Ruary has just ventured into the world of self-publishing with his WWII novel Luc's War . It is available from Amazon and from Bookshops.

Ruary’s latest dragonfly book, written in conjunction with his wife Kari de Koenigswarter is The Dragonfly-Friendly Gardener . Published by Saraband, it’s a simple guide as to how to attract dragonflies to your garden.​


Saraband have also published The Dragonfly Diaries. It’s the story of what happened to Ruary after a dragonfly landed on his shirt and how it entirely changed his life.


Ruary is also the author of the 180-page fully-illustrated Aberfeldy, The History of a Highland Community. He is a published poet and short story writer.

He also has a childrens’ story, Dorigen,  under consideration by a publisher.


Go to WRITER and WRITER GALLERY for more information.



Ruary has worked on behalf of dragonflies since 1989. He is a Fellow of the Linnean Society. For twenty years he was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Dragonfly Project (UK Registered Charity No 1046086). Its aim was to raise public awareness of the fascination, beauty and plight of dragonflies. This aim has now been taken on by The British Dragonfly Society. But Ruary’s work continues.


Go to DRAGONFLIES and DRAGONFLY GALLERY for more information. 



In June 2010, Ruary was named as the BBC's Dragonfly Geek by Chris Packham during a BBC 'Springwatch' programme. Over the last twenty years, he has broadcast frequently on television and radio. In March 2014 he presented ‘Bewitched by Dragonflies’ in the Nature series on BBC Radio 4. 


He broadcast on Radio 4’s Mid-Week with Libby Purves in July 2014, and contributed to David Attenborough’s Sky TV film “Conquest of the Skies, Episode 1”, released in 2015. Click here to listen to the radio shows, and follow the link to the film.

On the 4th of September 2016, BBC Radio 4 repeated a 'Living World' programme entitled ’The Dance of the Dragonfly' originally made at Ashton Water Dragonfly Sanctuary in 1994, now top-and-tailed by Chris Packham. And later that month, on Tuesday the 20th, BBC Radio 4 broadcast ‘Dragonfly’ in their 'Natural Histories' series. In both broadcasts, Ruary was the key figure. 'Dragonfly' was repeated again on the Sunday 21st June 2020. To listen to To l'Dragonfly',  Google: BBC/Natural Histories/Dragonfly

In April 2018, Ruary broadcast on Radio New Zealand 'Dragonflies -Masters of Flight' with Alison Ballance. To listen to this, Google: RadioNZ Dragonflies Master of Flight


Click here to listen to the 'Mid-Week with Libby Purves' radio show.


Click here to watch the 'Conquest of the Skies' video.


Go to TV-RADIO and TV-RADIO GALLERY for more information.


Dragonfly Natural Histories Sept 2016 - BBC Radio 4 - Ruary Mackenzie Dodds
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Dance of the Dragonflies 1994-2016 - BBC Radio 4 - Ruary Mackenzie Dodds
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