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.

To add new sightings to this page, click here.

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

  • 15th Sep 2017
    Essex
    SRJ

    Phyllis Currie EWT reserve - 5 Migrant Hawkers, 2 Brown Hawkers, 1 Southern Hawker (m), 25+ Common Darters many in tandem, Willow Emerald 20+pr in tandem, many ovipositing (on various shrubs incl. bramble), 25+ singletons

  • 13th Sep 2017
    Essex
    SRJ

    Phyllis Currie EWT reserve - 5 Migrant Hawkers, 1 Brown Hawker, 1 Southern Hawker (m), 4 Blue Damsels over pond (Azure or Common?), Willow Emerald 3pr in tandem, 1pr ovipositing (on bramble), at least 10 singletons

  • 12th Sep 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    JNW

    A female and then a male Willow Emerald Damselfly were found & photographed in (probably) Goat Willow alongside Cook's Stream at Godmanchester Wildlife Trust Reserve. We believe these may may be the first recorded sightings for the reserve. Also seen there this morning in warm sunshine were many Migrant Hawkers, Common Darters and Common Blue Damselflies.

  • 9th Sep 2017
    East Sussex
    SMC

    RSPB Broadwater Warren - 2 Black Darters, 1 Golden-ringed Dragonfly, 7 Emerald Damselfly, 4 Southern Hawker, 5 Migrant Hawker, 1 Brown Hawker, 19 Common Darters

  • 9th Sep 2017
    NORFOLK
    smr

    Willow Emerald found in car park of RSPB Titchwell

  • 6th Sep 2017
    Essex
    SRJ

    Phyllis Currie EWT reserve - 6 Migrant Hawkers, 1 Brown Hawker, 20+ Common Darters many in cop and tandem, Willow Emerald at least 6pr in tandem a few singletons & 1pr ovipositing

  • 5th Sep 2017
    Essex
    SRJ

    Phyllis Currie EWT reserve - 3 Migrant Hawkers, 6 Ruddy Darters, 1 Southern Hawker ovipositing, signs of bark scrapes by Willow Emerald in tree next to hide but no sign of damsels. 1 Blue tailed

  • 2nd Sep 2017
    Suffolk
    JO

    A pair of ovipositing Willow Emerald Damselfiles spotted on the Rattlesden River (the River Rat as its sometimes known) near Great Finborough.

  • 1st Sep 2017
    Kent
    MH

    A good walk around Nethergong in warm sunny conditions 11.30 - 4pm produced C70 Willow Emerald Damselflies. Most were in tandem and seemed to be all over the place. Surprise of the day went to a male Emerald Damselfly in tandem with a female Willow Emerald Damselfly  ( photos on blog ). Also seen were 2 Brown Hawker, 1 Southern Hawker, c10 Emerald Damselfly, c20 Migrant Hawker and c20 Common Darter. 

  • 31st Aug 2017
    Kent
    MH

    At Nethergong today were c50 Willow Emerald Damselfly seen. Most were seen in tandem and ovipositing noted into stinging nettle stems, Dog Rose, Willow and Hawthorn. Also seen were 2 Brown Hawker, 1 Southern Hawker, c20 Migrant Hawker and 2 Emerald Damselfly. Photos on my Blog. 

  • 29th Aug 2017
    Norfolk
    DJW

    Swannington Upgate Common - Willow Emeralds, at least 3 males and 2 pairs in cop in a large oak overhanging one of the ponds, ovipositing seen - first I've found here. Also 3 male Southern Hawkers and 3 male Migrant Hawkers territorial, and numerous Common Darter pairs ovipositing at same pond. 

     

  • 29th Aug 2017
    Essex
    SRJ

    Blue House Farm EWT reserve Nth Fambridge - 20+ Migrant Hawkers (at least 5 pr in CoP), 6 Ruddy Darters, didn't see any Damsels!

  • 28th Aug 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    IMW

    On my third visit this year to Cambourne reserve I located at least 8 Willow Emerald Damselfly in the willow saplings along the east side of Ewart lake. Other odonata there included 5 Brown Hawkers, 1 Southern Hawker, many Migrant Hawkers, many Common Darter, several Ruddy Darter and many Common Blue Damselflies. (also a Wasp spider). 

  • 28th Aug 2017
    Norfolk
    DJW

    Despite the fine, warm weather fairly low activity at the remaining small pools at Winterton Dunes in the morning but a male Keeled Skimmer was a surprise chasing off the usual Ruddy and Common Darters and Common Emeralds. In the afternoon I visited Catfield Fen where at least 12 male Migrant Hawkers were holding territories along the rond dyke, 5 Brown Hawkers, a very late Norfolk Hawker, at least 20 Ruddy Darters, 4 male/2 female Willow Emeralds, numerous Common Emeralds, but only 2 Blue-taileds and single Small Red-eye seen.

  • 27th Aug 2017
    Kent
    NCB

    I found numerous Willow Emeralds in 5 different spots in the Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve.

  • 27th Aug 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    SFL

    Cambridge University Botanic Garden - x5 Willow Emerald Damselfly (3 settling on Pampa grass, 2 in cop in a tree). 50+ Common Darter, x2 Brown Hawker, x1 Southern Hawker, x3 Migrant Hawker, x2 Common Blue Damselfly, x1 Blue-tailed Damselfly)

  • 26th Aug 2017
    Lincolnshire
    SRo

    Crowle Moor NNR,Lincolnshire.. A visit to this superb area today,revealed the following species and numbers: 25 Emerald Damselfly; 13 Common Hawker; 1 Brown Hawker; 3 Southern Hawker; 3 Migrant Hawker; 3 Ruddy Darter; 201 Common Darter; 308 Black Darter

     

  • 26th Aug 2017
    Hampshire
    SJ

    Golden ringed dragonflies in large numbers, patrolling and in cop. A few Black tailed skimmers lots of common darters and two new species for me - small red and southern damselflies. Take wellies!

  • 26th Aug 2017
    Lincolnshire
    PDT

    Visit to Baston Fen , found 4 male & 3 female  Willow Emeralds, including one pair Ovipositing . Hanging on Willows over ditch & ponds .

  • 26th Aug 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    JO

    Wicken Fen - Cambridgeshire: Voluteering at the Dragonfly Centre at Wicken Fen on Saturday 26th I id'd a photo of a Willow Emerald taken by a visiting couple taken on the fen that afternoon.  Sadly didn't have time to go out on the fen and look for myself.

  • 25th Aug 2017
    East Sussex

    A morning at Old Lodge on the Ashdown Forest produced a good number of sightings. 2 Black Darter by the acid pools (the one nearest the telegraph pole in the heather). Also Keeled Skimmers, 1 Small Red Damsel, Emperor, Common and Ruddy Darters and Southern Hawker. activity from 10:30-12

  • 25th Aug 2017
    Surrey
    GJH

    A Willow Emerald in willows on the northern side of Bolder Mere.

  • 25th Aug 2017
    Norfolk
    JM

    Hempton Common, Fakenham, Norfolk. Two pairs of ovipositing Willow Emerald, along with a lone ovipositing female. Same tree as last year.

  • 24th Aug 2017
    Lincs
    PL

    On Thursday 24th August I visited the Butterfly Conservation run reserve at Snakeholme Pit were I saw at least 10 Small Red-eyed Damselfly on floating vegetation along with Southern, Brown and Migrant Hawkers, Common and Ruddy Darters and Blue-tailed and Common Blue damselfly

  • 24th Aug 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    SRJ

    Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire - 30+ Migrant Hawkers, 10+ Ruddy Darters

  • 24th Aug 2017
    Surrey
    KT

    SURREY August 24th Bransland Pond,  NT  Outwood Lane, Bletchingley. At least 3 Willow Emeralds (2 males and a female )  were around the young willow saplings where I recorded them last year. Also a Ruddy Darter, many Common Darters and a Brown Hawker.

  • 23rd Aug 2017
    West Sussex
    APB

    Southern Migrant Hawker, Pagham Harbour, West Sussex. 1 stunning male found this afternoon c1615 patrolling the pathway and edge of the small pond at the start of Ferry Lagoon. The site is found on the opposite side of the road to Ferry Pond just to the right of the huge pumps on the channel. Seemed settled and territorial as it chased off Common Darters frequently. Still present at c1650

  • 23rd Aug 2017
    East Sussex
    TJW

    On a walk today along the Military Canal at Pett Level, my wife and I counted approx 20 Migrant Hawkers, 12 Common Darters, 5 Emperors and 2 Ruddy Darters.

  • 23rd Aug 2017
    Rutland
    SRJ

    Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Rutland - 2 (f) Southern Hawker, 20+ Migrant Hawkers, 1 Brown Hawker, 50+ Ruddy Darters

  • 22nd Aug 2017
    Lincolnshire
    PDT

     3 Willow emeralds at Baston Fen Lincolnshire. Today at 3.00pm, 3 male Willow  Emerald damselflies in Willow trees overhanging ditch , where 2 females were seen ovipositing last year.

  • 22nd Aug 2017
    Oxfordshire
    PMC

    Two brown hawkers mating on a small wooden plank on a pond next to Gavray Drive, Bicester OX26

    51.896, -1.138 on Google Maps

  • 22nd Aug 2017
    Oxford
    PMC

    Common Darter on plant in Gavray Meadows LWS 520W1. Female Time 17 10.

  • 20th Aug 2017
    Essex
    KT

    Today visited the brand new pond at Temple grove pond and already looking really good. 1x Common Darter,  2x Willow Emerald,1x Red Eyed and many Blue Tailed Damselflys 

  • 20th Aug 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    JNW

    A male Willow Emerald Damselfly was seen perched briefly at around 12 noon in ditch-side vegetation at the same site at Wicken Fen NR where the species was discovered ovipositioning last year. This is along the boardwalk and near a willow overhanging the ditch/pond on the left before reaching Brickpit Hide.. 

  • 20th Aug 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    SFL

    RSPB Fen Drayton - Upto 18 degrees C and clear skies. Brown Hawker (3), Southern Hawker (8) and Migrant Hawker (5). Common Darter (40+) and Ruddy Darter (24). Common Blue Damselfly (400+). Blue-tailed Damselfly (16). Single Black-tailed Skimmer which was looking ragged with all four wings damaged but able to fly.

     

  • 19th Aug 2017
    Essex
    AF

    On a mostly cloudy day, about four Willow Emeralds and one Small Red-eyed Damselfly on Langford Cut between Holloway Road, Heybridge and Langford Weir plus six Willow Emeralds at Beeleigh Falls, including four in the overhanging oak by the bridge.

  • 18th Aug 2017
    Essex
    SRJ

    RHS Hyde Hall, main lake area - 2 Migrant Hawkers, 1 male Emperor, 1 Black tailed Skimmer, 6 Ruddy Darters, 4 Common Darters, 1 Emerald, 10+ Blue tailed, 50+ Common Blue

  • 18th Aug 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    IDS

    Male Willow Emerald Damselfly seen near Rampton, Cambs (TL414681)

  • 17th Aug 2017
    Norfolk
    DJW

    While watching the activity of a Garden Spider in my North Norwich garden a male Willow Emerald Damselfly suddenly appeared on a nearby branch narrowly avoiding being a meal for the spider - it didn't stay long and also evaded my camera, but a surprising and very welcome addition to the garden list. This prompted me later to revisit the nearest suitable habitat less than a mile away in the city along the River Wensum near Wensum Park, where after a bit of searching from both banks I eventually found at least 6 male Willow Emeralds in trees overhanging the north bank in the sunshine, and a further 2-3 from St Crispins Road bridge further downstream - no females yet. Also along this stretch of the river numerous Banded Demoiselles, several Common Blue Damsels and Brown Hawkers, and a single Southern Hawker seen. 

  • 15th Aug 2017
    West Sussex
    DLS

    At Woods Mill in West Sussex at least 8 male Willow Emerald Damselflies around the lake, females remaining elusive. Also, evidence of last year's breeding with oviposition scars on a sallow branch. Other species present were Azure, Blue-tailed and Large Red-eyed Damselflies; Emperor; Brown and Southern Hawker; and Common and Ruddy Darter.

  • 15th Aug 2017
    Norfolk
    C B

    5 Male Willow Emerald Strumpstraw Fen RSPB Norfolk 

  • 15th Aug 2017
    Warwickshire
    PJR

    An immature Red-veined Darter was seen by Jeff Rankin at Marsh Lane Nature Reserve, Hampton-in-Arden on the 15th August. This is a particularly interesting sighting as it follows sightings this year here on the 31 May & 1 June. It probably emerge from a pool on the reserve.

    For photographs go to the Warwick Dragonfly Group http://warwickshire-dragonflies.org.uk/wdg/news.php#170817.

  • 14th Aug 2017
    East Sussex
    IJS

    I saw male and female black darters on one of the small ponds at Old Lodge together with small red and emerald damselflies, keeled skimmer (male) common and ruddy darter and southern hawkers were also seen. Down near the stream I saw a couple of Downy Emerald dragonflies and a Golden-ringed dragonfly.  

  • 14th Aug 2017
    Kent
    MH

    Back to Nethergong this afternoon where I managed to see at least 50 Willow Emerald Damselflies. Many were in tandem and ovipositing was noted into stinging nettle stems like last year. Photos on my blog. Also seen were 2 Brown Hawker, 1 Southern Hawker and a few Banded Demoiselle, Blue tailed Damselfly but only a couple of Migrant Hawker. 

  • 14th Aug 2017
    Essex
    HLT

    Southern Migrant Hawkers - Canvey Island. 7 male Southern Migrant Hawkers observed at the ditch referred to in previous sighting reports. All of these were seen in the first 400 metres of the ditch.

  • 13th Aug 2017
    Kent
    MH

    Another visit to Nethergong this morning between 8 - 10 am produced at least 45 Willow Emerald Damselfly in a 100m stretch. Probably lots more around as they were dropping low down from the tree tops all morning. Also managed to find 1 Brown Hawker and 2 Migrant Hawker.

  • 13th Aug 2017
    Suffolk
    PWS

    A single teneral Red-veined Darter in the dunes, south of the North Wall, at Minsmere RSPB Reserve. Elsewhere on the reserve; many Migrant Hawkers, Common and Ruddy Darters, Black-tailed Skimmer, and abundant Emerald and Blue-tailed Damselflies.

  • 13th Aug 2017
    East Sussex
    PRL

    Six species in East Sussex, near Horstead Keynes: White-legged damselflies, mating Common damselflies, Azure damselfly, Brown Hawker, Common Darters, and Black-tailed Skimmer

  • 13th Aug 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    SFL

    RSPB Fen Drayton - fair weather cloud, light breeze, 20 degrees C. 9 Brown Hawkers, 4 Migrant Hawkers, 1 Southern Hawker. 5 Red-eyed Damselfly, 3 Small Red-eyed Damselfly. 17 Common Darter, 3 Ruddy Darter. Common Blue Damselfly numbers were lower today at approximately 150 (recent numbers have been in 1000's).

  • 12th Aug 2017
    Kent
    MH

    A visit to Nethergong this morning produced c40 Willow Emerald Damselfly. Also 2 Migrant Hawker noted. Photos on my blog.

Pages