and scientists. The Society has grown substantially since that time and the current BDS membership of about 1,500 is spread the length and breadth of the country, as well as into Europe and beyond.
Within the BDS there are two main inter-linked areas of interest, dragonfly recording and dragonfly conservation.
Records help us to understand the value of a site and added notes about population size and breeding behaviour allow us to assess the importance of an area for species survival. Dragonflies are good indicators of the health of a habitat, so any variation in distribution or population size can indicate changes on a wider environmental scale.
In order to conserve dragonflies, their habitats and the other species groups associated with them, we need to know about the environment that supports this assemblage, but we also need to inform others about it. Education and training are important weapons in conservation. People need to appreciate something in order to want to preserve it, so providing information to an ever widening audience is an important job for the BDS.