Useful books

There are many books on dragonflies and damselflies, below is a selection of recommended titles.

  • Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Great Britain and Ireland
    Steve Brooks and Richard Lewington
    British Wildlife Press – ISBN 0953139905

This is the most useful field guide for use in the UK. Well written and illustrated, it’s easy to use and identify British species.

  • Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Britain and Europe
    Klaas-Douwe B Dijkstra and Richard Lewington
    British Wildlife Press – ISBN 0953139948

Similar to the Brooks & Lewington guide, but more up to date. Comprehensive, but covering all of Europe makes it harder to locate British species.

  • Britain’s Dragonflies – 2nd Edition
    Dave Smallshire and Andy Swash
    WILDGuides – ISBN 1903657296

A long awaited revision, this is a good guide to British species. Well illustrated with excellent photos and identification charts. There is a useful iPhone app version of the book available.

  • Dragonflies of Bedfordshire
    Steve Cham
    Bedfordshire Natural History Society – ISBN 0950652172

An excellent book covering the species occurring in Bedfordshire, with lots of useful local information regarding species distribution and sites, first and last dates etc.

  • Dragonflies
    Philip Corbet and Stephen Brooks
    Collins New Naturalist Library – ISBN 978-0007151691

A detailed account of every aspect of Dragonfly life.

  • Dragonflies
    Steve Brooks
    The Natural History Museum – ISBN 0565091808

A good general book on Dragonflies, covering all aspects of the life-cycle of Dragonflies and Damselflies and the world wide diversity of Odonata.

  • Dragonflies of the World
    Jill Silsby
    The Natural History Museum – ISBN 0565091654

A very well illustrated general book that looks at all aspects of Odonata, covering all families of Dragonflies and Damselflies around the globe.