For definitive information about how to record your sightings of dragonflies as well as current dragonfly projects, please refer to the relevant pages on the British Dragonfly Society’s website at the following address:-
Your own sightings in Cheshire can be submitted in one of the following ways:
1. On-line using iRecord – our preferred method
The BDS dragonfly dataset is stored at the UK Biological Records Centre (BRC), where the iRecord wildlife recording site was developed. It is “a site for managing and sharing your wildlife records” and is most useful for entering records at home via a computer. After review, dragonfly records go straight into the BDS database housed by the BRC, and thence to the NBN Atlas for public viewing. For best results, we strongly encourage you to use the custom form developed by the BDS which includes our custom fields for abundance and life-stage. iRecord is also available as a new app which you can download onto your tablet or smartphone from the Apple or Android stores.
2. Spreadsheet & Email
If you have many records to submit and prefer to use email, you can put these into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. Please request our latest BDS Recording Scheme spreadsheet template by email from Chris or John which will make our task of inputting records into iRecord easier. The spreadsheet template will guide you towards completion of those parameters essential for a complete sighting i.e. Your Name/Location/Grid Reference/Date/Species/Numbers/Life-stage
Ideally a photo of the specimen(s) should also be sent by email to Chris and John at
This is not absolutely essential but is oh so useful in confirming an identification. Additionally, the best images may be used (with your permission) in our blog in order to encourage others to get out and about with a camera.