My first Large Red Damselfly of the year seen taking it's maiden flight from a pond in Sonning this morning.
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20th Apr 2018Berkshire
20th Apr 2018Norfolk
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 2018Norfolk
A single Large red at Roydon Common today
20th Apr 2018Lincolnshire
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 2018Manchester
2 adults seen on Astley Moss Nature Reserve, Wigan, Greater Manchester.
20th Apr 2018Glamorgan
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 2018Bucks
Large Red Damselfly first record I've received today 19th. Near Walton Lake and Grand Union Canal Milton Keynes. Bucks VC 24
18th Apr 2018Hants (VC11)
50+ Freshly-emerged Large Red at Town Common, Christchurch (VC11) this morning
14th Apr 2018Kent
4 Large Red Damselfly emerged from my garden pond throughout the day in a warm east Kent today.
7th Apr 2018Kent
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 2018Kent
My first Large Red Damselfly of the season emerged from my pond during the day in east Kent.
4th Apr 2018Conwy/Caernarvonshire
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 2018All
2018 sightings will appear here when the flight season starts.
For sightings in 2017 please see Previous Sightings.