Adult dragonflies survey for PondNet

Adult dragonfly surveys involve visiting a single pond, five times per year in the summer season to identify and record adult dragonflies seen on a walk around the pond.



Dragonflies can be tricky to identify on the wing, so it’s valuable to have previous experience.  An average sized pond will take around 45 min to survey, but longer if the pond is large.


The survey method is directly compatible with the British Dragonfly Society’s Dragonfly Recording Network methodology.

  • Look at our online information about dragonfly surveys and download the survey forms.
  • Undertake a visual search for adult dragonflies during a walk around the edge of the focal pond in your square on five sunny days, spread approximately monthly between May and September. Fewer visits are also valuable: with the main aim to collect data from at least one early, one mid-season and one late season survey in favourable weather conditions, to record the full range of species that emerge.
  • Enter your records online.

Find everything you need to join in on our Volunteer Starter Pack and PondNet Survey Option pages.

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