BDS Grants

British Dragonfly Society

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Grant amount: Up to £250

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: United Kingdom

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Age restriction: No more than 25 years of age

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British Dragonfly Society

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. We have three main aims: to carry out and support research on dragonflies, to conserve dragonflies and to engage the public with dragonflies and their wetland habitats.

Grants and Research

The BDS encourages research that will help improve our understanding of dragonfly biology and guide the conservation and management of dragonfly sites.

Research Grants

To encourage the research into dragonfly biology and ecology the British Dragonfly Society has a grant available for its members.

Grants of up to £250 are available for each application.

The purpose of the fund is to provide some financial support to small odonatological research projects. Potential research topics can be anything that may further our biological or ecological knowledge, or support the conservation of British dragonflies.

Previous example An investigation into the relationships between ditch vegetation and invertebrates, particularly larval hawker dragonflies, at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB Reserve. The area of study was chosen with particular reference to Norfolk Hawker and its possible connection with Water Soldier plants. The potential predation of hawker larvae by some water beetles was also looked at.

Previous example Monitoring of White-faced Darter in Cheshire where some tiny populations had been declining and have since disappeared. The environmental reasons for this decline required investigation and the project made several suggestions for management changes to favour the species concerned.

This fund was established in recognition of two great odonatologists and their contributions to the BDS. Philip Corbet was founding President of the BDS and a leading expert in odonate biology. Norman Moore was a champion of dragonfly conservation. Norman established the BDS Dragonfly Conservation Group in 1986 and was its first Convenor.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Grants will not normally be awarded for projects outside the UK.