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We offer a wide range of dragonfly holidays

Dragonfly Watching Holidays

Dragonflies are certainly not for the faint-hearted! They are fearsome insects – if you are their size or smaller! They are also dazzlingly beautiful, with a wide array of hues and forms. Our dragonfly tours take you to some of Europe’s top habitats where we have the best chances of witnessing a range of species and their behaviour.


I am excited about the new Sardinia dragonfly tour – it has about 35 species, most of which are not found in the UK, and its proximity to Africa means it hosts some rather exotic species such as Banded Groundlings. Island Bluetail will interest the real enthusiast, whereas Copper Demoiselles are a bit easier to find.

David Smallshire
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We like to respond to your specific wildlife interests and, in recent years, we have had an increasing number of requests for dedicated dragonfly holidays. We are pleased to be able to offer a selection of tours which focus on exploring habitats where some of Europe’s most diverse and spectacular dragonfly species are found.

All of our dragonfly tours are accompanied by at least one specialist leader. On some tours there may be a second leader with a different area of natural history expertise. Some highlights of our dragonfly holidays may include: observing clouds of damselflies as they emerge in late spring from pools, watching them hover over a lake or stretch of grassland, or witnessing a fight to the death between territorial males.

We’re equally comfortable providing opportunities for the dedicated enthusiast to debate the finer points of identification with our expert guide, or to simply enjoy their beautiful display of colours and forms.

Though we enjoy dragonflies on many of our holidays, here is a selection of our dedicated dragonfly-watching holidays:


Couldn't have asked for better leaders. Both Nick and Cora were great fun. Nick, especially, performed above and beyond the call of duty. I had a target of 35 species of Odonata. It was very pleasing to see many more than that AND to photograph them.
We enjoyed the tour immensely. Overall, the tour was excellent: a very enjoyable and relaxing holiday, perfect for high summer in Provence. The tour leaders and the hotel were outstanding; the hosts were excellent and food was outstanding. Ian and Nick did exceptionally well for the picnics.

Bulgaria's Dragonflies

I enjoyed this trip very much; it had beautiful scenery and good nature watching. The highest praise is due to the local team, all of whom were excellent