Books: British Isles

Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Great Britain and Ireland (Brooks/Lewington)
Hardly a snappy title but an excellent paperback field guide for those restricting their observations to the British Isles. This shares the excellent Richard Lewington’s illustrations of the Djikstra/Lewington European field guide (above). This has a very useful section on some of the dragonfly hot-spots to visit.
ISBN: 978-0-9531399-0-3 (paperback)
Britain’s Dragonflies (Smallshire/Swash)
An excellent paperback photographic field guide, produced by WILDGuides and complete with protective plastic cover, crammed with information including lifecycle, larvae identification, where to look – everything, really. Absolutely perfect for those restricting their Odonata hunting activities to the UK.
ISBN: 978-1-903657-29-4 (paperback)
Atlas of Dragonflies in Britain and Ireland (Edited by Cham/Nelson/Parr/Prentice/Smallshire/Taylor)
Definitely not a field guide but a wonderfully produced, large format reference work crammed with encyclopædic information covering all the species resident in the British Isles, together with occasional migrants/vagrants. Several photographs from this website feature in its pages.
ISBN: 978-1-906698-49-2 (hardback)
Published by and available from the Field Studies Council.

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