British Damselflies Credits

British Damselflies is the culmination of eight summers filming and many hours editing. The original objective was to create a DVD that would be an aid to the identification of both dragonflies and damselflies.

From the outset of filming I was recording aspects of the insects’ life cycles and behaviour as well as clips for identification purposes that included immature and over mature individuals.

In consequence, this DVD starts with an Introduction offering tips on how to use it and explaining the natural history of both dragonflies and damselflies with particular reference to their anatomy, predators, life cycle, behaviour and habitats.

With so much information to share, I have had to concentrate

on damselflies initially, making a short film on each species

which is usually divided into four parts:

Habitat views are included along with graphics showing distribution and flight seasons. Similar damselfly species are compared and if you need a longer look at a specific view hit the ‘pause’ button. In addition, all the species in some family groups (eg. Emerald Damselflies) are compared side by side.

The running time for the Introduction is approximately 60 minutes and the running time for the Damselfly Species Films is approximately 90 minutes. 19 of the 20 breeding British species are described plus the only vagrant and a couple of potential visitors. The recently rediscovered Dainty Damselfly is included on the Dragonfly DVD although it is extremely rare and local.

The companion DVD on dragonfly identification covers just over 30 species . With only about 60 species in total, learning their IDs is a far less daunting task than it is with the hundreds of bird species to be seen. Scroll down to view some video examples.

Graham Sherwin                                 

To view some video examples click the button in the centre of the screen to the left. The Small Red Damselfly Introduction will play first. It should play automaticlly at 480p resolution.

To view the other clips click on the Youtube button bottom right, search for gswild and choose from the clips offered.

The examples are:

Dragonflies and Damselflies feeding

Small Red Damselfly, Introduction

Emerald Damselfly, male

Red-eyed Damselfly, female

Blue-tailed Damselfly, breeding

Emerald Damselflies, males

Black Darter, Introduction

Broad-bodied Chaser, male

Golden-ringed Dragonfly, female

Hairy Dragonfly, breeding

Chasers and Skimmers

Southern Migrant Hawker, male

Video Examples

I would like to acknowledge the reference material used in making this DVD and the companion volume on dragonflies:

Brooks, S. (1997) ‘Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Great Britain and Ireland’.

Cham, S. (2004) ‘The Dragonflies of Bedfordshire’.

Corbet, P. (1999) ‘Dragonflies: Behaviour and Ecology of Odonata’.

Corbet, P. and Brooks, S. (2008) ‘Dragonflies’.

Dijkstra, K-D. B.(2006) ‘Field Guide to the Dragonflies of Britain and Europe’.

Dudley, S., Dudley, C. and Mackay, A. (2007) ‘Watching British Dragonflies’.

Grand, D. and Boudot, J-P. (2006) ‘Les Libellules de France, Belgique et Luxembourg’.

Hammond, C.O. (1983) ‘The Dragonflies of Great Britain’. 2nd edition revised by Merritt, R.

Hill, P. and Twist, C. (1998) ‘Butterflies and Dragonflies a Site Guide’.

Merritt, R., Moore, N. W. And Eversham, B. C. (1997) ‘Atlas of the dragonflies of Britain and Ireland’.

The National Biodiversity Network Gateway at

Nelson, B. and Thompson, R. (2004) ‘The Natural History of Ireland’s Dragonflies’.

Smallshire, D. and Swash, A. (2004) ‘Britain’s Dragonflies’.

Powell, D. (1999) ‘A Guide to the Dragonflies of Great Britain’.

Plus several BDS Journals

Go to the BDS web site at

Filming, editing, narration and artwork:

Graham Sherwin.

          Telephone: 01760 724136


Address: The Beeches, Sporle Road,

Little Dunham, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE32 2DG