Latest Sightings

Recent items of hot news about Odonata are published here frequently. The most recently received items of news are at the top of the list. Each entry has the date, county and observer's initials (with a link to the observer's website where appropriate). Check back here frequently for information about the progress of the dragonfly season.

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  • 22nd Jul 2018
    Shropshire
    JDN
    Condover

    Southern Hawker hunting in garden with ponds. 

  • 22nd Jul 2018
    Dorset
    GPG
    Lytchett Bay NR

    Visited dried pools along footpath 12 at Lytchett Bay Nature Reserve in search of 3 Southern Migrant Hawkers found by Ian Ballam yesterday pm.  There were at least 2 male Southern Migrant Hawkers showing well this morning.  Also seen Brown Hawkers and Ruddy Darters,

  • 22nd Jul 2018
    Devon
    DS
    Lesser Emperor in the Bovey Basin, Devon

    While checking a range of fishing lakes and other ponds in the Bovey Basin between Kingsteignton and Bovey Tracey (in the hope of perhaps finding a Southern Migrant Hawker!), I found a male Lesser Emperor patrolling one rather unprepossessing fishing pond - it kept to one side of the pond while a male Emperor kept to the other. It took and ate a Common Blue Damselfly. Incidentally, all five waters I checked had Small Red-eyed Damselflies, with egg-laying observed at four of them.

  • 21st Jul 2018
    Ilford
    SK
    Brown Hawker

    Was looking out of my kitchen window when I saw a large brown dragonfly. Not usually seen in Ilford greater london in a back garden. So pleased to see it hopefully I will see more.

  • 21st Jul 2018
    Dorset
    GPG
    Longham Lakes

    At least 1 male Lesser Emperor still present this morning favouring the south end of the South Lake and the nearby 'Scarlet Darter' pond. Also seen were Banded Demoiselle, Large and Small Red-eyed Damselflies, Common Blue Damselfly, Brown Hawker (10+), Emperor Dragonfly (10+), Four-spotted Chaser (1), Black-tailed Skimmer and Common Darter (2+). 

  • 21st Jul 2018
    Northants
    AE
    Grand Union Canal, Whilton Locks

    5+ Beautiful Demoiselle males along the edge of the canal

  • 21st Jul 2018
    Essex
    AC
    Vange Marsh

    Vange Marsh: Emperor- many; Southern migrant hawker- 1 male; Brown hawker-1; Broad bodied chaser-1; Ruddy darter-many; Red eyed damsefly-many

  • 21st Jul 2018
    Kent
    MH
    Southern Migrant Hawkers in Kent

    8+ Southern Migrant Hawker (7 male) seen today at Oare Marshes in ditches by the footpaths leading to both the East flood and West flood hides. 1 mating pair seen by another observerPhotos on my blog. Also Four spotted Chaser, Emperor Dragonfly, Emerald Damselfly, Small red eyed Damselfly, many Common and Ruddy Darter present. C10 Migrant Hawker exuviae collected.

  • 19th Jul 2018
    Buckinghamshire
    JE
    Southern Emerald damselfly

    A minimum of 150 pairs of Southern Emerald Damselfly at a [PRIVATE] site near Beaconsfield. Nearly all were in tandem but with a few singles as well. Quite staggering numbers and coming up in 'clouds ' at my feet on the lower banks of the pond and also in the willows closeby. Until very recently they were along the footpath nearby but now they have all paired up and have returned to the pond, presumably to breed.  (With R & S M)

    *** Official BDS advice 20/07/2018 from Adrian Parr, David Hepper and the local Country Dragonfly Recorder:

    This is a private site off a very busy road with limited parking. We know it is tempting but please do not visit as things are getting dangerous. We have been unable to make contact with the landowner. This could bring the BDS into disrepute.

     

  • 19th Jul 2018
    Devon
    DS
    Small Red-eyed Damselflies at Little Bradley Ponds

    Using a telescope and with limited views, I counted at least 50 Small Red-eyed Damselflies at Little Bradley Ponds this morning, including 13 pairs either mating or egg-laying, and just 1 Red-eyed. Most of them were on the old (eastern) pond, as last year. Also a late Downy Emerald patrolling.

  • 19th Jul 2018
    East Sussex
    DLS
    East Sussex

    A good day for migrant dragonflies in East Sussex. At West Rise Marsh, Eastbourne, a male Lesser Emperor at the main lake. Also, plenty of (Blue) Emperors, Black-tailed Skimmers, Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damselflies and Large and Small Redeyes. At the River Ouse, south of  Southease bridge at the old ox-bow, was a male Blue-eyed Hawker. The supporting cast not as numerous as the earlier site but included Ruddy Darters and Small Redeyes.

  • 19th Jul 2018
    DORSET
    GPG
    Sturminster Marshall Gravel Pit

    A newly emerged Southern Hawker was the 20th species of Odonata recorded at this site this year.  Other Odonata seen were Banded Demoiselle (1), Red-eyed and Small Red-eyed Damselflies, Common Blue Damselfly, Brown Hawker (20+), Emperor Dragonfly (6+) and Black-tipped Skimmers.

  • 19th Jul 2018
    Essex
    cl
    Canvey Island - Canvey Way - ditch

    Southern Migrant Hawker - c20, all male, but one pair in tandom, only female seen, plus 3 (all male) on West Canvey RSPB res. Scarce Emerald - c 40, many in tandem.

  • 18th Jul 2018
    Surrey
    cl
    Staines Moor

    Beautiful Demoiselle - 400+ 80%+ males; Azure Damselfly -1; Common Damselfly - 4; Blue-tailed Damselfly - 3 along the River Colne with 1/2 mile 

     

  • 18th Jul 2018
    Kent
    MH
    Willow Emerald Damselfly in Kent

    A quick look at Nethergong late afternoon produced 2 newly emerged Willow Emerald Damselfly, c50 Emerald Damselfly, 1 Brown Hawker, 1 Emperor Dragonfly and good numbers of Blue tailed Damselfly.

  • 18th Jul 2018
    Essex
    SRJ
    South Fambridge, Essex.

    1m Southern Migrant Hawker, 6 Ruddy Darters (all sightings by ponds below sea defences)

  • 17th Jul 2018
    Kent
    V H
    Golden Ringed dragonfly

    Golden ringed dragonfly seen in Cuxton Kent 

  • 17th Jul 2018
    Essex
    SRJ
    Phyllis Currie EWT reserve, Great Leighs, Essex.

    Im Southern Hawker ( image on Flickr), 2m Emperor, 3 Brown Hawkers, 4m Black tailed Skimmers, 1f Migrant Hawker (my first of the season, image on Flickr),10+ Ruddy Darter, 1 Common Darter, 1f Willow Emerald (my first for the season images on Flickr), 6 Blue tailed, 50+ Azure

  • 16th Jul 2018
    Cambridgeshire
    Migrant Hawkers

    First Migrant Hawkers we've seen this year, appearing this morning hunting over our garden in Whittlesey at 9:30am - 24degrees C.

  • 16th Jul 2018
    Dorset
    GPG
    Sturminster Marshall Gravel Pit

    A freshly emerged Migrant Hawker is the 19th species of Odonata recorded at this site this year.  Other species seen today were Azure & Common Blue Damselflies, Blue-tailed Damselfly, both Red-eyed and Small Red-eyed Damselflies, 14+ Brown Hawkers, 12+ Emperor Dragonflies, a few Black-tailed Skimmers and a pair of Ruddy Darters copulating.

  • 16th Jul 2018
    Cambridgeshire
    HJV
    Fen Drayton Norfolk Hawker

    Norfolk Hawker patrolling the ditch between Ferry and Swavesey Lagoons, towards northern end. First record for the reserve. Also Small Red-eyed Damselfly on Holywell Pond.

  • 16th Jul 2018
    Essex
    SME
    Foxearth

    Foxearth Meadows, Essex: 2 Four-Spotted Chasers, 1 Black-Tailed skimmer, 4 Southern Migrant Hawkers, 10+ Ruddy Darters, 6 Brown Hawkers, 50+ banded Demoiselles, 100+ Azure Damselflies, 100+ Common Blue Damselflies, 10+ Blue-Tailed Damselflies

  • 15th Jul 2018
    SURREY
    GJH
    Chiddingfold, Surrey

    Many Small Red-eyed Damsels laying eggs on the small pond opposite Chiddingfold green, Surrey, at SU96047 35457

  • 15th Jul 2018
    Devon
    DS
    Cadover Bridge area, Dartmoor

    Four members joined Mary Lane (Sibelco clay company) on a beautiful sunny day. At the old Brisworthy settling pond we found a little water in the centre, complete with our first target: c25 Scarce Blue-tailed Damselflies, including a mating pair, plus c50 Blue-tailed, lots of Keeled Skimmers (including one newly-emerged) and 2 Four-spotted Chasers. Mary had arranged for us to walk around non-operational parts of the adjacent Shaugh Moor clay quarry, the high point of which was finding a superb flush and runnel below one of the old mica dams. Here we discovered a new colony of Small Red Damselflies (c25) and saw Common Hawkers (male + female egg-laying) at close range. There was a good supporting cast of Beautiful Demoiselle, Large Red and Azure Damselflies, Golden-ringed Damselfly, Keeled Skimmer and Common Darter. After lunch, we looked at a leat and flushes near Blackaton Cross, finding c35 Scarce-blue-tailed Damselflies, lots of Common Blue Damselflies and Keeled Skimmers and several each of Emerald, Large Red and Blue-tailed Damselflies, Common Hawker, Four-spotted Chaser and Black Darter. Together with a Black-tailed Skimmer at one of the open settlement ponds earlier, we saw a very satisfying total of 15 species.

  • 15th Jul 2018
    Essex
    TPC
    Largest count of Southern Migrant Hawker, Canvey way.

    My largest count of SMH Aeshna affinis today from Canvey Way. Walked the entire length of the ditch to where the wall turns right and counted at least 85 males including 5 pairs ovipositing. Still good numbers of Scarce Emeralds and Ruddy Darter and one Black tailed Skimmer.

  • 15th Jul 2018
    Northamptonshire
    Titchmarsh NR

    A hot day at Titchmarsh NR revealed ~5 Emperor, ~8 Brown Hawker, one Southern Hawker, a male Scarce Chaser, >5 Ruddy Darter, >50 Banded Demoiselle, >100 Common Blue Damselflies, a few Red-Eyed Damselflies, a few Blue-tailed Damselflies, one male Azure Damselfly. Mostly lakeside and slow river habitat.

  • 14th Jul 2018
    Lincolnshire
    GH
    Lesser Emperor

    Just found a male Lesser Emperor buzzing around the eastern end of Coot Lake at Whisby Nature Reserve. Unfortunately far too fast and distant for my photographic skills but one of my volunteers is on site and will try this afternoon. Fourth record for the Reserve!

  • 14th Jul 2018
    Buckinghamshire
    cl
    Southern Emerald Damselfly

    No Southern Emerald Damselfly at the usual pond 1km east of Beaconsfield

  • 14th Jul 2018
    norfolk
    NB
    Red veined darter

    Just got back from Strumpshaw Fen ,there was a single Red veined darter on the woodland trail among the many Ruddy darters there.

  • 14th Jul 2018
    Kent
    MH
    Norfolk Hawkers in east Kent

    Grove Ferry early afternoon produced 27+ Norfolk Hawker, c10 Small Red eyed Damselfly, c10 Black tailed Skimmer, c10 Emperor Dragonfly, 3 Brown Hawker and good numbers of Blue tailed Damselfly and Azure Damselfly. Nearby at Nethergong, 4 Southern Hawker, 1 Brown Hawker and 4 Emerald Damselfly. 

  • 14th Jul 2018
    Buckinghamshire
    IMW
    Beaconsfield - Southern Emerald damselfly

    Well in excess of 50 Southern Emerald damselfly around the pond at a PRIVATE site.

  • 13th Jul 2018
    Dorset
    PW
    Black Winged Damselfly

    I have just seen a Black Winged Damselfly in my back garden in Sherborne, Dorset. It's wings moved more like a butterfly than a damselfly. I have never seen one before - are they rare? [Most probably a Beautiful Demoiselle - see our webpage at https://british-dragonflies.org.uk/species/beautiful-demoiselle - GHM]

  • 13th Jul 2018
    Dorset
    GPG
    Longham Lakes

    Pair of Lesser Emperors with the female ovipositing in the SW corner of the South Lake.  Azure, Common Blue, Large Red-eyed & Small Red-eyed Damselflies, Brown Hawkers (5), Emperor Dragonflies (10+), Broad-bodied (1) and Four-spotted (1) Chasers and Black-tailed Skimmers also present.  NB: 18 species of Odonata recorded at this site so far this year.

  • 13th Jul 2018
    Buckinghamshire
    SFB
    Southern Emerald Damselfly in Bucks - RFI

    Is some further information on location of this site near Beaconsfield available as well as access details? Also is there any photographic confirmation of their ID?

  • 13th Jul 2018
    Devon
    DS
    Norfolk Hawker in Devon!

    Yesterday (12 July), Keith Richards photographed a male Norfolk Hawker along a ditch at Exminster Marshes (running E from the end of Milbury Lane, Exminster) - the first record for south-west England. I couldn't find it in the evening, but refound it this morning. After seeing what I presume was it along the ditch where it was found, I finally watched it patrolling the main drain that runs N-S at the end of this ditch, just to the N of the low 'bridge' over the drain. It perched frequently, once flying to try and mate with a female Emperor passing by! After less than 10 minutes it flew off towards the original ditch, but I was unable to relocate it. Also present in the area: 15+ Small Red-eyed Damselflies, including mating and tandem pairs (new species for the Marshes, although common on Exeter Canal nearby), 6 Scarce Chasers, Four-spotted Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmers and Common Darter.

  • 13th Jul 2018
    Essex
    SRJ
    South Hanningfield reservoir EWT reserve

    1m Emperor, 1m Brown Hawker, 4m +1f Black tailed Skimmers, 1 Southern Migrant Hawker (visited pond briefly twice during the day), 1f Southern Hawker (ovipositing), 1m+1f Emerald, 4 Small Red Eye, 4 Blue tailed, 25+ Azure, 10+ Common Blue

  • 12th Jul 2018
    Essex
    SRJ
    South Hanningfield reservoir EWT reserve

    1m Southern Migrant Hawker (my first sighting at this reserve), 2 Brown Hawkers, 1m Emperor, 2m Black tailed Skimmers, 1 Common blue

  • 12th Jul 2018
    Middlesex
    TJW
    Beautiful Demoiselle newly established Enfield colony

    We visited Maidens Bridge, Enfield today and counted at least 9 male Beautiful Demoiselle and 1 female on a walk along Turkey Brook, Forty Hall Park to the fishing lake. Also seen 2 Brown Hawker, 1 Southern Hawker, 1 Emperor, 8 Azures & 4 Common Blue Damselfly. Earlier at Myddelton House pond, Enfield, we saw 3 Ruddy Darter, 10 Azure and 2 Common Blues. 

  • 12th Jul 2018
    Dorset
    GPG
    Canvey way Essex

    At least 25 Southern Migrant Hawkers along Canvey Way ditch this afternoon including 2 copulating pairs.  Excellent views and photographic opportunities - well worth the drive from Dorset.

  • 10th Jul 2018
    West Midlands
    GT
    Dragonfly behaviour

    I spotted a dragonfly flying up and down my back garden. I went out and sat down nearby and watched. He was brown, about70mm wingspan and catching tiny insects. Then he suddenly landed on my left ear, rested a few seconds then flew off.What the hell was that all about? It was weird but moving. [It was probably a Brown Hawker - see the BDS page at https://british-dragonflies.org.uk/species/brown-hawker - GHM]

  • 10th Jul 2018
    Buckinghamshire
    CL
    South Bucks 10th July

    single Southern Emerald Damselfly at the usual pond 1knm east of Beaconsfield

  • 10th Jul 2018
    Surrey
    SJD
    A brown hawker at last

    A quick lunch time visit to Esher Common, although quiet in terms of numbers, still produced common blue and azure damselflies, small red damselflies, black-tailed skimmer, four-spotted chaser, common darterruddy darter, downy emerald, emperor, southern hawker and a (first of the season for me) brown hawker. Most of these were on or close-to Black Pond and the smaller new pond; the heaths were very quiet and lacking in dragonflies.

  • 9th Jul 2018
    Northamptonshire
    SS
    Cotterstock Lock, Northants

    Monday 9th July 2018. Scarce Chaser 2 males, Black tailed Skimmer 1 male, Emperor Dragon 2, Brown Hawker 2, Red eyed Damselfly 1, Banded Demoiselle 50+, Common Blue Damsel 1, Emerald Damsel 1.

  • 8th Jul 2018
    Buckinghamshire
    CJH
    Southern Emerald Damselfly

    east of Beaconsfield.

    [Update by webmaster: the Southern Emerald Damselflies near Beaconsfield are largely on private land. BDS site that visitors MUST respect rights of way and other safety issues (e.g. limited parking on a very busy road). *** Please do not visit this site.]

  • 8th Jul 2018
    East Sussex
    KBG
    West Langney Lake, Eastbourne

    Up to 5 Lesser Emperors and a Red-veined Darter 

  • 8th Jul 2018
    Essex
    AC
    Langdon Hills

    Langdon Hills EWT Marks Hill & Willow Park: Common darter-many; Ruddy darter-many; Emperor- one female, several males.; Southern hawker-one at least.; Migrant hawker-one immature.; Southern migrant hawker- two males.; Brown hawker- two at least.; Black tailed skimmer-one.

  • 7th Jul 2018
    Cheshire
    MA
    Brown Hawker

    Found dead and missing its head this morning in Cheadle, Greater Manchester. Identified from images on these pages.

  • 7th Jul 2018
    Cambridgeshire
    HJV
    Fen Drayton Lakes

    Good showing of Ruddy Darter (120+) and Brown Hawker (30), also 6 Scarce Chaser (past their best), Southern Hawker, Emperor, Four-spotted Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmer, Common Darter. Plenty of Common Blues (low thousands), Large and Small Red-eyeds, Blue-tailed, Emerald Damselflies and Banded Demoiselle.

  • 7th Jul 2018
    Norfolk
    PT
    Lessor Emperors and Willow Emeralds

    Following almost daily reports recently of either one or two Lessor Emperors at Filby Broad, I twice looked myself (5th and 7th July), but failed to find them. However, today I also stopped at Rollesby Broad car park and found one male Lessor Emperor over Ormesby Broad and three newly emerged Willow Emeralds on the strip of land between Ormesby and Rollesby Broads. Several more common species also present and recorded.

  • 6th Jul 2018
    Essex
    JFB
    Canvey way

    50+ Southern migrant hawkers along ditch opposite recycling centre, plus plenty of Scarce emerald damselflies.

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