Previous Sightings

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  • 24th Apr 2011
    East Sussex
    JE

    12+ Large Red Damselflies at Arlington Reservoir on 23/4/11 and a single female Broad-bodied Chaser at Abbott's Wood today.

  • 24th Apr 2011
    Hampshire
    PR

    Keyhaven awakens. Exactly a week after last visiting when only Large Reds were present, this visit saw numurous Large Reds, Blue-tails and Azures with all species in-cop and ovipositing. There were also 2 confirmed, possibly 3 male Hairy Dragonflies and one female ovipositing. As usual any photos will appear on my site's blog soon.

  • 24th Apr 2011
    Berkshire
    JWS

    Three species at Swinley Brick Pits.A hurried visit to Swinley Brick Pits this morning yielded 3 species: 29 Large Red damsels, including 6 mature males, 15 tenerals, 4 tandem pairs, 1 of which was ovipositing; 1 mature Downy Emerald patrolling over water; and one Four-spotted Chaser, which took its maiden flight, leaving an exuvia.

  • 24th Apr 2011
    Gloucestershire
    JAR

    I was trying to take photographs of the newts in our pond - but managed to get a photograph of a red damselfly!  Taken on Good Friday in Lechlade, Gloucestershire

  • 24th Apr 2011
    ESSEX
    TC

    Wake valley pond, Epping forest, Essex. I was suprised to find two Downy Emeralds emerging this morning & take their maiden flights high into the trees. The latest emergent flew at 1 pm. This i think is my earliest ever sighting at this pond by about 10 days.Also found two other exuviae of earlier emergents. Found 6 Hairy Dragonfly exuviae also.Went on to Cornmill meadows, Waltham Abbey to finish the afternoon off & found 9 Hairy dragonflies patrolling including two females.

  • 24th Apr 2011
    Bucks

    First records of Hairy Hawkers, Red eyed, Azure, Common Blue, Blue-tailed 24 April The Walkers also Large red present at Hanson ESC (permit site) North Bucks   

  • 24th Apr 2011
    Dorset
    DC

    Sighted a female Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) laying eggs in our garden pond on 24th April 2011.

  • 24th Apr 2011
    Worcestershire (VC37)
    DAJ

    Female Beautiful Demoiselle seen by Dave Walker along River Salwarpe at Upton Warren Nature Reserve today. Photograph taken by finder.

  • 23rd Apr 2011
    Suffolk
    BS

    23 April 2011- Alton Water, Suffolk 40 Large Red Damselflies including 8 tandem pairs and single recently emerged Four Spotted Chaser.

  • 23rd Apr 2011
    Cambridgeshire
    SC

    On the 21st of April a large red damselfly was spotted above our new wildlife pond in Girton, Cambridgeshire. The pond is newly installed so it is very unlikely it hatched here but there is an established pond in woods at the rear of Wellbeck Way in Girton. I am unable to say if it was a male or female.

  • 23rd Apr 2011
    Oxfordshire
    WPB

    2 Hairy Dragonflies seen flying along a dyke at Otmoor RSPB Reserve this morning, Large Red Damsel also reported.

  • 23rd Apr 2011
    Hampshire
    PDW

    At Badminston GP this morning were a patrolling male Emperor, a pair of Hairy Dragonflies in cop, 1 Common Blue Damselfly, 3 Azure Damselflies, 9 Large Red Damselflies and a Blue-tailed Damselfly. With the exception of the Large Reds these are all very early for me.

  • 23rd Apr 2011
    Glamorgan
    DB

    Cosmeston lakes  20 Large red damselfly 6 in tandem  4 Blue Tailed damselfly  8 4 Spotted chasers on first flights new  emerged

  • 23rd Apr 2011
    Leicestershire
    NW

    Grantham Canal- Plungar Bridge: Mass emergence of 200+ Variable Damselfly. Small number of mature Variables also present in addition to 10+ teneral Large Red Damselfly

  • 23rd Apr 2011
    Norfolk
    MRS

    Two exuvia of Broad-bodied Chaser found yesterday (22nd April) and one today 23rd April 2011, plus today a freshly emerged Broad-bodied Chaser next to exuvia, from my garden pond in Lyng, Norfolk

  • 23rd Apr 2011
    Gloucestershire
    IT

    Two teneral Red-eyed Damselflies spotted, and two exuviae collected at The Mythe, near the fishing lake. This date is even earlier than last year. Also present was a teneral female Azure and a teneral Blue-tailed as well as approx 15 Large Reds. It was noted that two of the Large Reds had deformed abdomens. No sighting yet of Common Clubtail.

  • 23rd Apr 2011
    Cambridgeshire
    MB

    42 large red damselflies (6 teneral and six pairs in tandem and ovipositing), one blue-tailed damselfly and one hairy dragonfly at Ferry Meadows

  • 23rd Apr 2011
    Somerset
    JH

    Broad-bodied Chaser @ Backwell Lake Backwell Lake this afternoon 1 x Female Broad-bodied Chaser sighted & photographed also several Large Reds & 1 x Common Blue.

  • 23rd Apr 2011
    Nottinghamshire
    RR

    Banded Demoiselle  and Common Blue Damselfly at Attenborough Nature Reserve

  • 23rd Apr 2011
    Dorset
    IAK

    Broad Bodied Chasers and Large Reds abundant at Dunyeats Hill pond.Plenty of Large Reds about now. Several Broad Bodied Chasers flying about  and many more spotted emerging. A few Azure Damsels were seen too. Dunyeats Hill pond just off Gravel Hill. Pics here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thekrankis/

  • 23rd Apr 2011
    Kent
    PWS

    At least two male (and one probable female) vagrant emperor observed at Dungeness RSPB Reserve today, from c.2pm until 4:30pm at least. Viewed from Springfield Bridge along the Dengemarsh Road; one male apparently holding territory along the ditch on the northern side of the bridge, with at least one other male and a probable female seen to disperse from the ditch across neighbouring arable fields. Photographs taken for verification by D.Walker (Dungeness Bird Observatory Warden). Hairy hawker and blue-tailed damselfly also present.

  • 23rd Apr 2011
    Leicestershire
    LE

    One teneral Four spotted Chaser was in the garden this morning in north Leicestershire. Some more Large Red damselflies emerged, and one mature Large Red returned to the pond today. A few Large Reds were around field ponds.

  • 23rd Apr 2011
    Kent
    PS

    3+ male Vagrant Emperors at Dungeness.  Found at 1.30pm by Phil Saunders, Josh-Jenkins Shaw and Graham Nicholls.  Multi-observed after that.  View from the bridge opposite the RSPB hides alond Denge Marsh Road.This mesage from Andy Lawson (I'll be there tomorrow)

  • 23rd Apr 2011
    Kent
    OL

    Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger) male at Springfield Bridge, Dungeness RSPB reserve2-3 Vagrant Emperors viewed from the Springfield Bridge (over the Dengemarsh Sewer) on the boundary of the Dungeness RSPB reserve this afternoon. When I arrived saw one male several times as it came past patrolling the large ditch and it landed in the adjoining arable field and on bankside vegetation (just before I arrived). Photos taken and c15 observers saw at least one individual, while the original finders were lucky to see 2 possibly 3.Last sightings of the male was at 3ish.Please stay on the bridge and do not enter any private fields. Park on the side of the Dengemarsh road (via Lydd) and walk the roughly hundred metres to the bridge. Grid Ref - TR055182(Submitted the first dragonfly sighting of 2011 in Pembs to the BDS website - but didn't think I would be lucky to see a Vagrant Emperor in UK a few months later).

  • 23rd Apr 2011
    Middlesex (Greater London)
    STP

    Recently emerged immature male Broad-bodied Chaser perched on vegetation at approx 10.00. On the southern edge of Copse Wood, part of the Ruislip Woods NNR.

  • 23rd Apr 2011
    Devon
    LS

    Broad Bodied Chaser seen and photographed at Dawlish Warren NNR 23 April

  • 23rd Apr 2011
    Middlesex
    MER

    4 Large Red Damselfies over my garden pond including two in tandem.

  • 23rd Apr 2011
    Essex
    RG

    Great Wakering Common (GR: TQ 952 878): 1 Blue-tailed Damselfly.  Havengore Creek (GR: TQ 957 888): 1 male Hairy Dragonfly over borrow dyke. Both sightings earliest personal records.

  • 23rd Apr 2011
    Bucks
    SM

    Emerging sequence of Brachytron pratense (Hairy Dragonfly) photographed 23rd AprilSeveral hairy dragonflies emerging from pond near Caldecotte Lake in Milton Keynes. The sequence was photographed http://www.flickr.com/photos/39270801@N06/5649084153/in/photostream. 4 spotted chasers emerging, Large Reds and Azure mating, common blue and blue tails on the wing.

  • 23rd Apr 2011
    Greater London
    AR

    My first odo of the year - a female broad-bodied chaser, Walthamstow Reservoirs

  • 23rd Apr 2011
    Essex
    NDP

    1 male large red damselfly at the Damselfly Pond in Bedfords Park, Romford

  • 23rd Apr 2011
    ESSEX
    TC

    Hadleigh Country park marshes, Large Red damelflies 200 plus, Blue tailed 30, & 3 Hairy Dragonflies on the wingMy first visit of the season to Hadleigh Countryt Park marshes, Essex, yeilded very large numbers of Large Red Damselflies, probably 200 plus, very many in tandem & egg laying. Also about 30 Blue tailed damsels at various stages of maturity from fully coloured to just emerged tenerals. Pleased to also see two males & one female Hairy Dragonlies patrolling the ditches.

  • 22nd Apr 2011
    Norfolk
    MRS

    Female Large Red Damselfly seen on Privet hedge above pond this morning in my Garden in Lyng, Norfolk. No sign of exuvia

  • 22nd Apr 2011
    Gloucestershire
    MJM

    Hairy Dragonflies at WWT Slimbridge. A newly emerged female still drying c 8 feet up in the hedge, a male was patrolling the canopy at 12ft in the Green Lane between the two WWT viewing platforms.

  • 22nd Apr 2011
    Norfolk
    IJW

    Two male Large Red Damselflies seen flying early morning at Reffley Reservoir, Kings Lynn, Norfolk. Great photo of one of them, just after the sun came out.

  • 22nd Apr 2011
    Northants
    MT

    A mass synchronised emergence of 20+ Hairy Dragonflies was recorded at Ditchford. Also, 20-30 Common Blues emerging. The County total is now four species with a Four spotted Chaser recorded yesterday

  • 22nd Apr 2011
    West Sussex

    1 female Broad-bodied Chaser, 1 male Beautiful Demoiselle and 20+ Large Red Damselflies at Pulborough Brooks RSPB reserve in West Sussex today.

  • 22nd Apr 2011
    Cambridgeshire
    CWE

    Spotted 4 male blue-tailed damselflies and 1 male azure damselfly at Dogsthorpe Star Pit Nature Reserve, near Peterborough

  • 22nd Apr 2011
    Cambridgeshire
    ARF

    Hairy Dragonfly - 2 at Hampton Nature Reserve plus 8 Large Red Damselflies

  • 22nd Apr 2011
    Cambridgeshire
    ARF

    Blue-tailed Damselfly - 1 teneral at Norman Cross Pits

  • 22nd Apr 2011
    Essex
    RN

    A female Hairy Dragonfly watched catching flies and perching up to eat them, at West Canvey Island RSPB. A female Hairy Dragonfly buzzed passed us at waist height along a path actively hawking for flies. She then perched up at about 2 ft high in a thorn bush on the sunny side, out of the breeze, where she proceeded to consume her catch and provided a good opportunity for some photographs. I'm familiar with the species which breeds locally to where I live in Maldon, Essex. The early date excludes most possible confusion species. Medium size, slightly larger than say a Darter sp but smaller than the hawkers. Thorax, hairy and rusty brown, with just a couple of yellowish dots for antehumeral stripes at the front, behind the eyes. Thickish abdomen with any "pinching in" absent, black with a series of yelow dots and stripes to the end; long anal appendages. Wings clear but for a rusty tinge to the leading edge and long brown pterostigma. 

  • 22nd Apr 2011
    Lancashire

    3 blue-tailed damsels (all males 2 mature and 1 teneral)  and a large red near Carnforth, North Lancashire

  • 22nd Apr 2011
    Somerset
    LMc

    Somerst: Priddy Mineries - Downy Emerald Exiuvia and adult, Westhay - 2 x Hairy Dragonfly, 4 Spot Chaser.Spotted 5 Downy Emerald exuvia along the margins of Waldegrave Pod near trees, then one adult amoungst vegetation in water.  Sadly, the adult only had three wings and was unable to fly well.  Large red adults also present.  At Westhay late afternoon saw 1 Hairy Dragonfly over water, one patrolling amoungst trees and one 4 Spot Chaser which obligingly landed in a tree enabling me to take a picture! Large number of Azure and Variable damselflies also present at Westhay.

  • 22nd Apr 2011
    Northumberland
    MR

     One Large Red Damselfly on North Tyne at Haughton Strother GP 

  • 22nd Apr 2011
    Devon/Cornwall
    AJP

    The Vagrant Emperor migration has finally made it to the UK: a male was photographed on Friday 15 April at Plymouth, Devon, and a female was seen on Saturday 16 April near Penryn, Cornwall. There was also a 'probable' seen near Nanquidno in Cornwall on 19 April. Nearby to us, singles were seen in both Belgium and The Netherlands on 22 April, and there are currently large numbers (including oviposting pairs) in western France. Maybe there are more UK records to come?

  • 22nd Apr 2011
    UK
    JH

    Westhay moor: Several Hairy Dragonflies sighted, along with the following species of Damselfly.  25+ Variable Damselfly  25+ Azur Damselfly  5 x Large Red  3 x Blue tailed DamselflyShapwick Heath:  3+ Red-eyed Damselflies  2 x Hairy Dragonflies Priddy mineries:  1 x Large red Damselfly. Photo's available. 

  • 22nd Apr 2011
    Gloucestershire
    MGM

    22 April 2011 Gloucestershire

    Beautiful Demoiselle - Gloucestershire - first sighting of year. A teneral male Beautiful Demoiselle was seen and photographed on a woodland path between the Mythe Brook and the GWT's Mythe Railway reserve near Tewkesbury. Two teneral female Azure Damselflies were also seen in a meadow nearby. Large Red Damselflies are now numerous in the area.

  • 22nd Apr 2011
    Hampshire
    MDR

    One Hairy Dragonfly seen over the "Darters Dip" pond at Titchfield Haven. Also 6 Large Red Damselflies

  • 21st Apr 2011
    Ceredigion
    AC

    5 Broad-bodied Chaser exuvia found at/near small garden pond, an unfortunately incomplete female emergence, and 3 more in the process of emerging this morning. One emerging Large Red Damselfly also (F) and one teneral also in the garden. Talybont, Ceredigion

  • 21st Apr 2011
    Somerset
    LMc

    2 Adult, 1 newly emergent and 15 exuvia of Large Red Damselfly, Priddy Mineries, Somerset . Spotted exuvia before adults, mainly on mares tail in water but also on reeds at edge.  1 adult landed nearby - still had part of it's exuvia attached and was flying weakly. Spotted 1 newly emerged specimen. 1 more adult as leaving pond - this one had a kink in it's body.  Was a warm and sunny but windy day.   

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