Previous Sightings

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  • 13th Apr 2012
    Berkshire
    JWS
    Berkshire

    During conservation work at BBOWT's Wildmoor Heath Nature Reserve today, and at about noon, three teneral Large Red Damsels took flight from the small pond on which we were working.

  • 13th Apr 2012
    Pembrokeshire
    PKG
    6 Large Red Damselflies at Trefeiddan Common,near St Davids.

    6 Large Red Damselflies at Trefeiddan Common,near St Davids.

  • 13th Apr 2012
    Somerset
    Ham Wall, Somerset - Hairy Dragonfly and teneral Large Red Damselfly

    Ham Wall, Somerset - 1 x Adult Hairy Dragonfly, seen flying, then briefly perched before it flew of into trees where despite trying I couldn't find it to photograph!  Also 1 x teneral Large Red Damselfly - almost black in colour - again no pic as it perched briefly and then flew off. Day sunny and warm but threatening heavy rain which arrived later!

  • 13th Apr 2012
    Ceredigion (Cardiganshire) VC46
    EAS
    large red damselfly x1 Tregaron Ceredigion Wales

    large red flew up from vegetation to rest on plastic fascia on house. Coloured red but couldn't see whether male or female. Sunny but cold day. Tregaron Ceredigion Wales 

  • 13th Apr 2012
    Suffolk
    NM
    2 Large Red Damselfly emerged, Hollesley

    2 Large Red Damselfly emerged, Hollesley

  • 12th Apr 2012
    Somerset
    BU
    Large Red Damselfly

    At least six Large Red Damselfly seen at Shapwick National Nature Reserve today.

  • 12th Apr 2012
    North Somerset
    JDC
    Large red damselfly - North Somerset

    A single large red damselfly seen very actively flying at Avon Wildlife Trust's small reserve at Netcott's Meadow near Bristol. No photo as the only place it landed was on my arm holding the camera.

  • 11th Apr 2012
    Hampshire
    PR
    New Forest Awakens

    Pleased to report 18 fresh teneral Large Reds at Broomy Pond in the New Forest around 1.30pm today, precisely the same date and location as my first sightings last yearPhotos will be posted on my blog presently

  • 11th Apr 2012
    Somerset
    NG
    Imm large red damselfly in garden at Long Load (ST 4623). 12 days earlier than first sighting of this species last year.

    Imm large red damselfly in garden at Long Load (ST 4623).  12 days earlier than first sighting of this species last year.

  • 6th Apr 2012
    Dorset
    AJH
    1 x Large Red Damselfly @ Studland, Dorset, 6th of April 2012

    1 x  @ Studland, Dorset, Near the pond beside the Bird Hide, Just one lonely Large Red. after following for a while he gave up and posed for me for a while, see pictures.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/65435600@N08/7051564489/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/65435600@N08/7051564085/

  • 3rd Apr 2012
    Carmarthenshire
    GRW
    3rd April 2012, Large Red Damselfly, WWT Llanelli

    Single male Large Red Damselfly seen in brief sunshine between showers at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust reserve in Llanelli.

  • 3rd Apr 2012
    Gtr London (Essex)
    CRJ
    Large Red Damselfly at Rainham Marshes RSPB on 3rd April - observer Howard Vaughan

    A teneral Large Red Damselfly at Rainham Marshes RSPB this am (observer Howard Vaughan) Probably the earliest ever recorded at the site.

  • 2nd Apr 2012
    Devon
    AJH
    Large Red Damselfly

    Large Red Damselfly. See Link to photo taken on site http://www.flickr.com/photos/65435600@N08/6893720246/

  • 1st Apr 2012
    Devon
    RC
    First Large Red Damselfly at Stover

    A well-coloured Large Red Damselfly was at Stover Country Park today.

  • 1st Apr 2012
    Devon
    RC
    Large Red Damselfly

    1 x Large Red Teneral

  • 1st Apr 2012
    Devon
    RC
    Large Red Damselfly

    1x Large Red Damselfly at Aylesbeare Common

  • 1st Apr 2012
    Hampshire
    TD
    1st April 2012 - c

    1 Large Red Damselfly seen near Reptillery in New Forest, Hampshire. Seen at edge of bomb-crater pond.

  • 31st Mar 2012
    Dorset
    IAK
    Large Red Damselfly

    One Large Red Damselfly found at Dunyeats Hill pond. Broadstone, Dorset. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thekrankis/6886391554/in/photostream

  • 29th Mar 2012
    Hampshire
    JH
    7 new large red damselflies coming off same pond as the one from yesterday from 10.30 this morning at, The Secret Garden Nature Reserve, Bursledon near Southampton.29.3.12 n

    7 new large red damselflies coming off same pond as the one from yesterday from 10.30  this morning at, The Secret Garden Nature Reserve, Bursledon near Southampton. 7 large red damselflies  coming off pond (4) from 10.30, till 3.30 pm today 29.3.12. warm sunny day max temp 21.3c,found (3 exuvia) this pond is south facing with sunshine all day and shelterd from the north and east winds.Surface water temp near north side of pond 17.5c.John Horne,I CAN PROVIDE PHOTOS.

  • 28th Mar 2012
    Pembrokeshire
    PKG
    One Large Red Damselfly at Withybush, Haverfordwest

    One Large Red Damselfly at Withybush, Haverfordwest

  • 28th Mar 2012
    Hampshire
    large red damselfly on maiden flight

    Large Red Damselfly seen at 12.20 today flying from the direction of a pond on its  maiden flight, temp today 21.5c at anature reserve near southamton

  • 25th Mar 2012
    Cornwall
    RL
    First Large Red Damselfly of the year, seen at Breney Common, Cornwall. Sun. 25th March, 2012. R.LANE & M.PIKE.

    First Large Red Damselfly of the year, seen at Breney Common, Cornwall. Just one damselfly (apparently) at a '500ft' site. This was seen to be a TENERAL LG.RED DAMSELFLY. Only one segment showed red. Probably emerged early weekend (24thMar.) Seen in free flight and basking in continual sun. This site holds perhaps 1,000 Lg. Reds later in the year. (P.nymphula)

  • 7th Dec 2011
    Norfolk
    AJT
    Sculthorpe Moor

    Sculthorpe Moor. A single very sad looking male common darter was present at the visitor centre dipping pond this morning at 9am

  • 3rd Dec 2011
    Hampshire
    PDW
    December Darters

    At Tucker's Bridge Pond (NF) today there were at least five Common Darters including two pairs ovipositing - one at the pond itself the other into a small grassy puddle nearby.

  • 3rd Dec 2011
    Somerset
    KW
    Migrant hawker

    One migrant hawker seen on 3rd December 2011 at Ham Wall Nature Reserve (RSPB). It was first seen flying and then landed on an alder tree where it was still roosting at the end of the day

  • 30th Nov 2011
    Berkshire
    JWS
    Common Darter

    A single male Common Darter mid-day at Swinley Brick Pits.

  • 30th Nov 2011
    Norfolk
    MRG
    Common Darter in Weybourne Norfolk on 30th Nov 2011

    Male Common Darter photographed in garden in Weybourne

  • 27th Nov 2011
    Hampshire
    PDW
    Ovipositing Southern Hawker

    Southern Hawker numbers increased to three today (27/11/11) at Tucker's Bridge Pond (NF) with 2 males and a female which was ovipositing when I first encountered her. She was soon spotted by one of the males and taken to a tree for copulation.  There were also 6 Common Darters present.

  • 27th Nov 2011
    Norfolk
    AJT
    Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature reserve

    Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature reserve. 4 male common darters sunning themselves on river platform handrail, 1 southern hawker and 2 migrant hawker males present along path to scrape hide 2p.m.

  • 27th Nov 2011
    Gloucestershire
    Common Darters at Coombe Hill Canal

    At Coombe Hill Canal NR: On a virtually cloudless early afternoon, three male Common Darters warming themselves low-down on vegetation in the sun.

  • 25th Nov 2011
    Hampshire
    PDW
    Southern Hawker 25th November.

     Still one male Southern Hawker hunting at Tucker's Bridge Pond (NF) at lunchtime today (25/11). It was cooler (11-12C) today with weak hazy sun and also fairly windy which was probably the reason why I could only find 3 Common Darters

  • 25th Nov 2011
    Warwickshire
    PJR
    Vagrant Emperor at Keresley, Coventry, Warwickshire, V.C. 38

    Mark Whittle, when taking his dog for a walk this morning, found a moribund male Vagrant Emperor Anax ephippiger lying on the pavement just a few tens of yards from his home in Keresley, Coventry. It did not survive the morning.

    News supplied by Peter Reeve, Warwickshire County Recorder. For pictures and more details see: www.warwickshire-dragonflies.org.uk

  • 25th Nov 2011
    Wiltshire VC7
    DP
    Common Darters still on the wing in Wilts.

    Damian Pinguey reported 3 male Common Darters still present at the pond in Chippenham where he photographed a mating pair last week.

  • 24th Nov 2011
    Lancashire
    MF
    A very late Common Darter

    Brockholes Wetlands, Lancashire, one male Common Darter today (November 24) in cool, blustery weather (photo taken).

  • 20th Nov 2011
    Hampshire
    PDW
    Tucker's Bridge Pond 20th November.

    At lunchtime on 20th November there were still nine Common Darters, including an ovipoisiting pair, and a male Southern Hawker at Tucker's Bridge Pond.

  • 19th Nov 2011
    Lancashire
    CPA
    Late Common Darter at Leighton Moss

    Late Common Darter at Leighton Moss. Just a single male seen from Tim Jackson hide, but this is the latest ever record for the county (so far). Another couple reported seeing a Migrant Hawker from Lower hide.

  • 19th Nov 2011
    Norfolk
    LE
    Six Common Darters at Titchwell Marsh RSPB Reserve, North Norfolk coast.

    Six Common Darters at Titchwell Marsh RSPB Reserve, North Norfolk coast. Clear blue skies today kept the Common Darters active, although one was seen struggling in a pool, probably it's last moments. 

  • 18th Nov 2011
    Suffolk
    WB
    Male Migrant Hawker Falkenham Suffolk

    Male Migrant Hawker Falkenham Suffolk

  • 18th Nov 2011
    Berkshire
    JWS
    Southern Hawker

    Despite cloudy conditions, T=13C, a female Southern Hawker appeared for about 15 minutes during our work party at Swinley Brick Pits today, and oviposited round the edge of the ponds we were working on.

  • 18th Nov 2011
    Norfolk
    AJT
    LYNFORD ARBORETUM

    LYNFORD ARBORETUM. 2 Male Common darters on a fence post enjoying the late sun, 1 Migrant hawker male hunting along woodland edge

  • 17th Nov 2011
    Gloucestershire
    Common Darters at Coombe Hill Canal

    A visit to Coombe Hill Canal NR on a sunny morning: 15 Common Darters - 9 males and 3 ovipositing mating pairs.

  • 17th Nov 2011
    Cumbria
    IOB
    Common darter in Cumbria

    Whilst walking in the Rusland Valley, Lake District, we surpised a male Common Darter possibly trying to warm on new timbers of a footbridge. It took flight and the stiff southerly breeze took it away. Shade temp c11C.

  • 17th Nov 2011
    North Lancs/South Cumbria
    SJB
    North Lancs/South Cumbria

    Walking in the countryside around Silverdale, North Lancs saw several Common Darters flying around.  

  • 17th Nov 2011
    Wiltshire VC7
    SJC
    Late fliers at Savernake Forest, Wiltshire on 17th November

    Last Thursday Chris Beard and I visited the Column Pond in Savernake Forest near Marlborough, Wiltshire looking for subjects to photograph. Although fungi were in evidence we were totally distracted by at least 3 male Common Darters [Sympetrum striolatum] and then a fresh looking male Southern Hawker [Aeshna cyanea]. Not the VC's latest record but getting close! Photo's on my blog.Also a mating pair of Common Darters at a pond in Chippenham, Wilts on Sat. 19th Nov, photographed by Damian Pinguey.

  • 16th Nov 2011
    Norfolk
    MRG
    Migrant Hawker & Common Darter at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB on 16th November 2011

    During sunny spells at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB a Male Migrant Hawker was by dipping pond south-east of Reception Hide and a male Common Darter on path 20 yards north of turning to Fen Hide.

  • 15th Nov 2011
    Norfolk
    JM
    Norfolk

    One male Common Darter basking in warm sunshine.  R. Yare, Cringleford, Norwich

  • 15th Nov 2011
    Isle of Wight
    PJH
    Two common darters at Clamerkin NT pond Isle of Wight

    Todays weather was sunny but now a chill in the air. Only two Common Darters to be seen at Clamerkin NT pond on the Isle of Wight

  • 15th Nov 2011
    Sussex
    DKP
    A Male Southern Hawker at Buchan Country Park on the 15th November 2011

    A single Male Southern Hawker patrolling the edge of the main lake at Buchan Country Park (sussex) at lunchtime on the 15th November 2011. The temperature was 16 degrees celcius at the time.

  • 13th Nov 2011
    Leicestershire
    LE
    Common Darters enjoying late autumn sunshine.

    During a very warm interlude in northern Leicestershire, (Wymeswold), two male Common Darters came to their usual resting places around our garden pond, had a few photos taken, and enjoyed a few sessions of chasing each other around. It was 13.7 degrees at the time - most unusual for this time of year in the Midlands.

  • 13th Nov 2011
    Gloucestershire
    Common Darters in the Forest of Dean.

    On a virtually cloudless late morning, 30+ Common Darters with many ovipositing pairs, in the series of ponds dug in the autumn of 2009, in the Cinderford Linear Park-North, Forest of Dean. No other species were seen.

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