Previous Sightings

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  • 22nd May 2012
    Lancashire
    MF
    Leighton Moss RSPB

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

  • 22nd May 2012
    Norfolk
    TCN
    Red-eyed, Azure, Variable, Blue-tailed and Large Red Damselflies plus Four-Spotted Chasers and Hairy Dragonflies seen at Sutton Fen on 22nd May 2012

    Red-eyed, Azure, Variable, Blue-tailed and Large Red Damselflies plus Four-Spotted Chasers and Hairy Dragonflies seen at Sutton Fen

  • 22nd May 2012
    Gloucestershire
    Gomphus emerging at The Mythe, Tewkesbury

    An afternoon visit to The Mythe on a very warm day: 14 Beautiful Demoiselles, 10 Banded Demoiselles, as well as Large Red, Azure, Blue-tailed, Red-eyed and 2 female White-legged Damselflies. On our way back along the track between the fishing lake and R. Severn at 4:30pm, a fresh female Common Clubtail was spotted which flew up into the bushes, our first of the year.

  • 21st May 2012
    West Sussex
    DS
    Burton Mill Pond, West Sussex 21.5.12

    Downy Emerald (male), Hairy Dragonfly (male), Scarce Chasers (8 tenerals), also Large Red and Variable Damselflies at Burton Mill Pond, West Sussex this morning.

  • 21st May 2012
    Somerset
    BU
    Shapwick NNR Dragonflies

    Shapwick NNR Dragonflies, Broad-bodied Chaser, Hairy Dragonfly, Four Spotted Chaser, Azure Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Red-eyed Damselfly, Large Red Damselfly all noted today, numbers starting to build now.

  • 21st May 2012
    Berkshire
    MF
    Hairy Dragonfly

    4 Spot Chaser [id amended at the user's request] at Decoy Heath. Almost touching the ground.Photo at http://www.flickr.com/photos/big_ears2010/7249743894/in/photostream 

  • 21st May 2012
    West Sussex
    TCH
    Brilliant Emerald Sussex

    Half drowned Brilliant Emerald rescued from Furnace Pond, Slaugham Sussex. Wings appeared to have failed to inflate properly and it did not attempt to fly while I watched.

  • 20th May 2012
    Dumfriesshire, VC72
    AR
    Blue-tailed Damsel and Large Red Damsel

    One Blue-tailed Damselfly and one Large Red Damselfly at Drum Loch Fishery, Dalswinton, north of Dumfries, today.  Spent about an hour there in warm sunshine and little wind but those were the only ones seen. Grid ref of Blue-tailed NX939846.  Grid ref of Large Red NX940845.   

  • 20th May 2012
    Oxfordshire
    AR
    Common Club-tail

    One female Common Club-tail on river-side vegetation at usual Goring-on-Thames viaduct site. Photo http://www.flickr.com/photos/merula/7235414214

  • 19th May 2012
    Cornwall
    CAM
    Lizard, Cornwall

    Croft Pascoe - 3 4 Spot Chasers.

    Gwendreath area -  1 Broad Bodied Chaser, 20+ Large Red Damsels, 10 Azure Damsels and 1 Blue tailed Damsel.

    Windmill Farm - 1 Blue Tailed teneral Damsel, 1 emergent Emperor who flew away strongly, 2 emerging Emperors and 12 exuviae found. Earliest Emperor for us.

    Early brightness then overcast, quite warm with little wind.

  • 19th May 2012
    Gtr London (Essex)
    CRJ
    Harold Wood, Romford: 2 Banded Demoiselles along the River Ingrebourne, my first of the year.

    Harold Wood Park, Romford: 2 Banded Demoiselles (a male and female) in vegetation beside the River Ingrebourne this pm, my first of the year.

  • 19th May 2012
    ESSEX
    TC
    Downy Emeralds at Wake valley pond Epping, Essex

    Downy Emeralds at Wake valley pond Epping, Essex

  • 19th May 2012
    Norfolk
    IJW
    Hairy Dragonfly

    Around 10 - 12 Hairy Dragonfly seen at Upton Fen. Despite the sunny spells they were deep in the vegitation. We olny saw one female the rest were males. A few Large Red and Blue damsels were present alos, but certainly not in any large numbers.http://www.flickr.com/photos/63513200@N05/7232132738/in/photostream http://www.flickr.com/photos/63513200@N05/7232132154/in/photostream  

  • 19th May 2012
    Norfolk
    TCN
    Four-spotted chaser seen at Sutton Fen on Saturday 19th May 2012.

    Four-spotted chaser seen at Sutton Fen on Saturday 19th May 2012.

  • 19th May 2012
    Devon
    Downy Emerald

    1 x Downy Emerald exuvia found at Bystock Pools, near Exmouth plus 1 adult Downy Emerald seen flying on heathland near to Squabmoor Reservoir.  Plus 1 x beautiful demoiselle exuvia at Squabmoor Reservoir.

  • 18th May 2012
    Norfolk
    JM
    Norwich

    River Yare, Cringleford. Found a single female Banded Demosielle this morning, the first this year. Immature male Broad bodied Chaser near-by.

  • 18th May 2012
    Berkshire
    KL
    Burghfield Bridge, Berkshire, damselflies

    A walk around the canal, river & gravel pits near Burghfield Bridge, Berks. on 18/05/2012. produced the following (min count), 15 Beautiful Demoiselles, 2 Banded Demoiselles. 7 Large red, 8 Common blue, 12 Variable, 4 Blue-tailed & 3 Red-eyed damselflies.

  • 17th May 2012
    Worcestershire
    SMR
    13 Beautiful Demoiselle, 1 Bandad Demoiselle, 1 Large Red Damselfly, & 1 Bluetailed Damselfly at Upton Warren nature reserve

    13 Beautiful Demoiselle, 1 Bandad Demoiselle, 1 Large Red Damselfly, & 1 Bluetailed Damselfly at Upton Warren nature reserve

  • 16th May 2012
    Cornwall
    RL
    One adult and 2 sub.ad. male B.Demoiselles taking up territory on St.Austell (White) River at Lon.Apprentice. Same site as first record on 24thApr.2012.

    One adult and 2 sub.ad. male  Banded Demoiselles taking up territory on St.Austell (White) River at Lon.Apprentice. Same site as first record on 24thApr.2012. 'Blue' irredescent abdomens, one with all dark wings (adult), sub-ads with  coloured abdomen (reddish) and darkening wings. Roger Lane

  • 16th May 2012
    Devon
    DMM
    ORTHETRUM CANCELLATUM, 1 female Black Tailed Skimmer and 2 Male Broad Bodied Chasers ( Libellula Depressa )At Buckleigh Pond ,Westward HO

    Orthetrum cancellatum, 1 female Black Tailed Skimmer and 2 Male Broad Bodied Chasers ( Libellula Depressa )At Buckleigh Pond ,Westward HO. Female resting on grass as two Broad Bodied chasers battle for teritory over the pond

  • 16th May 2012
    Norfolk
    JM
    Norfolk

    River Yare, cringleford, Norwich. Another Broad-bodied Chaser today, this time a female along with a 30+ Azure Blue Damselflies in the nettle beds next to the river, first this year. 

  • 16th May 2012
    W Yorks
    PJH
    W. Yorks. Immature Common Blue Damsel in Ox Close Wood.

    Ox Close Wood, W. Yorks.  The first sunny day after a month of rain produced our first odonata record of the year of an immature Common Blue

  • 15th May 2012
    Norfolk
    JM
    Norfolk

    Broad-bodied Chaser, a beautiful immature male and the first this year on my stretch of the river Yare, Cringleford, Norwich.Large Red Damselflies have been abundant though during the past few weeks along this stretch of the river.

  • 15th May 2012
    Berkshire
    PR
    Common Club-tail

    A tentative walk along the Thames near Pangbourne, in blustery conditions with heavy downpours, didn't bode well, but a stubborn search of the bank revealed one fresh Common Club-tail. There were also a few Banded Demoiselles. Those familiar with this location should know that the layby on the A329 has been closed off, I presume because of tree fall, so the nearest place to park is at Beale Park. Photo(s) will be on my blog presently.

  • 14th May 2012
    Suffolk
    NM
    4-Spot Chaser emerged Sunday 13th may. 3 morte this morning (14th) in Hollesley.

    4-Spot Chaser emerged Sunday 13th may. 3 more this morning (14th) in Hollesley.

  • 13th May 2012
    bucks
    SM
    Female Erythromma najas - Red-eyed Damselfly

    Female Erythromma najas  - Red-eyed Damselfly - found at man made pond in milton keynes. Photos - http://www.flickr.com/photos/39270801@N06/7188131634/in/photostream

  • 13th May 2012
    Dorset
    IK
    Broad Bodied Chaser and Downy Emeralds

    The first local Broad Bodied Chaser at DWT Higher Hyde Heath reserve today. Several Downy Emeralds emerging beside the pond too. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thekrankis/7188170566/in/photostream

  • 13th May 2012
    Devon
    LS
    2 Hairy Dragonflies and immature female Broad Bodied Chaser

    Exminster Marshes, 2 Hairy Dragonflies in flight and 1 immature female Broad Bodied Chaser (phot'd)

  • 13th May 2012
    Norfolk
    TCN
    Blue-tailed damselflies seen at Sutton Fen and Strumpshaw Fen today, 13th May 2012

    Blue-tailed damselflies seen at Sutton Fen and Strumpshaw Fen today.

  • 13th May 2012
    Berkshire
    GA
    Banded Demoiselle in Berkshire

    I had a walk along the Thames at Goring today. Although the sun was out frequently, there was a cold wind blowing especially when the sun went behind clouds. However I did see 2 female and 1 male Banded Demoiselles but I did not see any Common Clubtails. The path is still very muddy in parts but is passable if you find an alternative route through the hedges.

  • 13th May 2012
    Norfolk
    DB
    2 Broad Bodied Chasers + 12 Large Reds emerged from garden pond, also saw Blue tail damsel. Norwich. http://www.davidboulton.co.uk/gallery_410877.html

    2 Broad Bodied Chasers + 12 Large Reds emerged from garden pond, also saw Blue tail damsel. Norwich. http://www.davidboulton.co.uk/gallery_410877.html

  • 13th May 2012
    Worcestershire
    MP
    Banded Demoiselles

    Several male Banded Demoiselles  evident Sunday 13th May Upton Warren nature reserve as well as numbers of Beautiful Demoiselle and Large Red Damselfly  http://www.flickr.com/photos/woodwolfuw/7188580460/

  • 13th May 2012
    Lincolnshire
    SR
    Messingham Sand Quarries LWTR 13th and 14th May.

    Messingham Sand Quarries LWTR 13th and 14th May. Some superb sightings recorded over the weekend including several firsts for the year and 1 new species confirmed at last!,the sightings were as follows:1 female Broad-bodied Chaser,2 Hairy Dragonfly,138 Common-blue Damselfly,14 Blue-tailed Damselfly,25 Azure Damselfly,2 Red-eyed Damselfly,6 Large-red Damselfly and finally the first confirmed record of Variable Damselfly for the reserve,with a male being found, see pics here http://www.stevesdragons.blogspot.com

  • 13th May 2012
    Devon
    PV
    Female Calopteryx sp. in Higher Cemetery, Exeter

    Female Calopteryx sp. I believe probably Calopteryx virgo, as it had brownish wings. Higher Cemetery, Exeter about 400-500yds from a small urban stream, on a sunny day with low wind. picture; http://www.flickr.com/photos/40143719@N06/7197691802/ first Odonta of the year for us.

  • 13th May 2012
    Lancs
    WG
    Lancs 13th May

    Four spotted Chaser seen near the Meadow Pool at Brockholes Nature Reserve(LWT) Preston, on Sunday at 2:15pm.

  • 13th May 2012
    Gloucestershire
    Very few odonata at Twyning

    Very few odonata at Twyning. After much searching, only 2 teneral male and 4 Banded Demoiselle, one Large Red Damselfly and 4 Blue-tailed Damselflies present along the R. Avon at Twyning. It was sunny at the start of the walk, but increasingly cloudy.

  • 12th May 2012
    Berkshire
    HC
    Common clubtail on the Thames at Goring

    In good weather today we saw 4 Common Clubtails (Gomphus vulgatissimus) emerging on the Thames near Goring. If visiting beware, the river bank has been badly damaged by grazing cattle and is very muddy. Also saw a male Large Red Damselfly and a female Banded Demoiselle.

  • 12th May 2012
    Lancashire
    MF
    Brockholes Wetlands

    Brockholes Wetlands. In a small area sheltered from the strong cold breeze, there were numerous Large Red Damselflies (matures and immatures); also a few Azure, Common Blue, and Blue-tailed Damselflies were emerging. Stlll no Demoiselles or dragonflies.

  • 12th May 2012
    Dumfriesshire, VC72
    AR
    A female Large Red Damselfly was seen today in Castle Wood, Caerlaverock, south of Dumfries, grid ref NY027654.

    A female Large Red Damselfly was spotted resting on a sunny vegetation beside a pool in Castle Wood, Caerlaverock, approx 8 miles south of Dumfries, grid ref NY027654.  Looking at p. 71 of the Steve Brooks / Richard Lewington "Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Great Britain and Ireland", her yellow antehumeral stripes most closely resemble form melanotum - but she had rather more red than the one illustrated.  Photo available.

  • 12th May 2012
    Devon
    AJH
    Believed to be a Sighting of Variable Damselflies? (2 of them )
  • 12th May 2012
    Lancashire
    CPA
    Five species at Mere Sands Wood

    Five species at Mere Sands Wood. Good numbers of Large Red Damselflies, mostly with fully mature colouring, but none over water. A few Azure Damselflies with immature colouring, and a single immature Common Blue Damselfly (probably teneral). Emergents and exuviae found for all of these, and a couple of exuviae for both Blue-tailed Damselfly and Four-spotted Chaser.

  • 12th May 2012
    Gloucestershire
    Forest of Dean, Dilke Lagoon area.

    Forest of Dean, Dilke Lagoon area. 50+ Large Red Damselflies taking their first-flights from the vegetation around the pond, as well as a solitary Four-spotted Chaser flying off into the trees.

  • 11th May 2012
    Cambridgeshire
    HC
    Our first 4-spot chasers of the year

    Garden pond in Whittlesey, Our first 4-spot chasers of the year

  • 11th May 2012
    Norfolk
    DB
    Broad Bodied Chaser dragonfly emerges from garden wildlife pond, Norwich. Photos: http://www.davidboulton.co.uk/gallery_410877.html

    Broad Bodied Chaser dragonfly emerges from garden wildlife pond, Norwich. Photos: http://www.davidboulton.co.uk/gallery_410877.html

  • 11th May 2012
    Dorset
    IK
    Banded Demoiselle

    Several males and female Banded Demoiselles  seen by the riiverbank at Canford Maga, Dorset.   http://www.flickr.com/photos/thekrankis/7177278648/in/photostream

  • 11th May 2012
    Glamorgan
    DB
    11 newly emerged teneral Broad bodied chasers Lavernock SSSI Wales 3 Teneral 4 Spotted chasers Cosmeston lakes

    Lavernock nature reserve the new pond extension is paying dividends this year first sunny dry day a bit windy a mass emergence of Broad bodied chasers. I counted 11 in all.   About  30 Large red damselflies were present at the pond edge  Also 1 Broad bodied exuvia in the mud about 8 inches from the pond. Cosmeston lakes  Top pond  3  4-spotted chasers Tenerals  /   Pond dipping pond by restaurant  20  Blue Tailed damselfly    30- 40  large red damselfly

  • 11th May 2012
    Wiltshire VC7
    More first for the year at Lower Moor Farm!

    Chris Beard and Rosie Ray visited Lower Moor Farm today where they found yet more Downys - 2 emergers and one in flight. Also 2 Red-eyed and 1Blue-tailed Damsels being firsts for the year for the county; a few Common Blues and a Large Red Damsel. All were teneral. Photos on Blog.

  • 11th May 2012
    Devon
    DMM
    Libellula Quadrimaculata, Braunton Burrows

    Libellula Quadrimaculata, Braunton Burrows 

  • 10th May 2012
    Suffolk
    BS
    Large Red Damselflies, Suffolk

    Three teneral Large Red Damselflies seen in Holywells Park, Ipswich mid AM

  • 10th May 2012
    Norfolk
    TCN
    40 Large Red Damselflies, 3 Azure Damselflies, 38 Variable Damselflies and 2 Hairy Dragonflies seen at Sutton Fen today

    40 Large Red Damselflies, 3 Azure Damselflies, 38 Variable Damselflies and 2 Hairy Dragonflies seen at Sutton Fen today

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