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 British Dragonfly Society Recording Scheme 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.

By logging your sightings here you agree to the BDS storing the details you enter and that you may be contacted by a County Dragonfly Recorder or by the Records Officer if they are of particular interest.

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

  • 17th Feb 2019
    Cornwall
    First (migrant) dragonflies of the year

    The recent mild weather has seen an arrival of migrant insects, including a female Vagrant Emperor photographed at Porthmeor, St. Ives  (Cornwall) on 17 February. A 'probable' Vagrant Emperor was also seen on Anglesey on 15 February.

  • 5th Feb 2019
    Somerset
    Black darter

    I tried to record this sighting on iRecord as requested as probably the latest in  the year, but it wouldn't record. I saw it on 26 September on Priddy Pond, Somerset.