Previous Sightings

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  • 1st Sep 2016
    Essex
    KT

    Central Park Chelmsford: Today a walk along the river in the park I saw 2x Brown Hawkers, 3x Migrant Hawkers, and 1 Common Blue Damselfly

  • 1st Sep 2016
    Essex
    JRM

    Cornmill meadows: 5 willow emerald damselfly, 2 blue-tailed damselfly, 4 brown hawker, 25+ migrant hawker, 1 southern hawker, 14 common darter and 6 Ruddy darter, Seen from around noon.   

  • 31st Aug 2016
    Essex
    KT

    Marsh Farm South Woodham Ferrers: 2x Migrant Hawkers

  • 31st Aug 2016
    Kent
    MH

    At Nethergong today, I noted c35 Willow Emerald Damselfly with quite a few pairs seen in tandem and ovipositing into stinging nettle stems (a potential UK first). Photos on my website. Also seen were 4 Brown Hawker, 1 Southern Hawker, good numbers of Migrant Hawker and Common Darter, c10 Emerald Damselfly and 1 Azure Damselfly.

  • 30th Aug 2016
    Essex
    SRJ

    West Canvey Marshes - 20+ Migrant Hawkers, 25+ Ruddy Darters

  • 30th Aug 2016
    Essex
    SRJ

    Bowers Marsh - 30+ Migrant Hawkers along Manor Way 3 pair in wheel, 20+  Darters

  • 30th Aug 2016
    Surrey (London)
    BB

    A walk round Bluegate Pond on Wimbledon Common produced Common and Ruddy Darters, 5-6 Migrant Hawkers and a male Willow Emerald. They were seen on the Common last year on a different pond. Simon Riley also saw 2-3 males there a couple of days later. Photos on the UK Dragonflies and Damselflies Facebook group.

  • 29th Aug 2016
    Essex
    SRJ

    Tesco to Beeleigh Falls, Malden - 25+ Migrant Hawkers, 10 Brown Hawkers, 3 Ruddy Darter, 4 Common Darter (many other darters seen but not ID'd), 20+ Willow Emeralds ( many in tandem and mating wheel seen from high wooden bridge to left of the falls initially settling in Oak tree over water and then flying up to Willow), 2 Blue Tailed

  • 29th Aug 2016
    Cambridgeshire

    Willow Emerald Damselfly at Kings Dyke NR, Cambs: Individual seen by the pond dipping area on the reserve on the afternoon of the 29th August 2016. Photos are available.

  • 29th Aug 2016
    Hampshire
    KE

    Garden in Southampton: forming part of Broadlands Valley greenway. Common Darter Male Resting on tops of plants.

  • 27th Aug 2016
    Essex
    KT

    Canvey Wick: Many many Ruddy Darters here today a few Common Darters, 2x Migrant Hawkers

  • 27th Aug 2016
    Formby Merseyside
    AD

    Southern Hawker  [Male]: We caught a Southern Hawker in the kitchen today.Not seen one before so close so it was interesting to find out what it was.  

  • 26th Aug 2016
    Norfolk
    TCN

    The sun is really bringing out the Odonata.  A Norfolk Hawker landed in front of me at Sutton Fen this afternoon its green eyes unmistakable.  Also around were Black-Tailed Skimmers, Brown and Migrant Hawkers, Emerald Damselflies, Common and Ruddy Darters.

  • 26th Aug 2016
    Norfolk
    PFF

    Black Darters at Dersingham: A visit, involving a very long walk in very hot conditions at Dersingham Bog, managed to find one female (in the heather) and one male (again in heather near some small pools) Black Darter.  Common Darters and a few Migrant Hawkers were seen at various points along the track.

    On the way back to the car park, another visit to the flight pond, next to the conifers found dragonflies more plentiful than earlier, with Southern Hawker, Ruddy Darter, Blue-tailed, Azure and Emerald Damselflies.

    Whilst looking for dragonflies, in the area towards the back of the pond near the trees, a Nightjar flew up off the ground and then settled briefly in some nearby conifers, before then departing and lost from view, as it flew behind the trees.  7 Common Buzzard and at least 6 Stonechat were also of note.

  • 25th Aug 2016
    Norfolk
    WJS

    Cordulegaster boltonii sighted NR11 6NN. Identified by very distinctive length and banded colour action. Also known as the golden ringed dragonfly, sighted in our garden on the Blickling estate singly and two together. 

  • 25th Aug 2016
    Essex
    SRJ

    Hockley Woods - 20+ Migrant hawkers, 1 Southern Hawker, 2 Common Darter

  • 24th Aug 2016
    Norfolk
    JM

    River Yare, Cringleford Norwich. Around 12 Willow Emeralds and 3/4 tandem pairs, ovipositing in the three small Ash trees along the river, this is only the tip of the iceberg of course, but I only had two hours. Good to know they are still present after I discovered them here Aug 2013 in these same young Ash trees!

    Brown Hawkers always abundant along this stretch of river 

  • 24th Aug 2016
    Northants
    MT

    I received an exciting phone call from Trisha Thompson to confirm a sighting of a male Willow Emerald Damselfly at Boardwalks Nature Reserve in Peterborough. This was verified by Adrian Parr, and Trish's photo is on my blog. Only one was seen, but is has now been recorded at the same spot two days' running.

  • 24th Aug 2016
    Lancashire
    CPA

    Hilary Shaw photographed a male Broad Bodied Chaser at Priory Meadow on 24th August this year. This is only 2 days short of the county record. The latest I have seen one there thois year was on 27th July (a blue female).

  • 23rd Aug 2016
    Kent
    CC

    Southern Hawker came in from garden and settled in our kitchen in Seasalter garden, near Whitstable.

  • 23rd Aug 2016
    Norfolk
    GA

    Had  a great day at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB reserve today. It was a gloriously sunny day and the odonata did not disappoint. There were large number of Brown Hawkers and Southern Hawkers with smaller numbers of Migrant Hawkers all around the reserve. Only a few blues seen, mainly Azures with a few Blue Tails. Along the ditches in the Meadow Trail were loads of Common Emeralds. From the reception hide, there was only 1 brief sighting of a Small Red Eye and later, good numbers of Black Tailed Skimmer. Best of all were about 12 sightings of Willow Emerald, some of which were in tandem. They were all around the reserve i.e. near Tower hide, along Lackford Run and at the pond dipping ponds near the reception hide. This  is a great reserve for odonata and well worth a visit at this time of the year as well as earlier in the year for Norfolk Hawker.

  • 23rd Aug 2016
    Norfolk
    JM

    Sculthorpe Common TF89237 29886: Still around 35 Emeralds in the Sedge margins. Most were Lestes sponsa, could only find around 6 Lestes dryas males today, although I did note 4 Scarce Emerald tandem pairs and ovipositing. Ruddy Darters still abundant with lots of tandem pairs. Two male Southern Hawkers, one of which took a female from under my nose! How she sneeked I dont know, but she was soon taken.

    Still two male and one female Scarce Emerald on Hempton Common, Fakenham yesterday.

  • 23rd Aug 2016
    Surrey
    SJD

    Out photographing migrant hawkers alongside Hampton Wick Pond in Home Park (Hampton Court Park) on the London/Surrey border, when I spied what turned out to be a male willow emerald. A look on the nearest willow tree turned up a further 2 specimens. Note that this is the same location that I saw a willow emerald last year.

  • 23rd Aug 2016
    Hampshire
    SJD

    Took a trip to Warren Heath, Hampshire to look for golden-ringed dragonflies along the stream. Saw up to 5 specimens, all male, from pristine to very tatty. Also saw southern hawker, brown hawker, migrant hawker, common darter, black darter, keeled skimmer, emerald damselfly, blue-tailed damselfly and azure damselfly

  • 23rd Aug 2016
    Essex
    AWS

    Woodham Fen EWT South Woodham Ferrers: 3 Small red eyed damselfly, 12 Migrant hawker (including a pair), 2 Southern hawker, Southern migrant hawker ( briefly patrolled a vegetated creek), Emperor dragonfly, 3 pair Common darter egglaying, 3 Ruddy darter.

     

  • 22nd Aug 2016
    Hampshire
    CNB

    male Lesser Emperor seen at Warren Farm, North Solent NNR, Hampshire...

    Correction:

    Photo since checked by Paul Ritchie, VCR for S. Hampshire, and confirmed as Emperor Dragonfly instead.

  • 21st Aug 2016
    Norfolk
    PFF

    At least 6 Willow Emerald Damselflies were seen along the path, from Filby car park to Ormesby Little Broad viewing area, including a pair in wheel.  (Correction from last report, which should have read :pers com Ken Saul, not Ken Rivett, apologies Ken).

    Brown, Southern and Migrant Hawkers, Common and Ruddy Darters, Blue-tailed and Common Blue Damselflies also seen.  Also of interest on Ormesby Little Broad was an Osprey perched in broad-side tree until scared off by boat (purposely heading towards it) and a Kingfisher.

     

  • 21st Aug 2016
    Essex
    MHT

    At least 4 Willow Emerald Damselflies at Beeleigh Falls, near Maldon, on Sunday with 2 pairs observed in tandem. Also Ruddy and Common Darters and Brown Hawker.

  • 18th Aug 2016
    Essex
    SRJ

    Roding Valley Meadows, EWT reserve - 10+ Brown Hawkers, 2m Emperors, 4 Migrant Hawkers, 15+ Common Darters, 6 Blue tailed, 4 Azure

  • 18th Aug 2016
    Norfolk
    PFF

    One Willow Emerald at Filby, between car park and viewing area for Ormesby Little Broad.  Seen for at least two days previous to today (pers com. Ken Rivett).

  • 17th Aug 2016
    Kent
    MH

    A visit to Nethergong late morning produced c60 Willow Emerald Damselfly along with 3 Emperor Dragonfly, 3 Brown Hawker, c20 Migrant Hawker and a few Emerald Damselfly, Common Darter and 1 Ruddy Darter. Photos on blog. 

  • 17th Aug 2016
    Herts
    RB

    Willow Emerald Damselfly RSPB Rye Meads, Herts. Single male on pond before Draper Hide @ @13.30 17/08/2016

  • 16th Aug 2016
    Essex
    KT

    Temple Grove Park: Just walked out ot front door and saw 2x Migrant Hawkers flying around the homes on my estate.

  • 16th Aug 2016
    Monmouthshire (Gwent).
    WRJ

    Very pleasing to record eight male and one (ovipositing) female Brown Hawker at their only South Wales location on the Heads of the Valleys in Gwent (Monmouthshire). There were very healthy numbers of Black Darter also seen at this accepted stronghold for the species. Best numbers of Common Darter I've recorded here for several seasons with at least thirty pairs of 'in-cop or in tandem' insects noted. Mature Four-spotted Chaser still in excellent numbers with at least 50+ seen. Nine male Common Hawker seen along with two ovipositing females. Surprisingly, just one Emperor Dragonfly and two Southern Hawker were seen during my visit, I expected more.

    Breeding activity was frenetic in temperatures around the mid-twenties, this is what our 'dragonfly-days' should be like far more often!

  • 16th Aug 2016
    Staffordshire
    GHM

    We had a male Southern Hawker fly into our lounge in Leek, Staffs this evening. Managed to catch it, before our dog did, and release it outside!

  • 16th Aug 2016
    Essex
    SRJ

    Gunners Park, Shoeburyness, EWT reserve - 2 Brown Hawkers, 3 Emperors, 4 Migrant Hawkers, 30+ Common Darters

  • 15th Aug 2016
    Kent
    MGB

    At Sevenoaks LNR 2 female Willow Emerald Damselflies seen high in trees on the north west side of the main lake. Also Red-eyed Damsels, Blue-tailed Damsels, Common Blue Damsels, Brown Hawker and Migrant Hawker.  Photographs taken. Thanks to L Hopkins

  • 15th Aug 2016
    Norfolk
    MIE

    Willow Emerald Damselflies c4, including egg laying female with male attached.Also 3+ male Ruddy Darters 2+ Common Darters 1 Brown Hawker and several Blue-tailed Damselflies at Cow Tower Pond R Wensum,Norwich. 

  • 14th Aug 2016
    Essex
    TPC

    Elm farm park, Langford, Essex.Searching the trees and hedges in the vicinity of the lake recorded good numbers of Willow Emerald Damselflies 100 +. Also in area. 8 Brown Hawkers, 3 Migrant Hawkers, 1 Emperor, and quite few Common Darters.

  • 14th Aug 2016
    Essex
    SRJ

    Hullbridge, Garden pond - Southern Hawker ovipositing

  • 13th Aug 2016
    Surrey
    TB

    Richmond Park, several Black-tailed skimmers on the Pen Ponds including pairs mating in flight.

  • 13th Aug 2016
    Essex
    SRJ

    Kendal Park, Hullbridge - 1m Southern hawker, 5 Migrant Hawkers, 5 Common Darters

  • 13th Aug 2016
    Norfolk
    JM

    Another visit to the isolated pond on what I call, Sculthorpe Common. This lies beyond the West boundary of the Sculthorpe Moor NR. and from the pond you get a distant, but clear view of the Sculthorpe Mill pub. The sedge margins around this pond are still very much alive with Emerald Damselflies. And I am pleased to say that out of around 60 Emeralds observed close-up, at least 50 were Scarce Emeralds, all males apart from the 12 mating Lestes dryas pairs. Water levels have been dropping as expected, still around 20 Ruddy Darters, with numerous tandem pairs.   

  • 13th Aug 2016
    Essex
    TPC

    Quick walk along river Chelmer into city centre Chelmsford from Riverside retail patk yeilded 1 Willow Emerald Damselfly, 7 Brown Hawkers, 1 Emperor, and 1 Migrant Hawker

  • 12th Aug 2016
    Essex
    AWS

    Marsh Farm CP South Woodham Ferrers, Essex: Very warm but with a fresh SW breeze. Red eyed damselfly 2, Small red eyed damselfly 50 ( in one borrowdyke on weeds sheltering from the wind, including 3 pair ), Migrant hawker 18, Emperor 4, Common darter 23 (including 2 pair ) and Ruddy darter 3.

     

  • 12th Aug 2016
    Essex
    SRJ

    Beeleigh Abbey, Malden - 5 Migrant Hawkers, 2 Southern Hawkers, 1 Brown hawker

  • 12th Aug 2016
    Essex
    SRJ

    West Canvey Marshes, RSPB reserve - 1 male Southern Migrant Hawker (my first sighting of these at this reserve, photos taken), 7 Migrant Hawkers, 1m Emperor, 30+ Ruddy Darters,

  • 12th Aug 2016
    Surrey
    SJD

    Bushy Park - migrant hawker, emperor, black-tailed skimmer, common darter and red-eyed damselfly (possibly small) all seen over Heron Pond

  • 10th Aug 2016
    Kent
    MH

    A visit to Nethergong this morning produced at least 45 Willow Emerald Damselfly. Also seen were 4 Southern Hawker, 2 Brown Hawker, c40 Migrant Hawker and a few Emerald Damsefly, Blue tailed and Azure Damselfly with a few Common Darter noted. Photos on blog.

  • 9th Aug 2016
    Essex
    SRJ

    Benfleet Downs - 2m  Emperor, 1 Brown Hawker, 12 Migrant Hawkers, 25+ Common Darters, 30+ Small Red eyed (in most ponds and ditches with Algae), 5 Blue tailed

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