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.

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  • 26th Apr 2018
    Cornwall
    CAM
    Red River LNR, Camborne

    Red River LNR, Camborne: Cloudy and showery, very cool except in good shelter.

    38+ Large-red  and 2 Azure damsels. 

  • 26th Apr 2018
    Gloucestershire
    Large Red and Azure Damselflies first sightings on 26th April

    A visit to Woorgreens new ponds in the Forest of Dean on 26th April, yielded sightings of two teneral female Large Red Damselflies, one female Azure Damselfly and two other tenerals which flew off too quickly to be able to identify.

    Andy Moody, one of my recorders, telephoned to tell me that he had seen 200+ teneral Large Red Damselflies at Dundry Nurseries wildlife area near Cheltlenham on the same day.

  • 26th Apr 2018
    Dorset
    WL
    Four spotted chaser sighted on Morden Bog, on 26th April 18 Wareham in Dorset.

    Four spotted chaser sighted on Morden Bog, Wareham Dorset, April 26th 2018. 

  • 25th Apr 2018
    Cornwall
    CAM
    RSPB Marazion Marsh Cornwall

    RSPB Marazion Marsh Cornwall: Cool windy day with some sunshine, warm in shelter.

    15+ Large-red Damsels inc. 2 teneral. 3 Blue-tailed Damsels, all teneral. 

  • 25th Apr 2018
    Dorset
    PB
    Large red damselfly sighting Corfe Hills South, Dorset

    0950/25042018 - a single Large Red Damselfly (female - f. tytpica) seen resting on bramble, at the entrance to Corfe Hills South nature park. A cool breezy morning on a showeryu/sunny day. This is the first sighting for this year and this species not seen here in previous years. 

  • 25th Apr 2018
    South Yorkshire
    MJW
    Martin Warne 25 April 2018 South Yorkshire

    My first Large Red Damsels of the year. 12 observed on Thorne Moors, 18 days later than last year.

  • 24th Apr 2018
    Wiltshire
    LB
    Evidence of emergence in South Wilts [VC08] today of Large Red Damselfly

    The 2018 season has finally started in Wiltshire today - albeit in an unconventional manner! An exuvia of a Large Red Damselfly was found by Lorraine Blakey in her garden pond today [Salisbury, S. Wilts [VC8], where none were present previously. Due to weather conditions the adult hasn't been located yet but at least proof of breeding has been confirmed!

  • 22nd Apr 2018
    London/Surrey
    BB
    Banded Demoiselle SW London

    My first Damselfly of the season. Male Banded Demoiselle in Morden Hall Park, SW London/Surrey TQ2668, 09:00 22/04/18. Two weeks later than last year, although that one was exceptionally early. Photo on 'UK Dragonflies and Damselflies' Facebook Group.

  • 22nd Apr 2018
    Bucks
    AKN
    Bucks

    At Dobbies garden centre Fenny Stratford. VC24: Large Red damselflies. 60 + exuvia. 20+ emerging many  maiden flights

  • 22nd Apr 2018
    Oxfordshire
    MB
    4 Large Red Damselflies Stratfield Brake Kidlington Oxon

    4 Large Red Damselflies at Stratfield Brake Lakes, Kidlington, Oxon. Photo on Oxon county recorder's website (stephenburch.com)

  • 22nd Apr 2018
    Surrey
    SJD
    Three large red damselflies seen emerging in Bushy Park

    Found my first dragonflies of the season; three large red damseflies recently emerged in the Woodland Gardens part of Bushy Park (Greater London/Surrey border) after a few days of warm/hot April sunshine. None had attained full colourisation and none were seen flying.

  • 21st Apr 2018
    Sussex
    SC
    Large Red Damselflies at SWT Old Lodge Nature Reserve

    Large Red Damselflies present at all of the pools visited at Sussex Wildlife Trust Old Lodge Nature Reserve. Lots of exuviae to be found!

  • 21st Apr 2018
    Yorkshire/Lincolnshire
    SRo
    Crowle & Thorne Moors NNR

    A visit in favourable conditions today resulted in some decent numbers of Large-red Damselflies being recorded: Thorne Moors NNR - 17; Crowle Moors NNR - 39.

     

  • 21st Apr 2018
    Isle of Wight (VC10)
    NB
    21st April 2018 Large Red Damselfly East Cowes Isle of Wight VC10

    Newly emerged Large Red Damselfly seen and photographed in the garden at East Cowes, Isle of Wight this afternoon.

     

  • 21st Apr 2018
    Kent
    MH
    Hairy Dragonfly on the wing

    Another male Hairy Dragonfly emerged from the pond early this morning.

  • 21st Apr 2018
    Lincolnshire
    PJR
    Many Large Red Damselflies today 21st April

    Today saw many Large Red Damselflies at Crowle Moor nature reseve. Counted up to 50+ before giving up. The weather was mainly sunny 20c and breezy. ( quite a few Orange-tip butterflies about)

  • 20th Apr 2018
    Berkshire
    MHT
    Berks - Large Red Damselfly

    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
    First Large Red for Norfolk

    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

    A single Large red at Roydon Common today

  • 20th Apr 2018
    Lincolnshire
    PJR
    Large Red Damselfly at Crowle Moor, Lincolnshire

    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
    Large Red Damselfly Manchester.

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

  • 20th Apr 2018
    Glamorgan
    DB
    Large emergence of Large Red Damselfly Lavernock point Nr South Wales

    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 + 

  • 20th Apr 2018
    Kent
    MH
    Hairy Dragonfly on the wing

    After checking the pond the last few nights, 1 Hairy Dragonfly emerged this evening between 21:30 and 23.15. Thankfully, I was able to lay at the pond and photograph the emergence which can be viewed on my blog. Also still a few Large Red Damselfly till emerging over the past few days.

  • 19th Apr 2018
    Bucks
    JH
    Bucks

    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
    Mass Emergence at Town Common

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

  • 14th Apr 2018
    Kent
    MH
    Large Red Damselfly in Kent

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

  • 7th Apr 2018
    Kent
    MH
    Large Red Damselfly in Kent

    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
    Large Red Damselfly in Kent

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

  • 4th Apr 2018
    Conwy/Caernarvonshire
    AB
    Exotic damselfly emerging from aquarium

    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!

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