It seems rare that everybody agrees on one thing and with reference works like this it's usually rarer - but this is the exception, as you can see from browsing the reviews here. I got into Dragonflies through photographing wildlife, then sharing these on internet groups and it was through one of these groups (that specialises in Dragonflies), that I was recommended this book.
I have to say that this is one of the best books of its type that I have read or used - the text is very interesting and if you are looking for places to photograph, it takes you through all the things you need to know in a logical way. Looking at habitats, biology etc. - that is , when/where to find your subjects and where they are likely to be.
The book is interesting to read at home for background and when looking at photographs you have taken - in many cases I have changed my mind about what I was looking at, on the basis of reading the indentification guides. It is also designed to take with you - as it is reasonably small and has a plastic cover to protect it.
In spite of its compact nature though, this is comprehensive in its coverage of all 56 British species and every page is packed with useful facts. There are excellent colour photographs and diagrams, on virtually every page - typically the maps and diagrams on the left and several full-colour photos on the right. All the photos are pin-sharp and clear in showing you the full spectrum of all British Dragonflies and Damselflies - Male and Female, with Juveniles and Larvae.
I can't recommend this book highly enough - the only choice if you are interested in photographing, identifying or studying these wonderful creatures in their natural habitat.
I'd given up looking for a dragonfly fieldguide in the late nineties/early noughties and put the idea out of my mind so was delighted when a buddy recently turned up with one. This is a beautiful book. The photos are superb and plentiful with distribution maps and text on facing page with coloured headings, page refs, ID highlights. The typeface is very easy to read with well spaced lines and the whole page is very attractively laid out. Useful quickviews at bottom of page for Lookalikes, Where to Look and Observation Tip. Nice touch is the laminated cover and 100 mm measure on edge of back cover. Only downside is that fine quality of paper makes it a bit heavy to carry around for long, especially with other guides in the backpack, but for a half day around a reserve, or to keep in the car it's fine. Well worth buying.even just to browse and learn from.
This is a really nice book for dragonfly fans. Every dragonfly and damselfly that you are likely to see in this country is here. There are lots of diagrams and photos to help identify what you have seen. Well worth the money.
This is, in my view, the best field guide to British dragonflies we have had to date. Some guides have all the information, but something about them means you cannot somehow process it (or maybe it's just me). With this book you cannot help but be drawn in. The presentation is excellent, the photos mostly so, with generally very good and useful text that you want to read. Not perfect - there are a few minor mistakes if I nitpick - but this is the one to have.