Previous Sightings

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  • 23rd May 2011
    Kent
    GJH

    An adult female Broad-bodied Chaser seen resting in reeds in a small dried up marshy area on the edge of East Blean woods, near Canterbury, Kent.

  • 22nd May 2011
    Suffolk
    SS

    I saw a Broad Bodied Chaser in my Twisted Hazel tree in my back garden, in a tiny village just outside Newmarket, Suffolk.  Stunning!  I took a picture as it is so beautiful and it has turned out brilliantly. 

  • 22nd May 2011
    Lincolnshire
    SR

    Messingham Sand Quarries SSSI LWTR. A survey of species around the reserve saw some impressive numbers being counted, with the following being seen: 1020 Azure Damselfly, 495 Common-blue Damselfly, 312 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 10 Red-eyed Damselfly, 3 Large-red Damselfly, 15 Four-spot Chaser and finally 35 Hairy Dragonfly

  • 22nd May 2011
    Cheshire
    PPC

    Clubtails on River Dee. Went to Adlford on the river Dee near Chester, spotted 12 teneral Common Clubtails, 6 White legged Damsels, Red eyed Damsels very numerous. Plenty of Banded Demoiselles also.

  • 21st May 2011
    Suffolk
    BS

    Holywells Park, Ipswich, Suffolk- 4+ Emperor Dragonflies on ponds and 1 Hairy Dragonfly. Also good numbers of Common Blue, Azure, Blue-tailed and Large Red Damselflies

  • 21st May 2011
    Surrey

    Brilliant Emerald New Location Sighting on River Wey. River Wey Near Papercourt Lock - 2 Brilliant Emerald males with nice photo opportunities, 4-Spotted Chaser, good numbers of Banded Demoiselles, a few Beautiful Demoiselles, several Large red, Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damnselflies

  • 21st May 2011
    Northants
    MT

    I managed to film a Downy Emerald take its maiden flight this afternoon at Yardley Chase. The movie is on my blog - click my initials on this post. Also around were many Four-spotted Chaser including mating and ovipositing, Azure and Large Red Damselflies and Hairy Dragonflies ovipositing.

  • 21st May 2011
    Lancashire
    MF

    Brockholes Wetlands. Large numbers of both Blue-tailed and Common Blue Damselflies as well as several male and female Banded Demoiselles at the Meadow Pool this morning. Surprisingly though, no Large Reds were seen.

  • 21st May 2011
    Suffolk
    RM

    Whilst watching about 20 Scarce Chasers and a few Hairy Dragonflies along a stretch of the River Waveney east of Beccles bridge, I was amazed to see a Norfolk Hawker. This is two weeks earlier than I normally see them. I understand that one was reported yesterday at RSPB North Warren also in Suffolk.

  • 21st May 2011
    Hampshire
    PDW

     

    In rather too windy conditions in the morning I walked along the Ober Water east from Markway Bridge and found just three immature White-legged Damselflies in the bog myrtle. I didn't find any Southern or Scarce Blue-tailed but I only saw 8 Azure. Other species seen were Beautiful Demoiselle 150+, Blue-tailed Damselfly 5, Large Red Damselfly 100+, Emperor 1, Downy Emerald 1, Four-spotted Chaser 3, Broad-bodied Chaser 16, Keeled Skimmer 7 (2 mature males). Andy Collins saw an early Golden-ringed Dragonfly near Brockenhurst.

  • 21st May 2011
    Oxfordshire
    MDR

    Two emerging Club-Tailed Dragonflies on wall of railway viaduct below the footpath at Goring. Also several Red-eyed Damselflies and Banded Demoiselles here.

  • 21st May 2011
    Norfolk

    Two Norfolk Hawkers spotted among the azaelias in How Hill Water Gardens accompanied by Swallowtail Butterflies and Hairy Dragonflies. I noticed a probable Norfolk Hawker flying over the How Hill House gardens and mentioned this to David Holmes, Director of the How Hill Trust.  He said that he had seen two Norfolk Hawkers looking 'fresh' and pale in the Water Gardens that morning, Sat 21st May.

  • 20th May 2011
    Norfolk
    GA

    An hours walk along River Ouse and onto Nunnery Lakes, Thetford revealed about 40 Banded demoiselles, mainly males, a few Large Reds, a male Broad bodied chaser, a male Hairy drangonfly, about 50-60 Common Blues, about 10 Blue tails and about 50 Red eyes. Some of the red eyes were in tandem and some were ovipositing with both the male and female completely submerged. Not bad for a cloudy windy day!

  • 20th May 2011
    Staffordshire
    GHM

    About 35 Blue-tailed (including tenerals) and a single male Large Red Damselfly found at the fishing lake at Brittania B.S. in Leek today. Cloudy and cool.

  • 20th May 2011
    Norfolk
    MS

    Variable Damselfly 10+ in flight together with lots of Azure Damselflies at Catfield Great Fen, Norfolk on Friday 20th May. Also 1 Norfolk Hawker and 4 - 5 Hairy Dragonflies, several Red Eyed and one Small Red Eyed Damselfly.

  • 19th May 2011
    West Berkshire
    Had a quick visit around the Ornamental Ponds at a private site at the back of Shinfield Park, Reading today (close to Junction 11). Although there were a few grey clouds around, there were also prolonged periods of bright sunshine which, with the wind finally dropping, made the dragons & damsels pretty active.  In the space of about 30 minutes I found a male Beautiful Demoiselle, a male Large Red Damselfly, approximately 80 Azures including many ovipositing pairs and 45-50 Red-Eyed. There were also a single Downy Emerald and 3 Four-Spotted Chasers. I think two of the Four-Spots were males and one female - although they did have some vigorous 3-way dogfights I saw at least one attampt to pair, and one of the Four-Spots did eventually peel away and start laying eggs in the shallow margins of the pond.
     
    The main reason for this message, however, is the sighting of a large, dark-coloured Aeshna over the centre of the pond. It never approached close to the bank, so I only had a distant view (about 15-20 feet). However the flight was strong and level (with occasional vertical climbs to chase prey), there were yellow flashes on the side of the thorax, and the wings had a definite bronze tint. I couldn't see any prominent abdominal markings, and the insect was definitely larger than a Hairy Dragonfly. I'm pretty sure it was a Brown Hawker (Aeshna Grandis) - at any other time of year I'd have been 100% convinced. The only thing I'm concerned about is that May seems such an early date for the species. Then again, that does seem to be the way of things this year!.
     
  • 19th May 2011
    Devon
    TB

    North Devon Heddon Valley - First sighting for scarce blue-tailed damselfly. Lots of Azure and large red damsels egg laying - 5 male Broad Bodied dragonflies and 1 female - 3 Blue tailed damsels - 2 Beautiful demoiselle 1 male 1 female and one teneral female scarce blue-tailed damselfly.

  • 19th May 2011
    Gloucestershire
    RW

    4 Broad-bodied Chasers (2 male, 2 female) mating and ovipositing. (At least 1 male Chaser here for past 2 weeks.) 1 Large Red Damsel. All seen on rural garden pond at Ablington, near Bibury. Still, fairly sunny and warmish.

  • 19th May 2011
    Cheshire
    TLC

    The large brightly coloured male libellula depressa was fliying over and alighted in a  herbacious border of common herbacious plants, lupins, poppies, irises, etc. in a rural garden in Pickmere, a village near Knutsford, Cheshire.   The area is surrounded by fields which at the moment are full of (nearly over) rape.

  • 19th May 2011
    Sussex
    LE

    Four species of Odonata in a Keymer garden. The sun came out today and brought a few garden visitors, 3 Azure damselflies, 5 Large Red damselfliies, a single Beautiful Demoiselle, which stayed only seconds, and a female Broad bodied Chaser. Delightful!

  • 19th May 2011
    Hampshire (but VC8)
    PDW

    I saw my first Keeled Skimmer of the year, a nearly fully pruinose male, at Cadnam Common in a 1 hour lunchtime visit. There were also two patrolling male Emperors,  five Downy Emeralds including a female ovipositing, about 30 each of Broad-bodied and Four-spotted Chaser, at least 50 ovipositing pairs of Azure Damselflies with slightly fewer Large Reds and just one Blue-tailed Damselfly

  • 19th May 2011
    Glamorgan
    DB

    VC 41 Cosmeston lakes and Lavernock point. Cosmeston Lakes top pond  6 four spotted chasers  1 ovipositing female  2 Male Black tailed Skimmers  1 male Hairy Dragonfly  40 large Red damsllflies many in copulating wheels and ovipositin  60 +  Common Blue damselflies many in tandom and in copulating wheels.

    Little brook, Cosmeston Lakes  1 immature female scarce blue damselfly  7 Banded demoiselle male 2 female.

    Lavernock point 4 male Broad bodied chasers 1 female broad bodied chaser ovipositing.

  • 19th May 2011
    Suffolk
    JPH

    Norfolk Hawker and Banded Agrion in north Suffolk. Found teneral A. isosceles and A. splendens (one of each) today at North Cove LNR. Photographed A. isosceles but on film, not digital, so cannot attach! 

  • 19th May 2011
    Worcestershire
    CWE

    Cromwells Crossing Nature Reserve in Worcester (SO852522). 12 common club-tailed exuviae found on river wall and old tower, four white-legged damselflies and about 20 banded demoiselles in meadow.

  • 19th May 2011
    Norfolk
    RFF

    Hairy Dragonfly at Blickling Lake, Norfolk yesterday and photographed

  • 19th May 2011
    Cheshire
    MF

    Red-eyed Damselflies at Vale Royal. Several Red-eyed Damselflies including territorial males and a pair ovipositing amongst floating pondweed; also Common Blue, Blue-tailed, and a single Azure Damselfly. A probable Hairy Dragonfly was distant and refused to settle. A few photos are on web-site.

  • 19th May 2011
    Berkshire
    SJD

    Visited Goring to watch the emergence of common clubtail dragonflies on the footings of the railway viaduct over the Thames. Although a very warm day with little wind, only 2 dragonflies were seen emerging. In the meadow to the west of the viaduct were also seen red-eyed damsels (some flying in tandem), and also my first white-legged damsels of the year.

  • 19th May 2011
    Greater London (Surrey)
    GJH

    Incredibly early female Ruddy Darter near South Norwood Lake (London SE25). Excellent (5 minute) views of a freshly-emerged female Ruddy Darter sunning herself on bramble about 200m from my local lake. Apologies for no photographic support, but, incredible as this very early sighting may seem, I am certain it is correct. I have reported these details to Neil Anderson (London Natural History Society Odonata Recorder).

  • 18th May 2011
    Leicestershire
    FI

    We have now retrieved 36 Broad Bodied Chaser exuviae from our small (3x3 metre) garden pond and have spent many a fascinated hour watching the emergence.I hope this will inspire anyone thinking of digging even the smallest of ponds in their back garden

  • 17th May 2011
    Essex
    IRP

    My First sighting this year of an immature Black tailed Skimmer at Bedfords Park LNR, Romford, Essex. Five days earlier than my previous earliest date in 2008; also a teneral Red-eyed damselfly to give a total of 8 Odonata species for the park so far this year

  • 17th May 2011
    Cornwall
    JW

     Bridle Path, Four Lanes, Redruth, Cornwall. Four Spot Chaser, or I think it was, but it had very bulky, hairy legs. An overcast but warm day.

  • 16th May 2011
    Cornwall
    CAM

    Boscathnoe SWLT nr. Penzance. 2 male Emperor over water. Also Blue-tailed and Azure Damsels, many exuviae.

    Lizard NNR Brays Cot Pools area:  4 4-Spots inc. 1 female ovipositing.  2 male, 2 female Broad-bodied Chaser. 3 immature Keeled Skimmer. Many Large-red, Azure, and some Blue-tailed Damsels. 1 Common Blue Damsel seen. 5 Beautiful Demoiselle. 

    Windy, mainly overcast conditions, very little sunshine, but warm in sheltered spots.

  • 16th May 2011
    Essex
    PSC

    Beautiful Demoiselle Colchester. 1 male Beautiful Demoiselle on a part of the Roman River that I've not seen them previously, about half mile downstream from The Swan, Stanway.

  • 16th May 2011
    Devon
    SA

    Flight views only of a probable H. ephippiger in Devon. Whilst on holiday in Devon and Cornwall, I was walking on top of the dunes at Dawlish Warren on May 16th, and had several flight views of an apparent aeshnid anisopteran. The overall impression was of a rather small brown odonate, but structurally very like an aeshnid. I managed, on one occasion, to glimpse the blue 'saddle', allowing me to conclude that this insect was either A. parthenope or H. ephippiger. The insect was clearly too small to be a rather strange imperator. Incredibly, ephippiger seems the more likely, but I did not see the dragonfly at perch. The sighting was reported to the local wardens at the time, who said that there had been similar sightings the previous week.

  • 15th May 2011
    Devon

    The Old Sludge Beds, near Exeter. 2 Banded Demoiselle (1 male, 1 female), 2 Hairy, 1 Large Red and a few Azure.  Not favourable conditions!

  • 15th May 2011
    Devon
    LH

    Hairy Dragonfly Exuvia. Bystock Pools, near Exmouth. 1 Hairy Dragonfly exuvia on boardwalk strut.

  • 15th May 2011
    Cornwall
    RL

     4 x teneral Keeled Skimmers, in pool vegetation, due to strong NW wind. Each flew a short distance to evade the NW wind and rested again on flattened vegetation or on reeds. High population here later in season.

  • 15th May 2011
    Hampshire
    CB

    Brilliant Emerald (Female) observed and photographed at Grants Moor, near Farnborough North railway station

  • 14th May 2011
    Somerset
    RJS

    12 Emperor Dragonfly exuvuiae with one pre-flight female about ready to fly. 2 others making their way out of the pond on plant stems.

  • 14th May 2011
    Gwent (vc 35)
    SMW

    Several Variable Damselfly in a meadow adjacent to the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal south of Cwmbran. [Later inspection of close up photo of pronotum margin indicates that this is an Azure female - Ed]

  • 14th May 2011
    Devon
    LS

    2 Hairy Dragonflies,1 photographed, eating a (possibe) damsel and 1 male/ 3 female Broad Bodied Chaser at Stover Country park Newton Abbot

  • 14th May 2011
    Worcestershire
    CWE

    Common Clubtail exuvia, one teneral White-legged Damselfly and 20 plus Banded Demoiselles along River Severn at Wyre Forest

  • 14th May 2011
    Oxfordshire
    NDP

    Club tailed dragonflies at Goring. At least 7 Common Club tailed dragonflies in varying stages of emergence from nymphs crawling out of the water to those taking first flights on and around the concrete bank under the railway bridge.  1 complete emergence sequence witnessed on the bridge.  There were at least 30 exuvia on the wall and nearby too.  Also 1 male banded demoiselle emerging under the bridge along with many others, male and female, spotted on the walk to the bridge.  A few 100m down stream 1 male common blue damselfly and 1 male Beautiful Demoiselle.Photos here: http://my.opera.com/Ukwildlife/blog/common-club-tailed-dragonflies-gomph...

  • 13th May 2011
    Essex
    NDP

    Hairy dragonflies and Broad bodies chasers at Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea. 3 hairy dragonflies seen today at Wat Tyler CP.  1 male patrolling, 1 female trying to oviposit on a blue plastic sheet and a male nicely perched on some marginal plants by a drying lake.  Many male broad bodied chasers seen, male patrolling and at least 2 female oviposting.  Mating and oviposting pairs of azure damselfly and large red damselfly seen, as well as a number of blue tailed damselflies, some oviposting too.

  • 13th May 2011
    Warwickshire
    DN

    Male Banded Demoiselle in River Leam nature reserve. Today, seen flying in woodland near River Leam, not far from the shallow pools.

  • 13th May 2011
    Cam
    RK

    Photographed by resting on leaves by running water in Babraham. Pair of Common Blue Damselflys in tandem and a Large Red Damselfy 

  • 13th May 2011
    ESSEX
    TC

    Downy Emeralds at Wake valley pond Epping, Essex. There was plenty going on at Wake Vallwy Pond, Epping Forest today. Downy Emeralds were flying in abundance as were the four spotted Chasers & Hairy Dragonflies. Also of interest were a few petit form Red Eyed damselflies [Small Red-eyed Damselflies? - WM]. Downy Emeralds were also found at two small ponds along from the wake pond.

  • 13th May 2011
    Wiltshire [VC7]
    SJC

    Scarce Chasers at Conigre Mead. I had the first sightings this year of Scarce Chaser, at the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust's Conigre Mead reserve in Melksham; 4 males and 2 females, all teneral. This meadow reserve is adjacent to the Bristol Avon. Also seen were 3 teneral White-legged Damselflies; 4 adult Azure damsels and 20+ Banded Demoiselles. This despite it being overcast with a cold wind!

  • 12th May 2011
    Hampshire
    DM

    One Large Red Damselfly visiting and laying on new plants in a new pond being constructed in a rear garden in Farnborough, Hants. Photographed.

  • 12th May 2011
    Isle of Wight
    SM

    Female Four spotted chaser. Flying in back garden on a sunny day. 

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