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May Summary (so far):
Neil Philips, Essex County Dragonfly Recorder, spotted the first Variable Damselflies of the year whilst visiting a site in Kent on the 1st of May (photo left).
Broad-bodied Chaser from North Norfolk on the 3rd of May.
Four-spotted Chasers seen in Surrey and Goole area, Yorkshire on the 1st, 2nd and 5th of May.
Hairy Dragonfly was seen in Somerset on the 5th of May.
Variable Damselflies were seen in Somerset on the 6th of May.
The first dragonfly reported from the Isle of Wight, a Downy Emerald spotted in Newport on the 7th of May.
The first Beautiful Demoiselle we have seen reported on social media came in from Isle of Wight on the 9th of May.
Large Red Damselfly emergence continues across the country with many sightings, the first one from south wales we saw came from Pontypool on the 6th Wales. The first Cumbria sightings for this species were spotted on Facebook on the 13th of May.
Downy Emerald spotted near Oban, Scotland on the 13th of May.
Also on the 13th of May, a Four-spotted Chaser sighting came in from the Scottish Highlands.
The first Common Clubtail sighting came in via Facebook from the River Dee, Farndon in Cheshire
Where to Share Your Sightings or Get Species Identification Help
If you have seen a dragonfly and want to share your sighting or get help with species identification you can post in the following Facebook group, which is run by our Essex County Dragonfly Recorder Neil Phillips:
Please note that you will need to request to join the group; be assured that your request will be accepted promptly as the group is monitored regularly.
There is also a Facebook group that covers our Migrant Dragonflies Project, which is run by project coordinator Adrian Parr and anyone can request to join here.
If you are confident in correctly identifying the species that you have seen then please submit a record to us. All the information you need on submitting records to us can be found in the Recording section here.
What's Happening Near You
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Your locally important species.
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Recent dragonfly-related news from the area.
Exciting sightings reported in the county.
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- Cheshire and Wirral
- Metallic blue Damselfly?
- Skimming a small stream surrounded by woodland. Bright turquoise body with blackish wings. It was a cold frosty morning and the canal and lake were frozen but not the stream....
- Lateish Common Darter
- The warden, Simon King, saw a female Common Darter by the pond at Testwood Lakes Centre on 28.11.20. Still two weeks to go to tie the VC11 record!
- Late Hawker?
- After a sharp overnight frost a Migrant Hawker flying at 11.00 in bright sunshine
- New Forest dragonflies
- A Southern Hawker was hunting in Dame's Slough Inclosure (west of Lyndhurst) and a male Common Darter sunning itself to to the north east of Burbush carpark (south of Burley)....
- Late Common Darters
- 23 November 2020 at least two male Common Darters on open access land Walberswick. Seen flying and basking in sunshine early afternoon.
- Common darter
- Common Darter seen at RSPB Lakenheath on Saturday 21st of November.
- Late Southern Hawker
- Male Southern Hawker seen in New Forest, Hampshire near Highland Water Inclosure (SU 252094).
- Late common darters
- Three common darters in a sheltered spot at Norfolk Wildlife Trust's Upton Fen and Marshes nature reserve. They were doing their usual trick of seeking warmth on fencing.
- dragonflies still about
- Shapwick NNR at least 2 Common Darters and 2 Migrant Hawkers