Previous Sightings

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  • 28th Sep 2016
    London

    At least 3 Willow Emeralds seen and photographed by three members of WWT staff at London Wetland Centre today.  Located in a willow at small pond in the Pond Zone. 

  • 28th Sep 2016
    Northants
    MT

    At Finedon Pocket Park: 2 Willow Emeralds, one male and one undetermined; many Common Darters including ovipositing; Migrant Hawkers and a very obliging ovipositing Southern Hawker. 

  • 28th Sep 2016
    Suffolk
    SRJ

    Lackford Lakes SWT reserve - 10+ Migrant Hawkers, 3 Brown Hawkers, 20+ Common Darters many in tandem, 3 Willow Emerald (incl pr in tandem)

  • 28th Sep 2016
    Peterborough
    PT

    A pair of Willow Emeralds in cop and ovipositing on soft red stem of red-osier dogwood at Hampton Nature Reserve, Peterborough on 28th August.

  • 27th Sep 2016
    London
    CR

    A male and a female Willow Emerald Damselfly seen at Foots Cray Meadows by Wren Rose and Chris Rose, despite overast and breezy conditions. No other Odonata on the wing. These were the second sand third ever records for the London Borough of Bexley after the first one was recorded at the same site on 24th September.  Photos: http://www.bexleywildlife.org/male-and-female-willow-emerald-at-foots-cr...

  • 26th Sep 2016
    Norfolk
    JM

    Hempton Common, Fakenham, Norfolk. At last after weeks of searching, today I located a pair of ovipositing Willow Emeralds in small Willow, overhanging a now, muddy ephemeral pond.

  • 26th Sep 2016
    Suffolk
    SRJ

    Sudbury Common and surrounding rivers - 7 Migrant Hawkers, 5 Common Darters, 7 Willow Emerald

  • 25th Sep 2016
    Essex
    SRJ

    Whet Mead EWT/Braintree Council reserve - 2 Brown Hawkers, 6 Migrant Hawkers, 3 Common Darters, 1 Willow Emerald

  • 25th Sep 2016
    North Lancs/South Cumbria
    SJB

    A walk along the Lancaster Canal from  Bridge 91 southwards  -saw 2 Brown Hawkers, 5 Migrant Hawkers and several Common Darters.

  • 24th Sep 2016
    London
    CR

    The first known Willow Emerald Damselfly (Chalcolestes viridis)  for the london Borough of Bexley, a male, has been found and photographed at Footscray Meadows today (September 24th) by Ian Stewart, a week after he recorded the species at nearby Ruxley Gravel Pits, which was Bromley’s first ever record. Photos at http://www.bexleywildlife.org/willow-emerald-damselfly-has-now-been-foun...

  • 24th Sep 2016
    Essex
    TPC

    A walk along the Colne, Cymberline meadows, Colchester,Essex today yeilded about 14 Migrant Hawkers, 3 Willow Emerald Damselflies and 4 Common Darter.

  • 24th Sep 2016
    Kent
    MH

    Still c20 Willow Emerald Damselfly at Nethergong today in a small area with most seen in tandem. Also quite a few Common Darter and Migrant Hawker still flying. Photos on my blog.

  • 23rd Sep 2016
    Essex
    KT

    Today a visit to Abberton i saw 4 or 5 Migrant Hawkers, and for this time of year i counted about 10 Common Blue Damselfly from the stretch from the visiter centre to hide bay hide

  • 23rd Sep 2016
    Bedfordshire
    RM

    Duck End Nature Reserve turned up a pair of willow emerald damselflies in tandem, seen flying around low vegetation and also spending some time hidden in an overhanging willow tree around lunchtime.  Don't know whether ovipositing took place.  This is the first time a female willow emerald has been recorded in Bedfordshire.  Other species present were common darter (at least 7 ovip pairs), ruddy darter, southern hawker and (common) emerald damselfly - one male on a different pond from the willow emeralds.

  • 23rd Sep 2016
    Essex
    SRJ

    Phyllis Currie EWT reserve - 7 Migrant Hawkers, 1 Southern Hawker, 20+ Common Darters many in cop and tandem, 2 Willow Emerald

  • 23rd Sep 2016
    Essex
    SRJ

    Whet Mead EWT/Braintree Council reserve - 5 Brown Hawkers, 10+ Migrant Hawkers, 25+ Common Darters, 2 Willow Emerald

  • 23rd Sep 2016
    Glamorgan
    DB

    A visit to my local patch Cosmeston Lakes Glamorgan 23-09-2016 a rare sunny day with no wind and cloud turned out to be good hunting 1st stop the horse shoe pond at 11am found 7 male Migrant Hawkers patrolling the area 2 Migrant Hawkers in copula spent an hour here and observed another 6 latch ons and copulas of this species Also present were about 30+ Common darters Loads of activity Tandom ovipositing and copulating wheels.

    Then moved over to the Dipping pond about midday 100yds further on from the horse shoe pond observed another 15 male Migrant Hawkers buisily patrolling the reed stems looking for females observed another 12 latch ons and copulating wheels performed they were picking off the females frantically also present were another 100+ Common darters on the board walk sunning them selves and loads of copulating wheels and tandom ovipositing At about 1 pm a male Southern Hawker flew in and bombed a pair of Migrant Hawkers in copula into the pond i dually fished them out at about 1-45 the pond was visited by a female Emperor who was trying to oviposite but was seen off by the male Migrant Hawkers.

    At 2pm went for a wonder around the bank of the west lake observed another 30+ male Migrant Hawkers and a few more copulating wheels by the moat i observed a male Emerald damselfly sunning itself

  • 21st Sep 2016
    Essex
    SRJ

    Rainham Marshes RSPB - 25+ Migrant Hawkers, 40+ Common Darters

  • 21st Sep 2016
    Surrey (London)
    BB

    Following other recent sightings in SW London, it seemed only a matter of time before Willow Emerald Damselflies were seen in the Wandle Valley. Visiting the NT Watermeads reserve in Mitcham briefly during my lunch break, with sunny intervals around, I saw a pair in tandem who appeared to be ovipositing (or thinking about it) in a series of bushes (including willow and buddleia) along the sunny side of Pikes Pond, a fishing lake with slow-moving water fed from the River Wandle. I notice that the European Field Guide (Dijkstra) says that it benefits from urbanisation, favouring garden and park ponds.

  • 21st Sep 2016
    Surrey

    TQ327485 Bransland Pond, Bletchingley  (NT)   There were a pair of Willow Emeralds, the female was ovipositinging a Willow sapling.  Also Migrant Hawkers, Southern Hawkers and Common Darters.

  • 20th Sep 2016
    Cleveland
    DWB

    Male Southern Hawker Aeshna cyanea in Guisborough Forest , Pinchinthorpe , Cleveland .

  • 20th Sep 2016
    Norfolk
    JM

    River Yare, Cringleford, Norwich. Pleased to say Willow Emeralds still present along this stretch of the river for the fourth year.

  • 18th Sep 2016
    North Yorkshire
    NM

    Manor Pond, Ainderby Steeple: Twelve Migrant Hawkers, including mating pair, two Southern Hawkers, 10 Common Darters

  • 18th Sep 2016
    Lincolnshire
    CB

    Two male Willow emerald recorded on Princes pond at Gibraltar Point

  • 18th Sep 2016
    Essex
    KT

    Hanningfield Reservior: Today I saw 1 Willow Emerald at the reservior by the Dipping pond probably another new site for this species also seen 2x Southern Hawkers,2x Migrant Hawkers.

  • 18th Sep 2016
    Cambridgeshire
    JNW

    At least 4 Willow Emerald Damselflies were seen at Wicken Fen NR this afternoon on and near a willow sp. One pair were in cop. and the other tandem pair appeared to be ovipositioning. Single males were also seen although possibly the same individuals as previously seen in the pairs. Oviposition scars were clearly visible on several branches of the willow which is almost at the western end of the boardwalk overlooking a small pool before you get to the hide.

  • 15th Sep 2016
    Essex
    QG

    Phyllis Currie EWT reserve, Essex. 5 Willow Emeralds inc 2 conjoined pairs, 5 Migrant Hawkers, 30+ pairs of Common Darters.

  • 15th Sep 2016
    Norfolk
    MS

    Male Willow Emerald in willows around pond on private land at Scarning, nr Dereham, Norfolk. Possible glimpse of an ovipositing pair but couldn't relocate. Also plenty of Ruddy Darters and a couple of Migrant Hawkers

  • 15th Sep 2016
    Surrey (London)
    BB

    On my first visit to Mitcham Common (SW London) this year, there were single male Willow Emerald Damselflies on two out of three ponds visited. Bidder's Pond also had Common Darters, Ruddy Darter, Migrant Hawker and Small Red-eyed Damselfly.

  • 14th Sep 2016
    Norfolk

    On our visit to Titchwell RSPB reserve we observed 14 Migrant Hawker (inc. 1 female), 22 Common Darter (4 pairs ovipositing), 4 Ruddy Darter (1 pair in cop), 2 Emerald, 2 Blue-tailed and 14 Common Blue Damsels.

  • 14th Sep 2016
    Surrey
    NCB

    A visit to Thursley Common on Wednesday 14th September proved very fruitful. Although it started out cloudy once the sun came out the boardwalks where covered in dragonflies. We saw migrant hawkers, keeled skimmers,common darter, emperor, common emerald damsel fly and for me my first black darters- mainly males and couples mating but no single females. 

  • 13th Sep 2016
    Essex
    KT

    Blue House Farm: Many Migrant Hawkers and Ruddy Darters here today very hot today

  • 13th Sep 2016
    Norfolk
    JM

    Dersingham Bog NNR, Norfolk. A good Black Darter day in 30 degrees! My usual 4hr search way over the back where there is long ditch/dyke and plenty of boggy pools. Had around thirty five male darters, still very territorial, and then by around midday tandem pairs were begining to be seen, final count was ten pairs in this area with ovipositing in the boggy pools and the ditch. Only two single females noted, one of which was rescured from the ditch water, but soon dried out and flew from my finger tips.

    Hundreds of Common Darter's seen on the walk back to the main car park.

  • 13th Sep 2016
    Northamptonshire

    Visited Lyveden New Bield (NT) and during our walk aroud the moats we counted 59 Common Darter with 11 pairs ovipositing, 28 Ruddy Darter with 3 pairs ovipositing, 43 Migrant Hawker (all males), 3 Southern Hawker, 2 Brown Hawker, 6 Blue-tail, 4 Common Blue and 31 Small Red-Eyed Damsels.

  • 11th Sep 2016
    Lincolnshire
    PT

    Baston Fen, Lincolnshire: two male willow emealds plus one female ovipositing.

  • 11th Sep 2016
    Lincolnshire
    PT

    2 male & 1 female Willow emerald found in Lincolnshire at Baston fen nature reserve today. 

  • 11th Sep 2016
    Cambridgeshire
    SFL

    RSPB Fen Drayton - x37 Migrant Hawkers. All male with the exception of x1 in tandem. 50+ Common Darters with estimated 75% seen in tandem and ovipositing. Less than x10 Common Blue Damselflies, x1 Ruddy Darter, x4 Red-eyed Damselflies.

  • 9th Sep 2016
    Lincolnshire
    JV

    For the last two to three weeks I have seen brown dragonfly everywhere in spalding and surounding areas lincolnshire, in my garden, at the park and as I'm driving. I don't know anything about them except I thought they were seen near water.

  • 9th Sep 2016
    Essex
    SRJ

    Phyllis Currie EWT reserve - 7 Migrant Hawkers, 16 common Darters (some in tandem), 3 Willow Emerald (1 pair in tandem)

  • 8th Sep 2016
    Suffolk
    JPH

    Grid ref. TM389774 - Halesworth Town Park, Blyth Navigation. A. grandis, mixta, & cyanea; S. sanguineum & striolatum (numerous pairs egglaying in tandem); Willow emeralds (3 pairs, one laying in elder, and three individuals) all active this am. A good spot for just watching! 

     

  • 8th Sep 2016
    Essex
    SRJ

    Chafford Gorges EWT reserve - Willow Emerald 3 at Warren Gorge and 6 at Lion Gorge, 5 Small Red Eye (Lion Gorge), 3 Blue Tailed (Lion Gorge), 2 Common (Lion Gorge), 50+ Migrant Hawkers, 3 Brown Hawkers, 1 Southern Hawker (Lion Gorge), 100+ Common Darters

  • 8th Sep 2016
    Bedfordshire
    RM

    A report was made of a Willow Emerald damselfly at Flitton Moor NR on 7th September.  Today (8th Sept.) I found two male Willow Emeralds on sallow near the large pond.  These are the first confirmed sightings of this species in Bedfordshire as far as I am aware.  (One was reported at Biggleswade in 2012 but was left unconfirmed.) In addition there were common darter (ovip.), ruddy darter, brown hawker (ovip.), southern hawker, (common) emerald damselfly and blue-tailed damselfly.

    The site at Flitton Moor has public access but very limited parking.

  • 8th Sep 2016
    Essex
    KT

    Beeleigh Falls Langford: Another visit today to Beeleigh and saw 3x Willow Emerald, Migrant Hawkers were everywhere lost count so many, 2x Brown Hawkers, Common and Ruddy Darters still plentiful.

  • 7th Sep 2016
    West Sussex
    DLS

    At Woods Mill, a male Willow Emerald at the lake (near to where a male was present in 2015). Also: Migrant, Southern and Brown Hawkers, and Common and Ruddy Darters.

  • 7th Sep 2016
    Northants
    MT

    I visited Finedon Pocket Park this lunchtime looking for Southern Hawkers, and noticed a few Emeralds. One behaved differently to the others, flying into and perching on Willow growing from the pond. It was some distance from me, but a few photos soon revealed the white pterostigma of a Willow Emerald. This site is some distance from Peterborough and is almost certainly a different individual. Anyone in the Cambs, Northants, Huntingdon area, should examine every Emerald because I am sure there are plenty more out there.

  • 6th Sep 2016
    Essex
    SRJ

    Phyllis Currie EWT reserve, Great Leighs - Willow Emerald 20+ pairs in tandem and ovipositing on Hawthorn plus another tree but not Willow (photos on Flickr), 3 Brown Hawkers, 1 Southern Hawker, Ruddy Darter 50+ pairs in tandem

  • 6th Sep 2016
    London
    CR

    The Willow Emerald Damselfly (Chalcolestes viridis), has been found and photographed by bicycling birder Ian Stewart at Ruxley Gravel pits on 6th September. The identification, and status as the first record of the species in the London Borough of Bromley have been confirmed by the London Natural History Society Odonata recorder Neil Anderson. Five were seen including a pair mating and ovipositing in the trees. Ffi and photo:  http://www.bexleywildlife.org/willow-emerald-damselfly-found-at-ruxley-o...

  • 5th Sep 2016
    Suffolk
    TG

    A few willow emeralds have appeared over the last few days here in Thurston. One mating pair noted. Also a lone common emerald, one emperor and a brown hawker still patrolling, common blue, azure, small red-eyed and blue-tailed damsels also noted. Several common darters too.

  • 4th Sep 2016
    Lincolnshire
    BH

    LNU Field meeting 04/09: Lincolnshire Naturalists' Union field meeting to Burkinshaw's Covert, Near Immingham, Lincolnshire. A private nature reserve area with several ponds. Eight species of odonata were recorded as follows: 50 migrant hawkers (mainly along sheltered woodland rides), 3 southern hawkers, 1 brown hawker, 30 common darters, 2 ruddy darters, 2 common emerald damselflies and very small numbers of  blue-tailed and common blue damselflies.

  • 3rd Sep 2016
    Essex
    TPC

    Went for a walk along the footpath by Butler's Brook, Writtle, towards, Daws, Essex. First chance I had of having a look for the Red viened Darter reported to me by MH, College transect recorder on the 23rd August. Not sure if been reported to BDS? Anyway no luck with the rvd, but saw at least 15 Migrant Hawkers, 11 Ruddy Darters, 4 Common Darters and 3 Common Blue Damselfly.

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