Previous Sightings

This page contains sightings from Previous years. You can also see Archived sightings from long-past years.

  • 3rd Jun 2011
    Cornwall
    CPG

    Male Lesser Emperor perched up on some bramble along the cycle track at approximately 0915hrs this morning at Lands End complex  

  • 3rd Jun 2011
    Worcestershire
    GP

    Grafton Wood: 3 Broad-bodied Chasers, 4 Four-spotted Chasers, Azure Damselflies, & Blue-tailed Damselflies.  Eckington Bridge: 2 Scarse Chasers, White-legged Damselflies, Banded Demoiselles, Red-eyed Damselfly, & Blue-tailed Damselfy.

  • 3rd Jun 2011
    Devon
    DS

    During a draognfly training day for East Devon District Council today a male Scarce Chaser at Seaton Marshes - the first record there. There were also a couple of males each on the River Axe (just north of the A-road bridge) and at Lower Bruckland Ponds.

  • 3rd Jun 2011
    Essex
    TC

    Hadleigh CP, Essex. Good numbers of Broad-bodied chasers, 4 teneral Black-tailed skimmers. 6 Emperors, 4 Hairy Dragonflies & seven early freshly emerged teneral Ruddy Darters by one of the pools.

  • 3rd Jun 2011
    Armagh
    CPA

    2nd June - Montiagh's Moss - Irish Damselflies mating and ovipositing. Also Hairy Dragonflies, Four-spotted chasers, Azure and Variable Damselflies. 3rd June - Brackagh bog - teneral Brown Hawker.  Others as above except NO Irish damselflies.  Neither were they there on 31st May. Is it TOO LATE to save the Irish Damselfly?

  • 3rd Jun 2011
    Suffolk

    River Gipping, Needham Market, Suffolk along a 1 kilometre stretch downstream from Needham Lake.  Scarce Chasers in good numbers (10+) including at least 5 males holding territories together with 15+ Hairy Dragonflies, which are relatively new to this site.  Other dragonflies included Emperors, Four-spotted Chasers, Broad-bodied Chasers, and Black-tailed Skimmers. A good range of damselflies included large numbers of Banded Demoiselles and Large Red-eyes.  

  • 3rd Jun 2011
    North Lancashire/South Cumbria
    SJB

    Many newly emergent Beautiful Demoiselles flying among Oak and Sycamore trees - Barkbooth Lot (Cumbria Wildlife site)  One Golden-ringed Dragonfly.  Beautiful Demoiselles - River Winster, South Cumbria.  Also Banded Demoiselles on the River Winster and among bankside vegetation.  Many Banded Demoiselles - River Keer near Borwick, North Lancashire.

  • 3rd Jun 2011
    Tyne & Wear

    Male Broad-bodied Chaser resting on exposed stem in middle of school pond.

  • 3rd Jun 2011
    Devon
    CC

    Bystock Pools, nr Exmouth, Devon1 Golden-ringed, 5 Downy Emeralds, 6+ Emperor, 1 Hairy, Broad-bodied Chaser, Four-spotted Chaser, Beautiful Demoiselle, Keeled Skimmer, Large Red, Azure, Blue-tailed.

  • 2nd Jun 2011
    North Yorkshire
    JB

    Harwood Dale Forest First Sightings of the year 1 Female Broad-bodied Chaser and 2 males plus numerous Large Red Damselflies ovipositing.

  • 2nd Jun 2011
    Staffordshire
    SR

    First Keeled Skimmer of the year at Saltwells LNR Staffordshire.  Immature Keeled Skimmer seen sun bathing in the marsh.

  • 2nd Jun 2011
    North Lancashire/South Cumbria
    SJB

    North Lancashire/South Cumbria Downy Emeralds - Torver Common, Coniston also at  Barkbooth Lot (Cumbria Wildlife Trust site.)  Generally around - Four Spotted Chasers, Broad-bodied Chasers, Large Red Damselflies, Common Blue DamselfliesGold-ringed Dragonfly - Wenning Riverbank near Hornby.

  • 2nd Jun 2011
    Cornwall
    RL

    Breney Common, Cornwall. 10+, Small Red Damselflies; 1,000+, Large Red Damselflies; 100+, Azure  Damselflies; 10+, Blue-tailed Damselflies; 500+, Common Blue  Damselflies; 10+ Beautiful Demoiselles; 30+ Four-spotted Chasers; 1 x adult male Broad-bodied Chaser; 2 x Emperor Dragonflies; 1 x Golden-ringed Dragonfly.  All from 3 pools on CWT Nature Reserve, estimated numbers. Temp c. 20degsC, 90% sun.

  • 2nd Jun 2011
    Devon
    LS

    After an uneventful 2 hours on a lovely day. I packed up my photo gear and headed for Stover only to be buzzed by a beautiful Golden-ringed Dragonfly. Other sightings at Little Bradley Ponds, several Azure Damselflies and 3 Four-spotted Chasers.

  • 2nd Jun 2011
    Kent
    JCL

    A female Dainty Damselfly was found on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent. It was at the 2010 site with public access (the other two sites were on private land). Head north to Sheppey via the old road bridge.  Park either just south of the bridge (e.g. west of the road or in the Swale railway station car park) or in the small pull-offs just north of the bridge.  At the latter, a public footpath leads west past pools and under the new road bridge. The damselfly was on the northern shore of the second pool west of the road.  

  • 2nd Jun 2011
    Gloucestershire

    First sighting of Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly in the Forest of Dean for nearly two decades.  A series of ponds created in the Autumn of 2009 in the Cinderford Linear Park have created the right habitat.  Approx 12 males were seen in three of the ponds, as well as one exuvia collected. 

  • 2nd Jun 2011
    Oxfordshire
    MS

    One Common Clubtail by the Thames between Goring and Hartslock. 2 Clubtail exuviae beneath the railway viaduct. Also Banded Demoiselles, Red-eyed and Azure Damselflies along the river.

  • 2nd Jun 2011
    Durham
    DA

    Lake covered in Blue Damselflies, Alden Grange, Durham

  • 2nd Jun 2011
    North Yorkshire
    MAS

    Timble Ings: 20+ Large Red Damselflies, 1 Four-spotted Chaser and multiple Common Blue Damselflies.  The ponds are quite high up at nearly 300 metres above sea level.

  • 2nd Jun 2011
    East Inverness-shire
    CBH

    Glen Affric, Scotland.  7 White-faced Darters seen emerging with a further 20+ exuviae found. Also Northern Emeralds emerging and Downy Emeralds, Four-spotted Chasers, and Common Blue, Blue-tailed and Large Red Damselflies on the wing. 

  • 1st Jun 2011
    Kent
    ON

    Female Broad-bodied Chaser. I have seen this several times in the last three weeks on my garden pond.  Today she was flirting with another species - which I couldn't be sure of.

  • 1st Jun 2011
    Norfolk

    During a lunchtime stroll, 4 Broad-bodied Chasers (1 pair in cop ), 10+ Hairy Dragonflies ( 2 pairs in cop ), 1Male Southern Hawker, Numerous Blue-tailed, Common Blue and Azure Damselflies but only 2 Large Reds

  • 1st Jun 2011
    ESSEX

    Teneral Scarce Chaser on River Wid, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex. MH also recorded a male Scarce Chaser 10 days esarlier on the same stretch of river.  2 teneral Scarce Chasers within the Newland Grove Nature Reserve, alongside the river Chelmer, near Broomfield, Chelmsford.  Believed to be a first record for this area.

  • 31st May 2011
    Hampshire
    PR

    Scarce Blue-tailed Damselflies at Ober Water. This morning I took a walk along Ober Water from Puttles Bridge to Markway Bridge. Several Beautiful Demoiselles were present along with White-legged, Large Red, Blue-tailed, Azure and Southern Damselflies. Further along at the regular spot there were at least half a dozen Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfies. Larger species on the wing included Downy Emerald, male & female Broad-bodied Chaser, Four-spotted Chaser, Keeled Skimmer and Golden-ringed.

  • 31st May 2011
    Cheshire
    MF

    A visit to two localities in Cheshire. Good numbers of Large Red-eyed Damelflies were at Vale Royal Anglers' Pool; Azure and Large Red Damselfly were also present. At Farndon, there were again many Large Red-eyeds on the lily-pads in the Dee plus frequent Banded Demoiselles, two Broad-bodied Chasers and several Common Blue Damselflies. However, no sign of any Club-tailed despite a detailed search in good conditions.

  • 31st May 2011
    Middlesex
    EJ

    Large male Emperor Dragonfly Anax imperator found in urban setting, state of dying in middle of a pavement. At least 1km from large body of water.

  • 31st May 2011
    Leicestershire
    JMH

    A lunchtime walk around Kelham Bridge revealed 3 male Azure Damselflies and a teneral Black-tailed Skimmer.

  • 31st May 2011
    Surrey
    LB

    Female Keeled Skimmer seen resting on vegetation near ground level. Took some beautiful photos of her before she flew off!

  • 30th May 2011
    Norfolk
    DHR

    Cockshoot Broad/ Lower Bure Marshes. Norfolk Hawker 2+, Four-Spotted Chaser sev., Black-tailed Skimmer sev., Hairy Dragonfly 1+, Banded Demoiselle 1 fem, Many Azure & Com Blue Damselflies, Large Red Damselfly 10+

  • 30th May 2011
    Essex / Gtr London
    CRJ

    Dagnam Park LNR, Harold Hill near Romford. 5 teneral/immature Scarce Emerald Damselflies (2m & 3f), abundant Azures, good numbers of Red-eyed, plus Large Red, Blue-tailed and Common Blue. Also 3 male Emperors, 10+ Four-spotted Chasers and yesterday 2 female Broad-bodied Chasers away from water (not seen today - a species rarely over any of the site ponds in recent years). 

  • 29th May 2011
    Devon
    DS

    Stover Country Park and Little Bradley Pond. Ten people turned up on a rather cool, grey gloomy day for the first Devon BDS Group meeting of the year. After an update on recording in the county, we walked around the lake and adjacent ponds, finding lots of Azure and Blue-tailed Damselflies, plus a few Large Reds and Common Blues. We disturbed single Emperor and Black-tailed Skimmer and found an emerging Four-spotted Chaser, of which quite a few exuviae were also found. We arrived at Little Bradley after lunch in time for a few minutes of sunshine, when at least two Downy Emeralds and an Emperor appeared on territory, but little else of note was seen.

  • 29th May 2011
    Somerset
    RH

    Libellua depressa and Pyrrhosoma nymphula at Castle Neroche, Somerset

  • 29th May 2011
    Shropshire

    Whixall Moss: 2+ male White-faced Darters & 3 freshly emerged tenerals, 2 female Large Red Damselflies & several Four-spotted Chasers.

  • 29th May 2011
    Greater London (Surrey)
    GJH

    Immature male Emperor Dragonfly resting in low grass in an open area of scrub near South Norwood Lake, London SE25.

  • 27th May 2011
    Shropshire
    MWD

    Four Spot Chaser (?) in my garden. [Attached photo shows female Broad-bodied Chaser - Ed]. Seen on the flowers; stayed at least 15 minutes.

  • 27th May 2011
    devon
    BD

    Dragonfly looks like a hornet with dragonfly wings and about 3 inches long, Haldon Forest Park on the butterfly walk, i have 3 photos [photos show a female Broad-bodied Chaser - Ed].

  • 27th May 2011
    Cornwall
    RL

    1 x ad.male Emperor Dragonfly, hawking for insects over paddock in wooded Luxulyan Valley, St.Austell, Cornwall

  • 26th May 2011
    Buckinghamshire
    GM

    Noticed a Broad bodied chaser in my garden last night wilst trimming my Clematis. Still there this evening but now attached from the basket hanging above.What a cracking looking Dragon Fly not seen one before. Had to look up on the net. Surprised it is still there following heavy rain today.Little garden in new housing estate in Aylesbury but I do have a few plants in, others around me do not.

  • 25th May 2011
    Leicestershire
    NW

    Cribbs Meadow NNR, Leicestershire - 3 male and 1 female Broad-bodied Chaser on the pond in the nature reserve. Much competition between the males for the female with one successfully going into cop with the female, which then oviposited in the pond and surrounding vegetation. 2 further females seen on the old railway line running through the reserve.

  • 25th May 2011
    Lancashire
    MH

    Saw a broad bodied chaser in my garden yesterday and was still there this morning

  • 25th May 2011
    Worcestershire
    CWE

    Cromwells Crossing Nature Reserve in Worcester (SO852522). Another 14 common club-tailed exuviae and one teneral found on river wall and old tower

  • 25th May 2011
    Hampshire
    PDW

    At Crockford this morning I found 33 Southern Damselflies (one pr in cop) but just one immature Keeled Skimmer in a fairly sharp wind. At nearby Shirley Holms there were nine species including three Small Red Damselflies and two Keeled Skimmers on the periphery of the roadside pool.

  • 25th May 2011
    Berkshire
    JWS

    Today, at Swinley Brick Pits, by chance bumped in to Steve Cham and we toured the site together, recording 12 species. Highlights included Brilliant Emerald (2 or 3 males plus 1 emergent), Hairy Dragonfly (2 males), Downy Emerald (20+ males, plus 2 mating pairs and ovipositing female), and a female Beautiful Demoiselle ( a new site record, a visitor species). Also present: Emperor Dragonfly ( 3 males, an ovipositing female and an emergent plus exuvia), Broad-bodied and Four-spotted Chaser, plus Azure, Large Red, Common Blue, Red-eyed, and Blue-tailed Damsels.

  • 25th May 2011
    West Sussex
    PV

    Two Scarce Chasers seen in the vicinity of the pond in my area of woodland. Also at least four female Emperors laying eggs on the pondweed.(TQ218120)

  • 25th May 2011
    Essex / Gtr London
    CRJ

    Bedfords Park LNR, North Romford. Male Emperor patrolling Lake this pm (my earliest record here), also 4 mature male Black-tailed Skimmers, 2m Broad-bodied Chasers, Red-eyed, Azure, Blue-tailed and Common Blue Damsels. A few Large Reds on the Damselfly Pond. Male BB Chasers were patrolling 3 of the 5 new ponds excavated last year (Million Ponds Project) but water levels are very low.

  • 25th May 2011
    Somerset
    AMS

    Ham Wall and Walton Heath Somerset. 10000+ four-spotted Chaser, absolute swarms here. 10 Variable Damselfly, 10 Hairy Dragonfly, 30 Azure Damselfly, 5 Red-eyed Damselfly, 1 common blue damselfly.

  • 24th May 2011
    Hampshire
    SSK

    The warden, Simon King, reports a Southern Hawker flying at Lower Test Marshes

  • 24th May 2011
    Scottish Borders
    KD

    I've been watching 8 common blue damselfies emerge from my pond as nymphs & eventually take to the wing. What a priviledge. Kelso, Scotland.

  • 23rd May 2011
    Norfolk
    CHM

    Norfolk Hawker & Scarce Chaser on the wing in small numbers at Strumpshaw. 2 Norfolk Hawker, 1 teneral Scarce Chaser, 1 Broad B Chaser, 10+ Azure Damselfly, Banded Demoiselle along the river as well. Swallowtail butterfly also present

  • 23rd May 2011
    Essex
    JSP

    About six four spotted chasers . Marks Hall Coggeshall Essex

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