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.

Please note that if you want to submit your sighting as a record to the Dragonfly Recording Network database you will have to create a new record for each species seen on the online recording page of the BDS website. 'Latest Sightings' have for many years been part of the BDS website and are unmoderated, meaning that they are not checked for accuracy before appearing. Online recording is an independent system. Please enter your sightings in both places.

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See also Sightings from Previous years and Archived sightings from long-past years.

  • 20th Apr 2018
    Berkshire
    MHT

    My first Large Red Damselfly of the year seen taking it's maiden flight from a pond in Sonning this morning. 

  • 20th Apr 2018
    Norfolk
    PT

    I missed the actual damselfly - should have gone outside earlier - but found the first Large Red Damselfly exuvia for Norfolk in my pond today. Spring has arrived!

  • 20th Apr 2018
    Norfolk
    SR

    A single Large red at Roydon Common today

  • 20th Apr 2018
    Lincolnshire
    PJR

    One Large Red Damselfly seen on  Crowle Moor nature rerserve, Lincolnshire. Sunshine light breeze 20c. My first record for the year. Last year for the same location the Large Reds were 2 weeks earlier (6th April)

  • 20th Apr 2018
    Manchester
    WJ

    2 adults seen on Astley Moss Nature Reserve, Wigan, Greater Manchester.

  • 20th Apr 2018
    Glamorgan
    DB

    A bright sunny day arrived by the pond at about midday at Lavernock point NR sssi the air came awash with Large Red Damselfly taking there 1st flights 100 + 

  • 19th Apr 2018
    Bucks
    JH

    Large Red Damselfly first record I've received today 19th. Near Walton Lake and Grand Union Canal Milton Keynes. Bucks VC 24

     

  • 18th Apr 2018
    Hants (VC11)
    PR

    50+ Freshly-emerged Large Red at Town Common, Christchurch (VC11) this morning

  • 14th Apr 2018
    Kent
    MH

    4 Large Red Damselfly emerged from my garden pond throughout the day in a warm east Kent today. 

  • 7th Apr 2018
    Kent
    MH

    During the day, 3 Large Red Damselfly have emerged from my pond in east Kent. With the sun shining and feeling quite warm, I spent some time photographing the emergence which I shall post on my blog in due course. 

  • 4th Apr 2018
    Kent
    MH

    My first Large Red Damselfly of the season emerged from my pond during the day in east Kent. 

  • 4th Apr 2018
    Conwy/Caernarvonshire
    AB

    News has just come in of a male Marsh Bluetail (Ischnura senegalensis) found emerging from a turtle tank in Conwy on 25 March 2018.  Amazingly, this is no less than the fourth report of (accidentally introduced) exotic damselflies received by the BDS so far this year!

  • 1st Mar 2018
    All
    DNH

    2018 sightings will appear here when the flight season starts.

    For sightings in 2017 please see Previous Sightings.

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