Previous Sightings

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  • 19th Aug 2011
    Surrey
    KIT
    Thursley Common

    Thursley Common. 3-4 Emerald Damselflies, Black Darters (many), Pair Large Red Damselfly (in tandem), 6 Small Red Damselflies, Few Common Blue Damselflies, female Emperor (ovipositing), c10 Keeled Skimmers, Several Common Darters, Many Black Darters

  • 15th Aug 2011
    North Lancs/South Cumbria
    SJB
    North Lancs/South Cumbria

    Walking through Gait Barrows NNR (N Lancs/ S Cumbria border ) in the sunshine saw 7 Migrant Hawkers, 3 Brown Hawkers, 2 Southern Hawkers.  Also several Blue tailed, one Emerald and 9 Common Darters.  At Bank House Pond,  Silverdale (N Lancs) 2 Southern and 1 Migrant Hawker.

  • 14th Aug 2011
    Cornwall
    CAM
    Windmill CWTR, Lizard

    Windmill CWTR, Lizard. After another poor week of weather, a sunny day with fresh wind. 1 male Lesser Emperor showing well all day and approaching the ovipositing female Emperors. 6 Red-veined Darters. Emperors, Common Darters, Black-tailed Skimmers, Common Blue, Blue-tailed and Emerald Damselflies many in number. 1 male Common Hawker , 1 Migrant Hawker, failed emergent (non expanded wings). 1 Southern Hawker female ovipositing briefly.

  • 14th Aug 2011
    Somerset
    CI
    Small Red-eyed Damselfly

    Small Red-eyed Damselfly. An almost certainly belated first record for VC5 - at least 10 individuals found on a large pond on agricultural land near Tintinhull, along with an abundance of Common Blue Damselfly.  The SREDs looked tiny compared with the Common Blues.

  • 14th Aug 2011
    Nairn County, Highland Region, Scotland.
    DB
    Souther Hawker in garden.

    The first time I have seen a Southern Hawker in my garden. It was resting on my garden fence for about half an hour and I managed to get a nice photograph.

  • 13th Aug 2011
    Gwent/Monmouthshire
    WRJ
    Amazing Black Darter Roost!

    Amazing Black Darter Roost! I've never seen more Black Darter together in what can only be considered a major roost on a small moorland pool on the Heads of the Valleys near Ebbw Vale, South Wales. I was made aware of this on the 10th of August by a fellow dragonfly enthusiast and friend Gary Howells who had counted over 300 on his initial visit, we decided to re-affirm the numbers and counted similar numbers two days later, indeed our count probably missed many insects in the lower vegetation and surrounding pool herbage. Considering the pool is little more than 40 feet long by 15 feet wide we both agreed this could be exceptional for this area, which sadly is under increased pressure for industrial development.

  • 13th Aug 2011
    Wales
    PC
    Banded Demoiselle Male

    Banded Demoiselle Male today 13/08/2011 on River Severn A483 north of Welshpool photo taken by my daughter using lumix can be seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/65074635@N03/

  • 11th Aug 2011
    Suffolk
    BS
    Trio of Hawker sp, Holywells Park, Ipswich

    Trio of Hawker sp, Holywells Park, Ipswich. At least 3 male Migrant Hawkers seen late afternoon today along with both male and female Southern Hawkers along the canal path and meadows. Two Brown Hawkers were present on the Canal Pond including a female ovipositing into a floating log.

  • 9th Aug 2011
    Perthshire
    br
    Southern Hawker, Aeshna cyanea; cutting across wet stoney trackway. 1st sighting on Strathallan Estate

    Southern Hawker, Aeshna cyanea; cutting across wet stoney trackway. 1st sighting on Strathallan Estate. Area of established broadleaved and conifer plantations bisected by ancient gravel tracks and many ditches and dykes (deep ditches). Area called 'wetlands' - due to profuse Springs. The dragonfly flew alongside me, then cut across me and landed briefly on broom. Then flew off. Verified by PH Kirkland, Butterfly Conservation, Scotland (Husband)

  • 9th Aug 2011
    Gloucestershire
    Numerous Small Red-eyed Damsels ovipositing at The Mythe near Tewkesbury

    After a cloudy morning, and as the weather turned sunny and warm, we decided to check on the numbers of Small Red-eyes at The Mythe Fishing lake, near Tewkesbury. After arriving about 3pm we were amazed to see 50+ pairs of Small Red-eyes ovipositing frantically in slightly submerged, and not very dense, blanket weed, in a small sunny area of the lake not far from the water's edge. There were also single males present, including some on the vegetation by the path, giving us excellent photo opportunities!A few Red-eyed Damsels were also present, as well as Blue-tails, Common Blues and Azures, a Common Darter landed on my hat, and a male Brown Hawker was patrolling close by.  Also in the area was a Migrant Hawker, two Ruddy Darters and several Banded Demoiselles.

  • 7th Aug 2011
    Essex
    NDP
    Southern Migrant Hawker on Benfleet Downs/Hadleigh CP

    Southern Migrant Hawker on Benfleet Downs/Hadleigh CP. 1 male southern migrant hawker glimpsed as it flew towards my face before shooting over the hawthorn bushes on the path from Benfleet station to the pond/ditch area.  Also 2 migrant hawkers females also on the wing, 3 ruddy darters including a pair in a mating wheel and 1 blue tailed damselfly.  All between 11.30 and 12.30 when heavy rain ended any cahnce of seening any more!

  • 6th Aug 2011
    Norfolk
    IJW
    Black Darter

    One Black Darter seen at Dersingham Bog in Norfolk. Early morning, could have been another on a high hedge but not sure. Photos taken.

  • 6th Aug 2011
    Cambs
    PJ
    Southern Hawker

    Southern Hawker seen near garden pond in Coton near Cambridge. Flew for a couple of minutes then settled motionless on pine tree for half an hour.

  • 3rd Aug 2011
    Leicestershire
    LE
    Grantham Canal between Redmile and Dove Cottage, Stathern.

    Grantham Canal between Redmile and Dove Cottage, Stathern. 11 species flying today in lovely warm weather - 20 Brown Hawkers, 3 Migrant Hawkers, 1 Emperor, 6 Ruddy Darters, 9 Common Darters, 1 Banded Demoiselle, 1 Emerald Damselfly, 5 Blue-tailed damselflies, 50+ Common Blue damselflies (many pairs in cop and ovipositing), 7 Azure damselflies,(4 in cop), 5 Variable damselflies(4 in cop). What a great day! We had been looking for the Emerald damselfly for two summers, and found it about 40 centimetres in front of me - I had to back off to get a photo!

  • 3rd Aug 2011
    Hampshire
    PDW
    Lesser Emperor at Blashford Lakes

    Lesser Emperor still this afternoon on Ellingham Pound at Blashford Lakes. After a couple of brief appearances it showed well, patrolling the southern shore between 13:30 and 14:15 and resting in dead rush towards the SW corner.

  • 3rd Aug 2011
    Lancashire
    MF
    Ruddy Darter

    A small sheltered pool near Silverdale today had a single male Ruddy Darter flying plus two Southern Hawkers and some Emerald Damselflies.

  • 1st Aug 2011
    Hampshire
    PDW
    Red-veined Darter Southampton Common

    At lunchtime there was a male Red-veined Darter skirmishing with a Black-tailed Skimmer on the model boating lake on Southampton Common. It occasionally landed just off the northern edge but soon dispersed by cyclists / dog-walkers etc. Also at least 10 Small Red-eyed Damselflies including 3 ovipositing pairs amongst the beer cans and other litter.

  • 1st Aug 2011
    Kent
    OL
    Lesser Emperor - Long Pits, Dungeness, Kent

    One Lesser Emperor seen at the south end of the bottom Long Pits, Dungeness prior to 9.00am. Up to 3 have been been seen on the two Long Pits over the last month - see Dungeness Bird Observatory website for up to date details.

    Also at least 12 Small Red Eyed damselflies on the green scum (south end of bottom Long Pit). Several Emperors (A.imperator), 2 Brown Hawker (A.grandis), 2 Migrant Hawker (A.mixta).

  • 1st Aug 2011
    Lincolnshire
    RG
    Messingham, N, Linclnshire

     Messingham, N, Lincolnshire. Brown Hawker landed on my finger!

  • 1st Aug 2011
    North Yorkshire
    JB
    Harwood Dale First Southern hawker and Black Darters sighted this week three pairs of darters in tandem ovipositing on the new pond and here is stll an Emperor and a male Broad bodied chaser there also.Three male Goldrings hawking up and down the track

    Harwood Dale. First Southern hawker and Black Darters sighted this week three pairs of darters in tandem ovipositing on the new pond and here is stll an Emperor and a male Broad bodied chaser there also. Three male Goldrings hawking up and down the track 

  • 1st Aug 2011
    Kent
    DP
    Aeshna affinis (Southern Migrant Hawker) Female

    A Female Southern Migrant Hawker Aeshna affinis found on the Kent Marshes at about 18:00 on the 1st August 2011. Photo can be seen on http://www.flickr.com/photos/rezamink/5999018765/in/photostream

  • 1st Aug 2011
    Essex
    TC
    Aeshna affinis & Lestes vridis, Hadleigh CP, Essex.

    Two male Aeshna affinis, Southern Migrant Hawkers showing well in next ditch down from large pond going towards Hadleigh, one between 10.30 12.45 & two between 12.45 & 1.55pm. Wind got up & some cloud cover meant they didn't show again here. One possibly two were seen late afternoon feeding sunny side of Hawthorn trees out of the wind. Near to large pond & gate / fench. One male Lestes viridis, Willow Emerald found under willow tree, in rushes by pond enclosed with stiles into it. Late afternoon. Several Migrant Hawkers were about in sheltered spots as well as up to 20 Small Red-eyed Damselflies sitting in Hawthorn tree adjoining large pond

  • 1st Aug 2011
    Northumberland
    AMH
    Single male Banded Demoiselle sighted at edge of River Till between Crookham and Heatherslaw

    Single male Banded Demoiselle sighted at edge of River Till between Crookham and Heatherslaw. One male Banded Demoiselle seen at margin of River Till in north Northumberland. River slow-moving with sandy/muddy bottom and patches of marginal reeds. Two earlier sightings in late July in same place, both of a single male. This is the first time I have seen this species.

  • 31st Jul 2011
    Cumbria
    JMG
    golden ringed female ovipositing in River Gilpin LA8 8JN at 8.30am

    Golden ringed female ovipositing in River Gilpin LA8 8JN at 8.30am  

  • 31st Jul 2011
    Cambridgeshire
    RP
    Small Red-eyed Damselfly re-found in Cambs

    A very brief visit this afternoon to Horseway Lock on the Forty Foot river near Chatteris led to the rediscovery of the Small Red-eyed Damselfly here after a gap of at least two years. Two males were seen resting on the algal mats just before the lock gates; Red-eyed are also present in numbers. The drain here has good amounts of the waterweed hornwort. For anyone interested, the map reference is TL 436869.

  • 31st Jul 2011
    Devon
    DMM
    SOUTHERN EMERALD DAMSELFLY resting on marsh grass Bulworthy ponds North Devon.

    Southern Emerald Damselfly resting on marsh grass Bulworthy ponds North Devon. [NOTE: later perusal of supplied photo shows this observation to be mistaken. The damselfly seen was an Emerald Damselfly, Lestes sponsa.]

  • 31st Jul 2011
    Norfolk
    MS
    Black Darters

    Roydon Common, Norfolk. 15 - 20 Black Darters, including 4 mature males. By the pools in the bog. Also one old female Common Darter and a male Emperor. Apologies;  I had a closer look at the photos I took today and what I had seen, but paid little real attention to, turned out to be a female Keeled Skimmer! Pam Taylor has confirmed the ID.

  • 31st Jul 2011
    Norfolk
    JG
    Southern Hawker Norfolk

    A male Southern Hawker flew into my studio  in West Dereham at about 20.30 on July 31st. Not being a dragonfly expert I emailed the photo to the BDS who kindly confirmed the identification.

  • 31st Jul 2011
    Lincolnshire
    BH
    Gibraltar Point NNR

    Gibraltar Point NNR. Circuit around reserve in very hot conditions produced: 6 small red-eyed damselflies including ovipositing, 20 common blue damselflies, 20 common darters, 2 ruddy darters, 1 emperor. No sign of red-veined darters unfortunately.

  • 30th Jul 2011
    Essex
    NA
    Hadleigh Country Park

    Hadleigh Country Park. Male Aeshna affinis showing very well along ditch from pond where several where seen last year early afternoon. Patrolling low along ditch, frequently hovering + perched for a few minutes low on dead bush along ditch. Showed all features- plain greenish thorax side, blue eyes, conspicuous blue abdominal paired spots + when perched blue "T" on S2. No A. mixta seen at all at site. Looking like mini male Emperor in flight.

    Also 3 Emperor ( female ovipositing stalked by Marsh Frog, but evaded capture), Brown Hawker, 10 + Ruddy + several Common Darters, 4+ Scarce Emerald + small numbers Red-eyed, Small Red-eyed, Blue-tailed + Common blue Damsels

  • 30th Jul 2011
    South Gloucestershire
    LW
    Good numbers of Small Red-eyed Damselflies at Severn Beach

    Plenty of Small Red-eyed Damselflies at the small ponds inland from Severn Beach (Western Approach Rd., and Orchard Pool).

  • 30th Jul 2011
    Dorset
    DMM
    Moors valley Country park. Many Banded Demoiselle and a Willow Emerald in field near overflow car park, Emperor, Black Tailed Skimmers

    Moors valley Country park. Many Banded Demoiselle and a Willow Emerald in field near overflow car park, Emperor, Black Tailed Skimmers and a Brown Hawker patrolling the lake

  • 30th Jul 2011
    Cornwall
    ARP
    Male Lesser Emperor and 2 Red-veined Darters at Windmill Farm N.R., The Lizard

    Male Lesser Emperor and 2 Red-veined Darters at Windmill Farm N.R., The Lizard

  • 28th Jul 2011
    N Lancashire/S Cumbria
    SJB
    North Lancashire/South Cumbria sightings

    In hot sunshine at a small pool and mosses near Bigland S Cumbria were 4 Emperor Dragonflies flying over the pool, one female ovipositing.  Also at least 15 Black Darters 20+ Emeralds. Common Blues and 50+, probably many more, Keeled Skimmers.

  • 28th Jul 2011
    Surrey
    GJH
    Small Red-eyed Damselflies, Surrey

    I took a telescope and was able to observe a very large population of Small Red-eyed Damselflies at Bolder Mere, Surrey. Look for them on the floating green scum. I first found them here two years ago. They now outnumber najas many times.

  • 28th Jul 2011
    Bedfordshire
    SLG
    Southern Hawker

    We are located in Leighton Buzzard and had a Southern Hawker that became trapped in our conservatory today. As I'm not a follower of Dragonflies your website was most helpful in trying to identify it.

  • 28th Jul 2011
    Cambridgeshire
    RP
    Hairy Dragonfly, late sighting in Cambs

    Atlas work in a brief couple of hours of sushine on the 28th of July produced my latest ever record of Hairy Dragonfly. The male was watched for some time patrolling, and frequently interacting with a male Emperor. Many fen drains seem to have improved water quality now; also present were numerous Brown Hawkers, Four-spotted Chasers, Ruddy Darters, Common Blue, Blue-tailed, Emerald and Red-eyed Damsels. Interesting behaviour included a Ruddy Darter tandem apparently egg-laying in vegetation two feet from the water and a Brown Hawker persistently pursuing Reed Warblers!

  • 28th Jul 2011
    Norfolk
    DF
    Strumpshaw Fen RSPB

    A lunchtime visit to Strumpshaw RSPB in warm and sometimes sunny conditions in order to search for Willow Emeralds at the favoured spot of last  year.  Unfortunately none were found (and seemingly none have been reported there yet this year), but I did see a pair of Small Red-eyed damselflies "in cop" at the pond by the visitor centre, and a fairly late Norfolk Hawker along the fen trail, patrolling the dyke just west of the boardwalk for several minutes. A lone Migrant Hawker flew over, as did a Southern Hawker.  Otherwise plenty of Brown Hawkers, Azure and Blue-tailed Damselflies, Emerald Damselflies, Ruddy and Common Darters, and a single, female, Black-tailed Skimmer.

  • 27th Jul 2011
    Dumfries & Galloway
    GP
    Variety of dragonflies and damselflies enjoying the sunshine in Dalbeattie Forest

    Variety of dragonflies and damselflies enjoying the sunshine in Dalbeattie Forest. In an area of forest cleared last year, many drainage ditches full of mucky brackish water have become a haven for these little gems.  During 1 hour this afternoon the following were confirmed sightings:  2 x Gold Ringed Dragonflies, 2 x Common Hawker, Black Darters (20+), loads of Large Red, Common Blue and Emerald damselflies

  • 26th Jul 2011
    Cumbria
    MF
    Foulshaw Moss, Cumbria

    Foulshaw Moss, Cumbria. In ideal hot calm weather at one of the pools at Foulshaw, a single Common Hawker was seen passing through the stages of emergence together with a large number of Black Darters, Azure, and Emerald Damselflies, plus two Four-spotted Chasers and a single male Emperor.

  • 25th Jul 2011
    Hampshire
    SKW
    Lesser Emperor at Blashford Lakes, Hampshire

    Lesser Emperor at Blashford Lakes, Hampshire, On Ellingham Pound (southern and eastern shores) at 1400 at least.

  • 25th Jul 2011
    Suffolk
    BS
    Willow Emeralds, Holywells Park, Ipswich

    Three Willow Emerald Damselflies seen today in Holywells Park, Ipswich, Suffolk. Also, three Brown Hawkers on territories and Ruddy Darter.

  • 25th Jul 2011
    Gtr Manchester
    RM
    Brown Hawker female 25/07/2011 Manchester

    CRUMPSALL. A rather large  brown Dragonfly was flying in my front garden today coming and going several times chasing flys etc; came right up to the window..tried to get photo but was to fast...i will try again tomorrow if it comes back .I think it may be a female Brown Hawker .

  • 25th Jul 2011
    Dorset/Hampshire border
    KJP
    Lesser Emperor at Moors Valley Country Park

    Lesser Emperor at Moors Valley Country Park. A male Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope) was seen hawking along the northeastern side of Moors Lake between 12:30 and 13:00.

    Although some distance away the light was good and sighting through 10x binoculars showed the following features:

    The abdomen was mainly dark brown except for the first few segments which were a pale blue.

    The wings were a pale yellowish-brown in colour but not as dark as those of the Brown Hawker, which was also in the vicinity.

    The "jizz" was more like a hawker, with the abdomen held straight, unlike that of the Emperor, with a downward curve towards the tip.

  • 24th Jul 2011
    Lincolnshire
    BH
    Susworth Eau

    My annual circular walk along banks of Susworth Eau produced: 42 brown hawkers (probably the most I've ever seen at a site and many ovipositing), 2 emperors, 9 four-spotted chasers, 1 black-tailed skimmer, 5 ruddy darters, 3 common darters, 1 variable damselfly, 1000's common blue damselflies, 5 blue-tailed damselflies and 15 emerald damselflies.

  • 23rd Jul 2011
    N Lancs/S Cumbria
    SJB
    Sightings N Lancashire/South Cumbria

    A walk at Trowbarrow near Silverdale North Lancs today in warm sunshine saw 2 Common Darters, several Common Blues, 1 Broad Bodied Chaser and 6+ Southern Hawkers also 6+ Brown Hawkers.

  • 23rd Jul 2011
    Lancashire
    MF
    Brockholes Wetlands N R

    Brockholes Wetlands N R. In warm sunny weather there were many Common Darters flying, the majority of which appeared to be immatures; also frequent Brown Hawkers and Common Blue Damselflies. Just for once, a tireless male Emperor perched briefly for a photograph.

  • 21st Jul 2011
    Devon
    DMM
    Teneral Southern Hawker female flying and resting in sunny spots in wooded area westward Ho. emporers ,Four spotted chasers,broad body chasers,many Darters,Black tailed skimmers,and a male gold ring at farm ponds near Barnstaple

    Teneral  Southern Hawker female flying and resting in sunny spots in wooded area  westward Ho. Emperors, Four spotted chasers, Broad Body Chasers, many Darters, Black tailed skimmers and a male Gold ring at farm ponds near Barnstaple

  • 21st Jul 2011
    Suffolk
    PSC
    Large numbers of Common Emeralds, River Box, Thorrington Street

    Large numbers of Common Emeralds, River Box, Thorrington Street

  • 17th Jul 2011
    Cambs
    MR
    Migrant Hawkers; Many emerging today at Paxton Pits (Hayling Pit) . At least six taken by a single Black-headed Gull, skillfully hovering over the marsh plucking othem off vegetation. (No sign off the Norfolk Hawker)

    Migrant Hawkers; Many emerging today at Paxton Pits (Hayling Pit) . At least six taken by a single Black-headed Gull, skillfully hovering over the marsh plucking othem off vegetation. (No sign off the Norfolk Hawker)

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