Previous Sightings

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  • 28th May 2012
    Oxfordshire
    SJD

    Over about 3 hours watched at least 5 common club-tails climb the footing of the railway viaduct over the Thames at Goring and then emerge. Have uploaded some video footage of the first part of the emergence here http://www.flickr.com/photos/sjdarlington/7298011992/. Numerous banded demoiselles, large red damselflies and a few white-legged damselflies observed around the same area.

  • 28th May 2012
    Greater London
    CR

    Lamorbey Park Lake, Sidcup.  Red-eyed (on waterlilies), Blue-tailed, Azure, and Large Red Damselflies

  • 28th May 2012
    Gloucestershire

    A visit to the R. Avon at Twyning on the morning of 28th May was rewarded with a mass emergence of Scarce Chaser. As we walked slowly along the riverside edge, 41 newly-emerged Scarce Chasers flew out of riverside vegetation - an amazing spectacle! We also saw several exuviae but collected only three that were easily accessible!Other species present were: Banded Demoiselle - 100+ many teneral, White-legged Damselfly - 22 mainly teneral, Red-eyed Damselfly - 37 including a mating pair, and Blue-tailed Damselfly - 21 including a mating pair.And the welcome return of a Cuckoo singing well!

  • 27th May 2012
    Cambridgeshire
    KF

    2 immature male Scarce chasers at Paxton Pits

  • 27th May 2012
    Cambridgeshire
    IKD

    A walk along the River Ouse at Little Paxton this morning in perfect dragonfly weather produced a count of 70 Scarce Chasers, mostly recently emerged. Also good numbers of Banded Demoiselles and Red-eyed Damselflies along the river, plus a single patrolling male Hairy Dragonfly. The meadow and Rudd Lake close to Paxton Pits Visitor Centre had 4 Four-spotted Chasers and 3 Hairy Dragonflies, a hawking male and 2 ovipositing females.

  • 27th May 2012
    Hertfordshire
    HLT

    Numerous Azure Damselflies in tandem and in cop, many Large Red Damselflies and 5 teneral Four-spotted Chasers seen at Kings Mead today

  • 27th May 2012
    Hampshire
    PDW

    I spent 4 hours this afternoon in the Silver Stream / Ober Water area. Highlights were 60+ Keeled Skimmers (mostly teneral), 9 Southern Damselflies (1 female), a male Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly and a Golden-ringed Dragonfly.

    Earlier at a private site I found 4 mature male Red-Veined Darters.

    Images will appear later on my blog.

  • 27th May 2012
    Leicestershire
    LE

    Five species in Leicestershire garden pond. By 9a.m. there were already 6 damselflies in the process of emerging as well as a Four Spotted Chaser - the ninth of the week! As temperatures warmed up the Large Reds and Azures came to the pond, with 2 pairs of each ovipositing, and numbers of singles. They could be seen all around the garden during the day. A single male Blue-tailed Damselfly appeared, but later in the day a female was ovipositing alone. The first of the mature Four Spotted Chasers returned to perch. (One had emerged about a metre from the pond edge, but hadn't allowed enough space, and had wonky wings, so couldn't fly.) There were at least three very large hawker larvae swimming vigorously around the pond, so I am hoping for Emperors tomorrow. I was thinking of clearing out some of the emergent plants to encourage the Common Blue to return - but just in time I saw a Grass Snake swimming and then going into the bank at the side, followed shortly by a frog. The frog I didn't mind, but I will not wade into a pond inhabited by a snake! Not even for Odonata!

  • 27th May 2012
    Worcestershire
    GP

    About 6 fresh Club Tailed Dragonflies along R Avon west of Eckington Bridge and 1 Scarce Chaser. A few Banded Dems & Large Red Dams.

  • 27th May 2012
    Midlothian
    AG

    Edinburgh - Large reds and azures

  • 27th May 2012
    Gtr London (Essex)
    CRJ

    Bedfords Park LNR, near Romford. 6 Broad-bodied Chasers (4 males  & 2 females), 100+ Azure Damselflies (mainly on the Damselfly Pond, few elsewhere) and 20+ Large Red Damsels. On the lake 10+ Red-eyed Damselflies, a few Common Blue Damsels and 2 Blue-taileds.

  • 27th May 2012
    Somerset
    DJP

    Somerset Levels: At Westhay NNR, several very active Hairy Dragonflies, lots of Four-spotted Chasers, one Broad-bodied Chaser together with Azure, Blue-tailed and Southern Damselflies.At West Sedgemoor RSPB Reserve, a few more Hairy Dragonflies including one pair in tandem, some Four-spotted Chasers and Azure, Variable and Large Red Damsellies

  • 27th May 2012
    West Sussex
    AB

    Burton mill Pond: Blue tailed damsels, large red damsels and red eyed damselflies. And a stunning Male Hairy dragonfly.

  • 27th May 2012
    Kent
    NDP

    At least 4 variable blue damselflies around the wooded area at the Stodmarsh end of the NNR.  Also 2 hairy dragonflies spotted and 2 broad bodied chasers perched.  1 large red damselfly pair and a number of azure blue and  blue tailed damselflies also present, includeing a pair being captured and eaten by a Nuctenea cornuta spider.  Some photos here: http://www.uk-wildlife.co.uk/variable-damselfly-and-nuctenea-cornuta-spi...

  • 27th May 2012
    Highland
    SJC

    An early spot of a golden-ringed dragonfly on 27th May at Strathmashie in the Highlands during glorious weather. Hundreds of Large red damselflies and scores of Four-spotted chasers also on the wing.

  • 26th May 2012
    Staffordshire
    GHM

    BDS/Natural England visit to Chartley Moss. About 25 people took the morning organised walk onto Chartley Moss Schwingmoor. The weather was near perfect and many teneral and emerging White-faced Darters were seen. Also present were Large Red Damselflies including several in tandem and ovipositing, and 4-spotted Chasers.

    Note that this site is closed to the public except for a small number of guided events each year because of the dangerous and fragile nature of the quaking bog.

  • 26th May 2012
    Essex
    AR

    Wake Pond, Epping Forest: 6+ Hairy Dragonflies, several pairs of Large Red Damselflies in cop, many Azure Damselflies and 1 4-Spot Chaser. No sign of Downy Emeralds.

  • 26th May 2012
    Norfolk
    JM

    12 Broad-Bodied Chasers, only three immature males and one blue mature male. the rest were females, also two male Hairy Dragonflies, and one Four-spotted Chaser. an abundance of Large Reds and Azures, but only three female Banded Demoiselles. River Wensum, near Sculthorpe moor, Fakenham.

  • 26th May 2012
    Devon

    Bystock Pools, near Exmouth.  Downy Emerald, Hairy, Four Spotted chaser dragonflies were all on the wing over the main pond.  Also had Blue tailed, Azure and Large Red damselflies.

  • 26th May 2012
    Kent
    JM

    An early evening walk to see two white-winged black terns also turned up dozens of variable damselflies an azure damselfly and a hairy dragonfly; all were sheltering along the Lampen Wall [Stodmarsh]

  • 26th May 2012
    Suffolk
    MS

    Many Hairy Dragonflies -  15+ seen. Also 4 Broad Bodied Chasers, 2 possible Scarce Chasers - zoomed past but looked very orange. Lots of Damselflies - good numbers of newly emerged Azure and Variables, a few Large Reds and one or two Blue tailed.

  • 26th May 2012
    Cornwall
    DMM

    Windmill Farm Nature Reserve , The Lizard. 20+ Four Spot Chasers, 10+ Broad Bodied Chasers, 2 Black Tailed Skimmers,  1 Emperor and many damselflys 

  • 26th May 2012
    Glamorgan
    DB

    Cosmeston lakes SSSI: A new pond dug accidentily by a digger was only there to dig drainedge channels in reed beds next to dipping pond went wild unsupervised by warden dug a pond out 40 ft  by  20 ft and 16 inches deep  has nice vegitation growing at edges  water is a bit brackish but was nice to see  Black tailed skimmers (2) males  on the fringe mature ones   3 male Broad bodied chasers  1 female and ovipositing   2  male 4 spotted chasers  1 trying to mate with the female Broad bodied chaser numerous times. Mixed bag of damselflies Azure / Common blue / Large red damselfly and Blue tail about  600 in all many ovipositing and in copula.Although this pond was dug accidentaly glad it was. Last year it was a reed bed which had an influx of migrant birds in it which decimated the damselfly and 4 spotted chasers that were in the dipping pond. As soon as they emerged they were eaten.Top dragonfly pond mass emergence of 4 Spotted chaser counted 38 along the pond fringe between 8-15am  and  9 am  again an abundance of mixed damselflies about a 1000 Azure /  Common blue /  large red  and blue tail

  • 26th May 2012
    Berkshire
    DDM

    With my wife away in Shropshire on the latest module of her Masters Degree, I took advantage of the hot weather for a walk through the local Holybrook Linear Park and along the Kennet towpath on Saturday afternoon.  The highlight was finding three Hairy Dragonflies (Brachytron Pratense) all involved in breeding behaviour. Firstly a joined pair was flushed from brambles and flew up into a lakeside hawthorn on the NW corner of Moatlands Gravel Pit, where they hang in clear view for about 10 minutes (SU 663708) in mating position before flying (still joined in the "heart"" position) out of sight. Several hours later, a lone female was found ovipositing on rotten reeds and floating branches along the Kennet Offshoot at SU688709. No doubt as to the ID - I was looking for Variables at the time and flushed the female by chance, but within a few seconds she returned to her original laying site almost at my feet. It's the first time I've been fortunate enough to see egg-laying in this species, and it was particularly interesting to record it in sites where (as far as I'm aware) Hairy Dragonflies were not recorded in 2011. It could be a sign that they're continuing to spread and establish themselves across the county.The walk revealed good numbers of demoiselles both in the Linear Park and along the Offshoot (with lesser numbers along the Kennet & Avon itself, possibly due to the stiff breeze discouraging the insects from flying). I don't have my notebook with me at the moment, but overall counts of Beautiful Demoiselle were over three figures, with around 50-60 Banded Demoiselles. Tenerals of both species were also seen. Common Blues were extremely numerous, as you might expect, with clusters of breeding pairs over the water along the top edge of Searle's Lane Pit (where I saw the ovipositing Hairy). Red-Eyed Damsels, Large Reds, Blue-Tails and Azures were found all along my route, with 3 Downy Emerald were seen at different times and a single 4-Spot. Surprisingly no Broad-Bodied Chasers, though. Variable Damselfly (Coenagrion Pulchellum) numbers are still climbing with 17 males and 2 females counted in their usual location along the Offshoot. I must confess, though, to being slightly disappointed - in such perfect conditions I was hoping for there to be more.

  • 26th May 2012
    Satffordshire
    MP

    Undertook guided walk of Chartley Moss National Nature reserve. Numerous White faced Darters, mainly immature. Also good numbers of Large Red Damselfly. A single Four Spotted Chaser and single male Broad Bodied Chaser seen.Pictures of White Faced Darters http://www.flickr.com/photos/woodwolfuw/7280487210/in/photostream and http://www.flickr.com/photos/woodwolfuw/7280626066/in/photostream/

  • 26th May 2012
    Pembrokeshire
    DHP

    One Red-Veined Darter on Gann Estuary. 7.00 pm

  • 26th May 2012
    Dorset
    MJG

    I saw an immature Scarce Chaser in my West Christchurch garden today (26th May). It was hawking around and returning to the same general area for most of the morning.

  • 25th May 2012
    Norfolk
    DB

    Broad Bodied Chasers, Azure & Large Red Damsels emerging daily from garden pond, Norwich. Photos: http://www.davidboulton.co.uk/gallery_410877.html

  • 25th May 2012
    Suffolk
    JO

    23 four spotted chasers emerged from my garden pond this morning, adding to the 34 from yesterday. Again emergence was between 8:30 and 12:00.

  • 25th May 2012
    Wicklow
    AL

    Variable (x5) and Large Red (x3) Damselflies, Hairy Dragonfly (x4) and Four Spotted Chaser (x1) on BirdWatch Ireland East Coast Nature Reserve at Blackditch, County Wicklow

  • 25th May 2012
    Tyne and Wear
    RJG

    Just after mid-day today a Broad-bodied Chaser was the only dragonfly to be seen in Newcastle Great Park. 

  • 25th May 2012
    Berkshire
    JWS
    I just had a short amount of free time late afternoon so I popped back to Swinley Brick Pits, and it was well worth the visit, a significant improvement over two days ago. The highlights were singleton mature males, active over water, of Hairy Dragonfly and an early Brilliant Emerald. Also seen were Downy Emerald x 4, Four-spotted Chaser x 3, plus Large Red x8, Blue-tailed x 2 and Azure Damselfy x 2.
  • 25th May 2012
    North Lancs/South Cumbria
    SJB

    Barkbooth Lot - Cumbria Wildlife Trust site -   In hot sunshine at least fifty mostly immature Beautiful Demoiselles in the woods, high in the trees or on bracken.  A small number of matures on the stream.               

  • 25th May 2012
    Essex
    NDP

    At least 3 hairy dragonflies flying over a pond near the new boardwalk.  1 pr Mating large red damselflies (with a few other individuals), at least 3 azure blue mating pairs (and some individual males) and 1 broad bodies chaser (the 1st individual spotted the previous day)

  • 24th May 2012
    Devon
    DM

    Downy Emerald @ Little Bradley Pond. One seen close @ 11.55

  • 24th May 2012
    Gloucestershire

    A morning visit to The Mythe, on a warm, still, but overcast day: A walk by the lakeside produced sightings of two pre-flight emergent Scarce Chaser, with their exuviae, as well as two more exuviae. Later we spotted two more teneral Scarce Chaser on the track between the river and the lake, making a total of 6 for the day. Two or maybe three Common Clubtail were also present along the track. 20+ Banded Demoiselle, 6 Beautiful Demoiselle (fewer than on 22 May), 2 female White-legged and 25+ Blue-tailed, as well as small numbers of Azure, Large Red and Red-eyed Damselfly. There were numerous newly-emerged damselflies taking off, too immature for identification.

  • 24th May 2012
    Berkshire
    CJM

    This afternoon my wife Cathy saw a Hairy Dragonfly (Brachytron Pratense) at Hosehill Lake LNR, Theale, coursing along the pond on the west of the reserve (SU646696) along with clouds of teneral Common Blues. . 

  • 24th May 2012
    Shropshire
    GHM

    Whixhall Moss. 4-spot Chaser (2), Large Red Damselfly (10-30) pairs in tandem and ovipositing, Azure Damselfly (3-10) pairs in cop, Common Blue Damselfly (10-30), Banded Demoiselle (1 male). Sunny and very warm. No sign of White-faced Dater.

  • 24th May 2012
    Glamorgan
    DB

    Lavernock point SSSI  nature reserve nr Penarth Glamorgan  small pond  14 male Broad bodied chasers happily flying about   2 female Broad bodied chasers ovipositing and in copula numerous times with the males also present 30 -40 Large red damselflies  20 - 30  Azure damselflies. Some good shots of ovipositing females. This pond was extended by 20 odd feet last year 2011 doubling its size now reaping the rewards now the pond is maturing nicely.

  • 24th May 2012
    Norfolk
    JM

    Three Hairy Dragonflies seen today along my stretch of the River Yare, Cringleford, Norwich. One of which was a definite male, because I had  the luck to photogragh it when it perched to eat its prey

  • 24th May 2012
    Suffolk
    JO

    Mass emergence of 34 four spotted chasers this morning from my garden pond, the majority of which started around 8:30, and all were on the wing by 12:30. 2 casualties. One to ants, and one found on the lawn with damaged eyes, despite having taken to the wing.

  • 24th May 2012
    Ross & Cromarty
    PV

    On 24 May 2012 I was searching bog pools between Loch Maree and the A832 east of Tarradale for signs of emergence, particularly of Azure Hawker as I had found a larva of that species in the area in April. I was making my way back at about 12 noon, having found nothing, when I put up a small dragonfly which could barely fly and flopped into an adjacent pool. It managed to get a grip on some emergent vegetation and hauled itself out of the water. While it dried I took some photos, not very good as it was blowing about. After about 25 minutes it flew off. I identified it as a female White-faced Darter from the yellow markings and shape of the hind wings. I was walking along a narrow strip between two bog pools, each of which had a deep area, when I put it up. I was unable to find the exuvia. It was not along the edge of either pool, which is where I have previously found exuviae, so I suppose it had emerged a little inland from the pool edge, and my foot had dislodged the exuvia. The delay in submitting this sighting is because I have been out of reach of my computer until now, but I thought it worth putting in as it appears to be the earliest record on the BDS website.

  • 23rd May 2012
    Middlesex
    TJM

    Our new garden wildlife pond, only 10 weeks old, has attracted a large red damselfly. Well worth all that labour to dig the pond. Looking forward to summer!

  • 23rd May 2012
    Norfolk
    JM

    First Hairy Dragonfly seen flying on the River Yare, cringleford Norwich. Several fresh Banded Demoiselle and the Large Red Damselflies now mating in summer sunshine.

  • 23rd May 2012
    Berkshire
    JWS

    David Lloyd and I visited Swinley Brick Pits this morning, spending over two hours on site, both outside the goat enclosure( public access) and within( restricted access). Records: Azure Damselfy (8 teneral, 1 exuvia, zero matures); Large Red Damselfly (10 tenerals, 12 mature males, 5 tandem pairs, but none seen ovipositing, 1 exuvia), Blue-tailed Damselfly (2 mature males); Four-spotted Chaser(8 teneral, 1 exuvia, 1 mature male holding territory), Downy Emerald (2 mature males over water). I went on to Englemere Pond. Because of high water levels the site is currently very difficult to survey. I came across one mature Downy Emerald and one Blue-tailed Damsel over water at the northern observation point. It was good to record Anisoptera at last, but the small number of mature specimens indicates that things are still very slow in this part of the world.

  • 23rd May 2012
    Berkshire
    DDM

    At lunchtime today - in perfect weather - I visited two small ponds at Shinfield Park, a private site close to Junction 11 of the M4. There were 21 mature Azures were on the wing - mostly males with only 2 females positively identified. There was also a single Large Red (Pyrrhosoma Nymphula), 2 Blue-Tails (Ischnura Elegans) and a single teneral Red-Eyed Damselfly (Erythromma Najas).

     Of greater interest, however, was the finding of two Anisopterids - both of which are first records for 2012 for me. There was a teneral - possibly newly-emerged - Four-Spotted Chaser (Libellula Quadrimaculata) perched on one of the reeds. Unfortunately I couldn't see any sign of its' larval case, but it seems most likely that it originated from the pond.

    The other was, at first, a bit of a puzzle, but a better view the following day confirmed it as a mature male  Downy Emerald (Cordulia Aenea).

    Some breeding activity was also observed, with a pair of Large Red Damselflies and a pair of Red=Eyed Damsels both seen flying in tandem.

  • 22nd May 2012
    Essex
    PSC

    Beautiful Demoiselle fem, Roman River, Colchester. By Copford church

  • 22nd May 2012
    Derbyshire
    JS

    Ilkeston. First Blue-tailed Damselfly and Four-spotted Chaser for the area. 

  • 22nd May 2012
    Gtr London (Essex)
    CRJ

    Dagnam Park LNR, Harold Hill near Romford. Warm sunshine but breezy: 1 teneral Four-spotted Chaser, 1 teneral Blue-tailed Damselfly, Large Red Damselflies on five ponds including some pairs in tandem (but no ovipositing seen) and a few Azure Damsels.

  • 22nd May 2012
    Lancashire
    MF

    Leighton Moss RSPB; Many immature Broad-bodied Chasers were flying here today in hot sunny weather. Also seen were immature Blue-tailed Damselflies.

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