Previous Sightings

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  • 2nd Oct 2011
    Dumfriesshire
    CLI
    Vagrant Emperor reported and verified in Annan, Dumfries and Galloway

    Vagrant Emperor reported and verified in Annan, Dumfries and Galloway. ID enquiry sent to Claire Install, BDS Conservation Officer and confirmed by Pam Taylor and Adrian Parr.

  • 2nd Oct 2011
    Hampshire
    PDW
    End of summer sightings

    At Tucker's Bridge Pond (NF) there were seven Southern Hawkers (one female)  - a good count after such a poor showing during the summer - and about 20 Common Darters with three ovipositing in tandem at any one time.  Nearer the coast at Lower Pennington there were at least 10 Migrant Hawkers, including a pair in cop, a few Common Darters and two Blue-tailed Damselflies - the latest I've seen in Hampshire.

  • 1st Oct 2011
    Somerset
    LMc
    5 species Priddy Mineries. 1st October

    Waldegrave Pond, Priddy Mineries - 10+ Migrant Hawkers, 10+ Common Hawkers, seen both mating and ovipositing, 2 Black Darters, 1 Emerald Damselfly, 1 Common Darter

  • 1st Oct 2011
    Essex / Gtr London
    CRJ
    1st October Dagnam Park LNR, nr Romford. Still 2 male Small Red-eyed Damsels today. 10 Common Darters, single Migrant Hawker and Southern Hawker males

    Dagnam Park LNR, Harold Hill near Romford. Still 2 male Small Red-eyed Damselflies on algal mats on the Perch Pond early pm. Also 10 Common Darters including pairs 'in cop' and ovipositing, plus 1 male Southern Hawker and 1 male Migrant Hawker.  [My only previous October records of Small Red-eyes were in 2006 at Bedfords Park Lake when 2 remained to 16/10/06 with several late Common Blue Damsels as well]

  • 1st Oct 2011
    Kent
    JCL
    Late ovipositing Emperor

    Dungeness Long Pits, Kent. Female Emperor ovipositing. Late?

  • 1st Oct 2011
    North Lancs/South Cumbria
    SJB
    North Lancs/South Cumbria

    On the last day of the heatwave, in this area at least,  a good days sightings at Barkbooth Lot (S Cumbria Wildlife Trust site).  In hot sunshine 2 male Common Hawkers flew across the water investigating bankside vegetation and then very close to us plucked females from the plants and flew up into the trees.  Also 4 other male Common Hawkers on the second pond searching for females.  30+ Black Darters, many in tandem and females ovipositing.  Also large numbers of mating and ovipositing Common Darters.  Several Emerald and Blue Tailed Damselflies perched on leaves around the pond edges.

  • 29th Sep 2011
    North Lancs/South Cumbria
    SJB
    North Lancs/South Cumbria

    Haweswater , Silverdale,  N Lancs.  6 Migrant Hawkers basking in the sunshine on one small patch of vegetation near the lake.   Also other single Migrant Hawkers, 2 Brown Hawkers, 3 Southern Hawkers and many Common Darters,  some flying in tandem.

  • 29th Sep 2011
    Lancashire
    CPA
    Late Banded Demoiselle

    Taking advantage of the hot weather this lunchtime, I visited Priory Meadow (Penwortham). Two small pools there. Only one sighting, but a first for the site - a female Banded Demoiselle. I haven't see any of this species since August 7th, and this is my first ever September sighting for the species.

  • 29th Sep 2011
    Norfolk
    RF
    Willow Emerald Damselfly at Strumpshaw

    A male Willow Emerald Damselfly was seen at Strumpshaw Fen rspb reserve along the fen trail, eighty metres past the railway crossing.

  • 28th Sep 2011
    Essex / Gtr London
    CRJ
    28th September Dagnam Park LNR, Harold Hill near Romford. Five Small Red-eyed Damselflies (ovipositing pair and 3 males) this afternoon.

    Dagnam Park LNR, Harold Hill near Romford. Five Small Red-eyed Damselflies on the Perch Pond in hot sunshine this afternoon - three males and an ovipositing pair. Also several Common Darters (very low numbers of this species locally this year) and a male Southern Hawker patrolling a small pond nearby.

  • 28th Sep 2011
    Hampshire
    PDW
    Red-veined Darter in Hampshire

    There was a female Red-veined Darter at Badminston GP yesterday (28/9) present around midday but not relocated later in the afternoon. There were also about 30 Common Darters, 10 Migrant Hawkers, a Blue-tailed Damselfly and 7 Common Blue Damselflies. Two Southern Hawkers at Lower Pennington made it a six-species day!

  • 25th Sep 2011
    Suffolk
    TC
    Willow Emerald Damselflies

    Alton Water, Tattingstone, Suffolk.

    Huge numbers of Willow Emerald Damselflies were present here this afternoon. Well in excess of 100 + were basking in the warm sunshine. A large percentage were found in a clearing off the main footpath in the numerous Oak trees found in this sheltered sun trap.

    Good numbers of Common Blue Damselflies also present, along with a male Southern Hawker, a Brown Hawker, aound 10 Migrant Hawkers & a supisingly low count of only 6 Common Darters.

  • 24th Sep 2011
    Norfolk
    DJW
    Norfolk

    At Strumpshaw Fen still at least 4 male Willow Emeralds along the dyke at the previously reported location on the Fen Trail around mid-day in strong sunshine. At first difficult to find against the foliage of overhanging trees, but 1-2 gradually coming down to perch on lower branches and dead reed stems over the water close to the bank. Also there, single Brown Hawker and male Southern Hawker, 2-3 Migrant Hawkers, and several pairs of Common Darter.

  • 23rd Sep 2011
    Suffolk
    AJP
    Willow Emerald Damselflies at Stowmarket

    Willow Emerald Damselflies have been doing well in Suffolk this year. Today (23 September), I saw three on the River Gipping at Stowmarket (one even in the town centre) - this is further upstream than previously reported. Oviposition was noted into Ash.

  • 22nd Sep 2011
    Berkshire
    JWS
    Common Hawker

    A visit to Crowthorne Wood at lunch-time today produced the following records: Golden-ringed 2; Black Darter 16 (inc ovipositing pair); Common Darter 6; Small Red Damsel 1; Emerald Damsel 1. Best of all, I had my first definite sighting this year of Common Hawker, which is becoming increasingly scarce in this area.  It was a male, which I watched flying over the bog for some 10 – 15 minutes, allowing excellent views for identification purposes.

  • 22nd Sep 2011
    North Yorkshire
    JB
    Harwood Dale Forest 6 male 3 female Southern Hawkers 4 male 2 female Common Hawkers 9 male 5 female Common Darters 4 male Black Darters.

    Harwood Dale Forest  6 male 3 female Southern Hawkers  4 male 2 female Common Hawkers 9 male 5 female Common Darters 4 male Black Darters.

  • 21st Sep 2011
    North Yorkshire
    JB
    Thurley Cotes pond Harwood dale 3 male 1 female Southern Hawkers 1 male Common Hawker 5 male 3 female Common Darters.

    Thurley Cotes pond Harwood dale 3 male 1 female Southern Hawkers 1 male Common Hawker 5 male 3 female Common Darters.

  • 18th Sep 2011
    Northumberland
    SDL
    Wallington - Northumberland

    A lovely Migrant Hawker seen dancing round a small pond in the walled gardens of National Trust site at Wallington.

  • 16th Sep 2011
    Cornwall
    CAM
    Cornwall - Chyverton CWTR

    Chyverton CWTR. A day of strong westerly wind, some sunny intervals, generally cool conditions. 25+ Keeled Skimmers, mostly males seen,  few pairs, 5 Southern Hawker males, often 3 disputing territory around very small pond, 1 immature male, 1 pair and 2 females ovipositing over lengthy period. 3 male Golden Ringed, no female seen today. 1 male and 1 female Migrant Hawker. 30+ Common Darters, pairs, ovipositing. 1 female Beautiful Demoiselle. 20+ Emerald Damsels, pairs and ovipositing.  

  • 11th Sep 2011
    Devon
    DMM
    2 Gold ring , a male emporer , female four spot chaser, a southern hawker ,many common darters and damselflys

    I visited my local ponds near horwood North Devon as i arrived darters could be seen in abundance, within five minutes I saw a Gold Ring eating a wasp got some photos and a short video then another one also eating a wasp, as I continued my search around the pond I startled a male Emperor and then a Four spot chaser. I was not sure at first I thought maybe a yellow vained darter but then I got close enough for a good shot it was a four spot female freshly emerged it seemed by its immaculate condition. Then saw a male Southern Hawker but it did not settle for a photo.

  • 11th Sep 2011
    Berkshire
    JWS
    Latest sightings

     I visited Felix Farm Trout Fishery, Binfield on Saturday 10th (overcast, very breezy but a warm T=22) and Swinley Brick Pits Sunday 11th (very strong winds, T=21 and some decent sunny spells). Still quite a lot around, considering that the weather has been unkind this year and was far from ideal on both days. Counts at FFTF were: Damsels: Common Blue 80+, Red-eyed 13, Small Red-eyed 1 (probably more on algal mats, but too far out for positive i.d., Blue-tailed 1; Dragons: Common Darter 21, Ruddy Darter 2, Migrant Hawker 3. A Hobby was giving a superb flying display whilst catching the dragonflies that were about. At Swinley: Damsels were very few, in part because of the strong wind: Common Blue 1, Emerald 2, Small Red 1; Dragons coped much better with the wind: Common Darter 12, Ruddy Darter 20, Black Darter 5, Southern Hawker 8, Brown Hawker 1 (female ovipositing), and a single male Keeled Skimmer.

  • 10th Sep 2011
    Norfolk
    NDP
    Willow emerald at Strumpshaw Fen

    Willow emerald at Strumpshaw Fen. I was kindly shown 2 willow emerald males by Dick Filby (who reported them on 1st Sept).  Also about were a small number of ruddy darters and migrant hawkers and 3 brown hawkers.  Photos of the willow emeralds here: http://www.uk-wildlife.co.uk/willow-emerald-damselfly-at-strumpshaw-fen/

  • 10th Sep 2011
    Glamorgan
    DB
    Cosmeston Lakes SSSI Abundance of activity Migrant Hawkers / Southern Hawkers /Common Hawkers and Common Darter

    Saturday 10th Sept 2011 Cosmeston Lakes SSSI Abundance of activity. Lots of activity although blowy lots of Migrant Hawker activity Saw 26 flying on the central boardwalk another 12 flying hovering around the reed stems looking for females seen 6 in copula  and 1 female ovipositing   2 Southern hawker males duelling  4 Common Hawker on the conservation lake1 Emperor male made an appearence before speeding off to a nearby tree  100's of Common Darter in tandem ovipositing and in copula on the central boardwalkThe rangers have cut the reeds down along here now makes ideal area for ovipositing females as water is now exposed

  • 9th Sep 2011
    Norfolk
    RWR
    At least 2 male Eillow Emeralds at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB TG336070 today.

    There were at least 2 male Willow Emeralds at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB today, at approx 2.30 pm. Several now seen on old, bare, reed stems.

  • 9th Sep 2011
    Essex
    NDP
    Migrant Hawkers in Wat Tyler CP

    Migrant Hawkers in Wat Tyler CP. Plenty of Migrant hawkers patrolling in the evening despite the lack of any real sun all day.  At least 10 males flying above head height along paths and clearing in between areas of scrub.  Also a number of ruddy and common darters, most of which were over mature.

  • 5th Sep 2011
    Northumberland
    JA
    Nothumberland sites. Monday 5th Sept.

    West Hartford, Northumberland. Behind fire station on smaller pool. 3 pairs of common Darters in tandem ovipositing, 3 futher males, 2 Blue-tailed damselflies.Druridge Pools, Northumberland. At end of track past both bird hides. 5 male and 4 female Common Darters basking on gates and fences.

  • 4th Sep 2011
    Lancashire
    MF
    Brockholes Wetlands

    Common Darters were very frequent at Brockholes today including many well-coloured mature males. Also flying were Brown Hawkers, one female of which was ovipositing, and several Migrant Hawkers including a tandem pair. Common Blue Damselflies were very frequent as usual but no Emerald Damselflies and these have been extremely scarce here all summer, 3 males seen two weeks ago being the best sighting.

  • 4th Sep 2011
    Norfolk
    JM
    keeled Skimmer

    A dry cloudy bright morning with warm sunny periods and a careful thorough search on Holt Lowes Norfolk, where a total of 20 Keeled skimmers were noted.10 females and 8 males plus one mating pair. also one male Black-tailed Skimmer.

  • 2nd Sep 2011
    North Yorkshire
    JB
    Harwood Dale Forest 1ST & 2ND SEPT male Common Hawkers male6 females 5 southern hawkers male 5 females4 Common Darters males 5 females 3 Black Darters male 15 females 6

    Harwood Dale Forest  1ST & 2ND SEPT male Common Hawkers male6 females 5 southern hawkers male 5 females4 Common Darters males 5 females 3 Black Darters male 15 females 6 . The weather has not been warm or sunny the last two weeks so I have not bothered going to the Forest till Thursaday the sun came out at 12oclock and with it common Hawkers.I observed the males quickly finding females and flying up into the trees. one thing I observed was the males picking up female Southern Hawkers and quickly letting go. On Friday there was more Southern Hawkers about counted 4 or 5 males at one time with the males disapearing into the trees with females it is hard to get a true count of numbers. I got some really good Photos of a pair of southern Hawkers mating they were so engrosed for 20 minutes i had time to change lenses on the camera.

  • 2nd Sep 2011
    Kent
    PW
    Willow Emeralds & Common Emerald- Kent

    North Stream,Marshside, Chislet, Nr Canterbury, Kent.     Willow Emeralds 8+,  Common Emerald, Bluetailed damselflies.   Migrant Hawker m & f,  Ruddy Darter m & f.

  • 1st Sep 2011
    Devon
    MG
    Common Darter

    Several Common Darters in and around Braunton Burrows and Braunton great field- on Sandy Lane (UNESCO Bioshere), North DEVON 3 - 4 spotted 1st September 2011

  • 1st Sep 2011
    Norfolk
    DF
    Willow Emeralds - Strumpshaw RSPB Norfolk

    Finally! After carefull searching by several observers on+off for some weeks, PH found the first of the year, and together we wnet on to find 7+ Willow Emerald Damselflies (5 males, 2 females) at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB this afternoon, along the same dyke as past two years (along Fen Trail, between 75 and 150 yards west of the level crossing) TG.336.070  These ones ARE late fliers!

  • 1st Sep 2011
    Buckinghamshire
    DF
    First record of Small Red-eyed Damselfly at Dorney Rowing Centre

    First record of Small Red-eyed Damselfly at Dorney Rowing Centre. 2 Small Red-eyed Damselflies on algae on the large Arboretum pond. Also Red-eyed, Common Blue, Azure, Blue-tailed and Large Red Damselflies, Brown and Migrant Hawkers, Common and Ruddy Darters.

  • 1st Sep 2011
    North Lancs/South Cumbria
    SJB
    North Lancashire/South Cumbria sightings

    In hot sunshine at Barkbooth Lot - Cumbria Wildlife Trust site - many Common Blue and Emerald DamselfliesCommon Darter and Black Darters in huge numbers.  Black Darters ovipositing in tandem on the edges of the pond.  Many Southern Hawkers on both ponds.  Also at Haweswater Lake - Silverdale, N Lancs in the wildflower meadows adjoining the water Ruddy Darters, Emerald Damselfies,  also large numbers of Migrant Hawkers flying over the meadows and trees.

  • 1st Sep 2011
    Gloucestershire
    MF
    Small Red-eyed Damselflies near Tewkesbury

    Broken cloud/sun and much activity 1-2pm when very warm at this fishing pool near Tewkesbury. Several male Small Red-eyed Damselflies were perched out on the floating weed and lily pads with occasional mating pairs seen, one of them  ovipositing. One Red-eyed Damselfly (najas) also present. Many Common Darters were flying plus 2 Ruddy Darters and frequent Southern Hawkers, Brown Hawkers and a single Migrant Hawker. Blue-tailed and Common Blue Damselflies were also very frequent as well as a few Banded Demoiselles. Ten species altogether but most of them seemed to stop flying by mid-afternoon despite intermittent sun and warm. Some photos on website.

  • 31st Aug 2011
    Leicestershire
    LE
    Small Red-eyed Damselfly near Melton Mowbray.

    Nine Small Red-eyed Damselflies were found on algal mats on Stapleford Park Lake, to the south-east of Melton Mowbray. Two were in cop and one ovipositing in spite of dull conditions with no sign of sun. At Melton Mowbray Country Park we saw Emerald Damselfies, Migrant Hawkers, a Brown Hawker and a Common Darter.

  • 29th Aug 2011
    Lincolnshire
    LE
    Frampton Marsh RSPB Nature Reserve

    Frampton Marsh RSPB Nature Reserve. During a sunny interval there were good numbers of Migrant Hawkers flying and perching up for photos, with numerous Common Darters, some Ruddy Darters, Blue-tailed dameslflies and Common Blue damselflies.

  • 29th Aug 2011
    Somerset
    CI
    Exmoor mire restoration.

    Loads of Black Darter, along with smaller numbers of Common Hawker, Common Blue Damselfly and Emerald Damselfly, making use of newly created pools on the Exmoor mires today.

  • 29th Aug 2011
    Suffolk
    BS
    Willow Emeralds, Holywells Park, Ipswich

    21 Willow Emeralds present within Holywells Park, Ipswich. At least three pairs flying in tandem and ovipositing. Several tenerals noted too.

  • 27th Aug 2011
    Suffolk
    MS
    Willow Emeralds at Sproughton

    Passing through Sproughton village, near Ipswich, I noticed some likely habitat for Willow Emeralds on the River Gipping and decided to have a look. Sure enough, they were there! About 10 including 2 pairs in cop. Also, 2 Brown Hawker, 1 Migrant Hawker, Ruddy Darter.

  • 24th Aug 2011
    Norfolk
    JM
    Black Darter

    It was not the sunny day expected, but after 3 hours of carefull searching, 4 females and 5 male Black darters were recorded on Dersingham Bog.There were no dragondflies around the bogy pools, instead they were located in the surrounding grassy areas sheltered from the fairly strong wind

  • 22nd Aug 2011
    Essex
    AWS
    Willow emerald

    Abbotts Hall Farm (EWT) one Willow emerald on small pond in woods

  • 22nd Aug 2011
    Lincolnshire
    LE
    Small Red-eyed Damselfly near the Lincolnshire/Leicestershire Border

    Small Red-eyed Damselfly near the Lincolnshire/Leicestershire Border. On the Grantham Canal north of Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir there were 8 species seen during a short walk after a pub lunch: Brown Hawker (1), Banded Demoiselle(1), Common Blue damselflies (5), Blue-tailed damselfly (1), Migrant Hawkers (3), Common Darter (1), Red-eyed damselfly (1), Small Red-eyed damselflies (6). I have sent in a photo of the latter as confirmation of the sighting.

  • 22nd Aug 2011
    Cumbria
    MF
    Black Darters at Foulshaw

    Black Darters at Foulshaw. In calm sunny weather, a large number of Black Darters was present at the main pool at Foulshaw Moss today. In a small damp patch no larger than a dinner plate at least four tandem pairs were ovipositing simultaneously and other mating pairs and many territorial males perched in the pool's marginal vegetation. There was also a good number of Emerald Damselflies (mostly males) plus an inquisitive Southern Hawker, a Brown Hawker, and many Common Blue Damselflies. A male Emperor also put in a brief appearance.

  • 21st Aug 2011
    Leicestershire
    IM
    Good numbers of Small Red-eyed Damselflies throughout the Watermead Country Park complex, on suitable floating vegetation, at their westernmost and probably most accessible site in VC55

    Good numbers of Small Red-eyed Damselflies throughout the Watermead Country Park complex, on suitable floating vegetation, at their westernmost and probably most accessible site in VC55

  • 20th Aug 2011
    Essex
    NDP
    Migrant hawkers in Epping Forest

    Migrant hawkers in Epping Forest. A quick visit to a patch of heathland on a short walk from wake valley pond resulted in 40+ hunting migrant hawkers, a great sight with their wings glistening in the morning sun.

  • 20th Aug 2011
    Essex
    NDP
    Banded demioselles at Cornmill Meadows dragonfly sanctuary

    Banded demioselles at Cornmill Meadows dragonfly sanctuary. A late morning/ early afternoon walk was surprisingly low in dragonfly sightings, though the cloud cover increased as we walked around and ending in drizzle. A few common darters and ruddy darter sighted and a male migrant hawker.  10+ male banded demioselles were performing in the NE corner where the water was flowing fastest and one femlae was chased by 2 males.  furtehr round a further female and males were spotted.

  • 19th Aug 2011
    Surrey
    GJH
    Thursley Common

    Aeshna juncea, five at Thursley Common

  • 19th Aug 2011
    Lincolnshire
    BH
    Belton Park (National Trust)

    Belton Park (National Trust). Small red-eyed damselflies 9 (including ovipositing), possible new site for this species?. Other species included at least 40 migrant hawkers in swarming mode, 6 brown hawkers, 5 common darters, 1 ruddy darter and few each of common blue and blue-tailed damselflies.

  • 19th Aug 2011
    Cornwall
    CAM
    Breney Common Pools and Chyverton CWTRs

    Breney Common Pools and Chyverton CWTRs.Breney: 20+ Black Darters pairs and ovipositing. 1 male Common Hawker, 1 male Emperor took female in tandem. 15 Common  Darters. 5 Small Red Damsels. 10 Large Red Damsels - 1 male took Small Red female in unsucessful coupling. Many Emeralds, Common Blue and some Azure and Blue-tailed damsels.Chyverton: 25+ Keeled Skimmers many pairs and ovipositing. 2 male Southern Hawkers, 1 immature female Migrant Hawker, 2 male Golden Ringed, 1 took female for over 90 mins! 30+ Common Darters many immature. Many Emerald and Common Blue Damsels.  2 Large Red Damsels.A bright warm and sunny day after another week of much low cloud and rain.    

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