1. Online Recording

This is the preferred method for submitting records. There are several ways to do this.


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 BRC, and thence to the NBN Gateway for public viewing.

NOTE: Please ensure that you use the BDS recording form to submit your dragonfly records. This can be found by selecting the RECORDS menu, then ACTIVITIES. You need to select the star to add the BDS form to your favourites. If you fail to add the form as a favourite it will not let you use it to enter records.

iRecord Quick Links

Enter a single dragonfly record
Enter a list of dragonfly records for a single site

2. Spreadsheet

If you have many records to submit, you can put these into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and email it to the relevant Vice-county Recorder.

Yorkshire Recorders are as follows:-
VC61 – Martin Roberts –
VC62 – Keith Gittens –
VC63 – Alistair McLean –
VC64 – Simon Joseph –
VC65 – Keith Gittens –

Please use the following headings in this sequence (headings in bold are essential information):

Recorder (you)
Determiner (whoever made the identification)
Locality (name)
Grid Reference (OS, ideally at least 6-figure)
VC number (Vice-county as in the list of Dragonfly Recorders)
Date (dd/mm/yyyy)
Record Type (usually a Field Record)
Species Name (English or scientific)
Ad (total number of adults)
Co (number of copulating pairs)
Ov (number of ovipositing females)
La (number of larvae)
Ex (number of exuviae)
Em (number of newly-emerged adults)
Site List (insert 1 if the record is from a complete list of species at the site on that day).

Each entry in columns Ad to Em should include either:

+ present but not counted;

N, where N is the total number counted; or

An abundance code: A (1), B (2-5), C (6-20), D (21-100), E (101-500), F (501 or more).