Previous Sightings

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  • 6th May 2011
    Suffolk
    AWS

    At Minsmere RSPB reserve numbers of Emerald, Azure, Common blue and Red eyed damselflies emerging today. Also 5 Hairy dragonfly and 3 Four spot chaser

  • 6th May 2011
    Kent
    KH

    Newly-emerged Odonata at Bluewater Shopping Centre. Up to 20 Red-eyed Damselflies, a Hairy Hawker, a Four-spotted Chaser, and lots of Azure damselflies mating and egg-laying in tandem, were on or around the small pools that fringe Bluewater, one of the biggest shopping centres in Europe. The chalk grassland and scrub, as well as the wetlands that are maintained as public recreation areas, make a very pleasant diversion from the rampant consumerism that exists only yards away

  • 6th May 2011
    Cambridgeshire
    ARF

    Woodwalton Fen NNR :- Variable Damselfly - 1 male, Scarce Chaser - mass emergance of 30+ immatures & tenerals, Azure Damselfly - 30+, Red-eyed Damselfly - 10+, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Large Red Damselfly, Four-spotted Chaser, Hairy Dragonfly

  • 6th May 2011
    Berkshire
    MT

    Blue-tailed Damselfly eating Large Red Damselfly. 9 Broad-bodied Chasers as well as Large Red, Azure and Blue-tailed Damselfles all recorded on a couple of ponds near Winnersh on Friday. The Blue-tailed Damselfly was perched on a stem and had got hold of a Large Red Damselfly by the thorax. Despite the struggles of the Large Red, the Blue-tailed was busily dismembering it - we saw most of the wings come off whilst we were there, but weren't able to stay to see it get eaten.

  • 5th May 2011
    Nottinghamshire
    NW

    Langar Airfield: 1 male Hairy Dragonfly hawking around the Hawthorn bushes next to the bridleway along the eastern perimeter of the airfield (SK749335). This is a first for me in Nottinghamshire. The nearest known site is across the Notts/Leics border at Plungar on the Grantham Canal, approximately 1.5 km east.

  • 5th May 2011
    Leicestershire
    NW

    Grantham Canal, Barkestone le Vale: 2 male and 1 female Hairy Dragonfly by the "Weak Bridge". The female paired up with one of the males and then oviposited. In addition there were a small number of Variable Damselfly including pairs in cop and ovipositing.

  • 5th May 2011
    Wiltshire [VC8]
    DB

    First reported Wiltshire Scarce Chaser of the year. My friend Dave Brotheridge has reported the first sighting of Scarce Chaser today. He was visiting Green Lane Wood near Trowbridge and found a teneral male along one of the rides. The species breeding area, the Bristol Avon, is not too far away and this wood is used regularly as a maturation area. Not sure how long this individual has been there but has probably emerged a good week earlier than previous earliest!

  • 5th May 2011
    Cambridgeshire
    HC

    On a blustery and cool morning I saw my first 2 Scarce Chasers this year (Libellula fulva) at Woodwalton Fen NR, believed to be a male and a female but observation difficult in the gusty conditions. Both were immature, one teneral.

  • 5th May 2011
    West Sussex
    SJD

    Although not as warm as previous days, hairy, broad-bodied chaser and an early emporer dragonfly were seen/photographed just north of Stopham Bridge.

  • 4th May 2011
    Wiltshire

    Broad-bodied Libellula (Chaser) - female. Seen in garden in Lacock, Wiltshire. Garden is by Bide Brook, dragonfly settled here and there in vegetablt garden and in yew.

  • 4th May 2011
    Highland

    Four-Spotted Chasers In Rothiemurchus

  • 4th May 2011
    Wiltshire [VC7]
    SJC

    During a survey of a couple of the gravel pits for the CWP Odonata Atlas I was overwhelmed by the vast numbers of Common Blue Damselflies that had been and still were emerging. A conservative estimate was 100,000 per lake! Also, due to the cold easterlies, they were concentrated in sunny sheltered areas making the biomass even denser! I also surveyed a stretch of the upper Thames and saw my [and the county's] first Banded Demoiselles of the year. Other species seen included: Blue-tailed, Large Red and Red-eyed Damselflies and Four-spotted Chasers.

  • 4th May 2011
    Worcestershire
    GH

    Broad-bodied Chaser-(female). Seen at  the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust reserve at Upton Warren near Bromsgrove, observed for several mins.resting on bramble bush .

  • 4th May 2011
    Gloucestershire

    On an all day visit on 4th May to Woodchester Park NT to see if Hairy Dragonflies were present at this site where they were first seen at this location last year, two males were spotted in the afternoon patrolling low over the water alongside the marginal vegetation. After a search of the lakeside vegetation one exuvia was found to confirm breeding. This is only the second location in the county where breeding has been confirmed. Also present on site were a male and female Broad-bodied Chaser, and after mating, the female oviposited while the male guarded her. Four species of damselfly were also present - Red Eyed, Blue tailed, Azure and Large Red.

  • 3rd May 2011
    Berkshire
    JWS

    Gomphus record. In recent years there have been one or two records of (immature?) adult Gomphus observed in Windsor Great Park, but it is impossible to say just where they emerged from the Thames.  This morning there was no chance of visiting any sites in or near Swinley Forest due to heathland fires, so I decided to visit the River Thames near Old Windsor. My luck was in as I collected a single Gomphus exuvia  from the bankside at SU 993 745. It is quite possible that this record, downstream of Old Windsor Lock and less than a mile from the Surrey county boundary, is the furthest downstream record of confirmed breeding on the Thames in Berkshire. Seven or eight teneral Banded Demoiselles were seen between Albert Bridge and Old Windsor Lock, but there was no evidence of Gomphus along this stretch.

  • 3rd May 2011
    Suffolk
    JPH

    First local sighting of Hairy Dragonfly - North Suffolk. Large numbers of Hairy Dragonflies at North Cove reserve TM471906, some attempting to mate. Reserve log contains records from 28/4.

  • 3rd May 2011
    Somerset
    CI

    South-east Somerset . Had a look at various sites in the Yeovil area today.  Blustery conditions meant that there were few dragonflies about, including surprisingly none at all at Sutton Bingham Reservoir to the south of Yeovil.  At West Coker Fen a Hairy Dragonfly was hawking along the northern perimeter of the reserve.  I believe this is a new 10km square for the species, though whether it breeds on the fen I am far from sure - there was very little standing water in evidence today.  Azure Damselfly also present here and Blue-tailed on sites elsewhere in the area.  The Yeovil area is badly under-recorded for the Atlas and any records from here would be gratefully received!

    Beside the Isle at Ilminster I found my first Beautiful Demoiselles and Banded Demoiselles of the year, the former easily outnumbering the latter; also Large Red Damselfly.  The river is variable as to substrate and speed here, and it is possible that both demoiselles breed here.

    Finally the disused canal at Westport was host to a number of Azure Damselflies and a patrolling Hairy Dragonfly.  This looks a nice site for visiting later in the year and under less blustery conditions.

  • 3rd May 2011
    West Berkshire
    Yesterday at Shinfield Park - 3rd May - I had my first Azures of the year (3 males). This follows an earlier record of a male Azure found at Woolhampton on 1st May.
    My visit to the ponds behind FW's offices at Shinfield Park (a private site at SU727689) also revealed a newly-emerged Four-Spotted Chaser (Libellula Quadrimaculata) and two competing male Downy Emerald (Cordulia Aenea). A single Large Red (Pyrrhosoma Nymphula) and Blue-Tail (Ischnura Elegans) completed the count.
    Whilst there have been no further records of the teneral/female Emperor (last seen at Hosehill Lake, Theale on 28th April) the Hairy Dragonflies (Brachytron Pratense) are still much in evidence with 2 males seen on 1st May. The best views are from the wooden dipping platform over the dragonfly pond at SU646696 where a male has been recorded on numerous occasions since 28th April. There have also been records from Burnt House Lane and Moatlands GP, suggesting that a small group of B. Pratense has moved into the area simultaneously.
    Common Blues are doing well with counts now in the hundreds at Hosehill and Main Pit.
  • 3rd May 2011
    Tyne and Wear
    RJG

    03/05/11 saw my first 3 x Blue-tailed Damselfly for this year and the first damselfly of any kind for this year at Woolsington Ponds

  • 3rd May 2011
    Somerset
    MR

    A total of 15 Hairy dragonflies at Ham Wall and Shapwick Heath.  Areas they were seen included along the woodland path to Noah's hide, the alders and nettles near Ashcott car park with the path around Walton Heath at Ham Wall was particularly good for them.  3 pairs were mating and could be seen flying around as they did so.  Other sightings included numerous blue tailed, azure and common blue damselflies, 3 emerald damselfly, 8 large red damselfly, numerous red eyed damselfly, numerous four spotted chasers (particularly Walton Heath) and 2 female broad bodied chasers. 6 banded demoiselles were flying along the brook near the humped backed bridge over the brook at Ham Wall.

  • 3rd May 2011
    norfolk
    TJG

    Two male and one female Hairy Dragonfly (on occasion in tandem), Blue tailed D, Large red D, and Azure D spotted in mendham near the river waveney in norfolk. Here at home in suffolk many Large red and a few Blue tailed emerged

  • 2nd May 2011
    Cotswold Water Park (Glos/Wilts)
    GH

    Mass Emergence of Downy Emerald, Cotswold Water Park. During the past week, observers undertaking fieldwork for the Cotswold Water Park Dragonfly Atlas Project have recorded emergence of Downy Emeralds at several sites across the area, including the well-known sites such as Whelford Pools/Lakes 111/111b (Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust Reserve) and Lower Moor Farm (Lakes 52/53, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust Reserve) but also new sites near Fairford and Somerford Keynes.At one such site on 30th April, over 60 Downy Emeralds were observed together, with 50 resting on a pine tree soaking up the sun whilst another 10 or so were hawking along the tree line! On the 1st May, similar numbers were still present basking on the hedgerows.Also recorded in the CWP in he past week are Common Blue Damselfly, Azure Damselfly, Red-Eyed Damselfly, Large Red Damselfly, Four Spotted Chaser and Blue-tailed Damselfy.With thanks to all the observers who are doing a brilliant job!

  • 2nd May 2011
    East Sussex
    JJE

    1 (fem) Scarce Chaser and 1 (fem) Broad-bodied Chaser in very blustery conditions at Arlington Reservoir this morning.

  • 2nd May 2011
    Dorset
    BS

    Vagrant Emperor in Dorset. A Vagrant Emperor was found by Nevil Fowler in his garden in Weymouth and the identification confirmed by Paul Harris and Brett Spencer.

  • 2nd May 2011
    Cornwall
    CAM

    Red River - Menadarva, Gwithian. Broad-bodied Chaser: 3 male, 2 female in shelter on footpath. Cool and very windy conditions, brief sunshine after the previous day of continuous rain and overnight thunderstorm.

  • 2nd May 2011
    Gloucestershire
    MJM

    WWT Slimbridge. The first Broad-bodied Chaser seen and photographed on this afternoon's Landrover safari. Also 3 Four spot Chasers and c20 Hairy Dragonfly in many parts of the reserve, most hawking insects downwind of large trees bu males patrolling territories also. A few were noted in 'new' areas for the species MJM

  • 2nd May 2011
    Cumbria

    Meathop Moss, Cumbria. 2 Four Spotted Chasers were on the prowl along with 1 Azure Damselfly.   Also several Large Red Damselflies were on the wing.

  • 2nd May 2011
    Cumbria

    Gait Barrows, Cumbria. A warm day with Large Red Damselfly (*10); Broad Bodied Chaser (*1); Blue Tailed Damselfly (*1) and Common Blue Damselfly (*2) the only sightings.

  • 1st May 2011
    Northants
    MT

    Downy Emeralds Emerging. At Yardley Chase this morning at 0830hrs, I found 2 exuviae of Downy Emerald along with 20+ Hairy Dragonfly. I also found one adult Downy emerging on the trunk of a small tree overhanging the water - photos on my blog. The exuviae must have been from yesterday or earlier, which makes 10 species recorded in April in the County., a new County record.

  • 1st May 2011
    Shropshire
    KP

    Gomphus on the R. Severn at Atcham. Saw 5 teneral Gomphus along the normal stretch of the R. Severn, from Atcham bridge to the fishing car park, plus several C. splendens braving the gusting wind. Also a female C. splendens by Cressage bridge.

  • 1st May 2011
    Gloucestershire

    Two newly emerged Scarce Chaser, two newly emerged Common Clubtail and one immature female White-legged damselfly at The Mythe today. A visit to The Mythe, near Tewkesbury, on a blustery but sunny morning, we were rewarded with sightings of two newly emerged Scarce Chaser, and two Common Clubtail - all low down on vegetation on the track between the R. Severn and the fishing lake. Also present were good numbers of Banded Demoiselle, several Beautiful Demoiselle, and Large Red, Azure, Red-eyed and Blue-tailed were well in evidence. Later, on a woodland path on the other side of the fishing lake, we spotted our first immature White-legged Damselfly of the year.

  • 1st May 2011
    Cambridgeshire
    GNT

    In spite of windy conditions, 5 broad bodied chasers in a meadow in the Cambridgeshire fens (a couple of miles south of March). 

  • 1st May 2011
    Lincolnshire
    SR

    Messingham Sand Quarries LWTR.. A record count of Hairy Dragonfly at the reserve today of at least 50 individuals,with other counts as follows:47 Red-eyed Damselfly,11 Large-red Damselfly,239 Azure Damselfly,238 Common-blue Damselfly,35 Blue-tailed Damselfly and finally 14 Four-spot Chaser.

  • 1st May 2011
    Kent
    NDP

    Hairy Dragonfly at RSPB Elmley Marshes. 1 male hairy hawker dragonfly attempting to land in the gale force winds at RSPB Elmley Marshes in the hedgerow on the road near the car park and farm buildings.

  • 1st May 2011
    Norfolk
    IJW

    Broad Bodied Chaser seen at Boughton Fen, 1st May 2011. Newly emerged female very low down in vegetation. Excellent photographs taken. There were many Large Red Damsel fly's along with Common Blue, Blue Tail and Azure. Also three Hairy dragonfly's patroling the water.

  • 1st May 2011
    East Sussex
    JJE

    5+ Variable Damselfly, 10+ Hairy Hawker, 10+ Azure Damselfly, 5+ Large Red Damselfly along the drainage ditches on Pevensey Levels.

  • 1st May 2011
    Somerset
    DAM

    Shapwick Heath suntrap. Late afternoon, out of the wind and in the sun (which came out about 1630) along the path to Noahs Lake hide; VERY blustery everywhere else.

    Thousands (easily) of damselflies, mainly Azure and Blue-tailed but including hundreds of Variable and tens of Common Emerald; and single figures of Large Red. About 5 Hairy Dragons and less than five Broad-bodied and Four-spot Chasers. Couldnt find any Common Blue Damselflies but the wind was intense along the ditches and rhines, greatly decreasing counts of Anisoptera.  At least 10 species now flying

  • 1st May 2011
    Essex
    AWS

    In blustery conditions my first Emperor dragonfly, Hairy dragonfly and 11 Blue tailed damselflies in borrowdykes at Marsh Farm CP South Woodham Ferrers

  • 1st May 2011
    Hampshire
    DJP

    One Hairy Dragonfly late afternoon at Hill Head in the ditch alongside the public footpath. I did not check the Titchfield Haven reserve due to time constraints but I am sure there will be others.  

  • 30th Apr 2011
    Somerset
    BU

    Shapwick Somerset. Scarce Chaser Libellula fulva seen today in an ID line-up (see http://www.flickr.com/photos/oldbilluk/5672796246/in/photostream/) Several banded Demoiselle seen today along with many more Red-eyed Damselfly, some "blue" male Broad-bodied Chaser and several Hairy Dragonfly. I wouldn't like to put an estimate as to how many Azure Damselfly are on the whole reserve but the Hobby numbers are going up still so they've obviously found them :-)

  • 30th Apr 2011
    Kent
    JCL

     

    Female Vagrant Emperor at Samphire Hoe CP, Dover, Kent this afternoon.

    In a brief lull in the strong wind (1425-1435), I had a female Vagrant Emperor flying round the small, southernmost pond at Samphire Hoe CP - 30m N of the beach access point. The critter also flew around (over and landing briefly in) surrounding short vegetation, but disappeared suddenly at 1435. I did not relocate in the next 45 mins - although the wind was strong, so it could easily have been perched up. No photos, I'm afraid - I had my macro lens on the camera, and that wasn't going to do the trick for a creature 5m away.

  • 30th Apr 2011
    Lancashire
    CPA

    On 29th April at Haweswater, teneral Common Blue Damselflies were two days inside the previous county record (but I've since learned of even earlier sightings elsewhere). Also a Broad-bodied Chaser (again, I've learned of a sighting the previous day, which is now the current county record). Later that day at Leighton Moss, I saw a male Common Blue in fully-mature colouring.On 30th April at Mere Sands Wood, I saw my first Four-spotted Chasers of the year (as well as another Common Blue in mature colouring). This was my sixth species of the month. Three times my previous best from 2007. All of these were personal earliest sightings, except for Large Red Damselfly, and I believe this mirrors the situation for the county as a whole.

  • 29th Apr 2011
    Lancashire
    JP

    Four-spotted Chaser. Active individual (not newly emerged) photographed by Janet Packham at Middleton Nature Reserve LWT (formerly known as Middleton Industrial Estate), north Lancashire at lunchtime today.  First April record for here. 

  • 29th Apr 2011
    Highland

    1st Large Red Damselflies at Uath Lochans

  • 29th Apr 2011
    Berkshire
    JWS

    During a group walk, 21 recently emerged Common Clubtail, plus two exuvia, were found this afternoon. They were on bankside vegetation on a half mile stretch of the Thames near Pangbourne. Earlier in the day we found one emergent plus 4 exuvia on the Oxfordshire bank near the railway bridge outside Goring.

  • 29th Apr 2011
    Hampshire
    SSK

    While carrying out a butterfly transect at Testwood Park (Lower Test NR) the warden, Simon King, saw a female Scarce Chaser resting on bushes. This is the earliest record for the reserve by two weeks. We searched along the riverbank later but found no more.

  • 29th Apr 2011
    Devon
    NW

    My first Beautiful Demoiselle of the spring in N. Devon this afternoon

  • 29th Apr 2011
    SHROPSHIRE
    PPC

    White-faced Darters at Whixall Moss. Spotted 2 males and 3 female White-faced Darters at Whixall Moss today,  the earliest I have seen them.

    Also 5 or 6  Four Spot Chasers

  • 29th Apr 2011
    Somerset
    PR

    3 Female Scarce Chasers, 1 at Shapwick Heath and 1 at  Wesrhay Moor. Other species seen include Hairy Dragonflies (both sexes including several mating pairs), Broad-bodied Chasers (both sexes), Four-spotted Chasers + hundreds of Azures, 30+ Variable, 30 + Blue-tails, a few Large Reds several Common Blue and Red-eyed Damsels,

  • 29th Apr 2011
    Kent
    DHC

    Azure damselflies, Large red damselflies and hairy dragonflies at Holborough Marshes. 6 plus azure damselflies, 1 large red damselfly and 2 hairy dragonflies at end of central track near the river late afternoon today. 

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