Previous Sightings

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  • 21st Apr 2011
    Tyne and Wear
    RJG

    Large Red Damselfly observed at Havannah LNR, at rest about 200 yards from the nearest open water pond

  • 21st Apr 2011
    Somerset
    BU

    Today on Shapwick NNR, Somerset: Hairy Dragonfly, Large Red Damselfly, Banded Demoiselle, Blue-tailed Damselfly. Huge emergence of damselflies today. About twenty Hobby observed over the reserve today.

  • 21st Apr 2011
    Powys
    KP

    Lots of Large Red Damselflies and one Four-spotted Chaser at Ynys-Hir RSPB Reserve, Powys. Most of the Large Red Damselflies were close to the visitor centre and clould be seen basking on a dry stone wall behind it, or in the wood close by. I saw at least 9 in total. The Four-spotted Chaser was seen from the new boardwalk. 

  • 21st Apr 2011
    West Sussex
    TCH

    Large red damselfly and Common Bluetail at Kneppmill Pond. TQ156211

  • 21st Apr 2011
    Gloucestershire.
    IT

    Emerging Four-spotted Chaser, with exuvia, and deceased male Downy Emerald caught in spider's web, in woodland pond, Forest of Dean. Visiting this woodland pond in the Forest of Dean, a deceased male Downy Emerald was found caught up in a spider's web. On first sight it appeared to be an emerging adult, but on closer inspection we discovered it's fate. We also found two exuviae. Also present was an emerging Four-spotted Chaser, with exuviae, and we subsequently found 4 more exuviae, Approx 20 Large Red damselflies were flying, mainly tenerals.

  • 21st Apr 2011
    Berkshire
    JWS

    A single teneral Banded Demoiselle was observed leaving the bank of the River Blackwater at Sandhurst. Also 2 teneral plus 12 mature Large Red Damsels, including an ovipositing pair, at Crowthorne Wood.

  • 20th Apr 2011
    Hampshire
    PDW

    The only dragonfly I saw at Crockford at lunchtime was a Hairy Dragonfly patrolling a pool within the wooded area - my earliest by 8 days.  There were also a couple of Blue-tailed Damselflies at Pennington - my earliest by 10 days.

  • 20th Apr 2011
    Berkshire
    CW

    Common Club-tails are emerging early from the Thames, with two emergents and an exuvia seen today around noon on the Thames-side Promenade in Caversham. A female looked nearly ready to fly, but a male had deformed wings and had managed to move just 15cm from the its exuvia. It's dark colouring suggests it might have emerged yesterday.

  • 20th Apr 2011
    Gloucestershire
    MJM

    Probable Four spot Chaser, 3 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 5 Azure Damselfly and 30 Large Red Damselflies at WWT Slimbridge. All in the 100 Acre/Green Lane-Prob 4 spot Chaser first of year, Blue-tailed Damselflies-first of year and Azure Damsels first of year. Large Red Damselflies seen from 18th April MJM

  • 20th Apr 2011
    Dorset
    MJG

    My first Broad-bodied Chaser of the year in my Christchurch garden at 13.15 today.

  • 20th Apr 2011
    Cambridgeshire
    ARF

    Large Red Damselfly, 10+ adult and teneral seen during a brief midday visit to Crown Lakes Farcet

  • 20th Apr 2011
    Worcestershire
    CWE

    3 teneral Large Red Damselflies and 8 exuviae found at the medieval fish pond, millenium green, Martley, Worcestershire

  • 20th Apr 2011
    Norfolk
    LS

    Single Pyrrhosoma nymphula seen in flight by the Broad at the University of East Anglia.

  • 20th Apr 2011
    Wiltshire [VC7]
    SJC

    Mass emergence of Common blue Damselflies plus a mature Blue-tailed Damselfly at Cotswold Water Park. Wiltshire.A late afternoon visit to the Cotswold Water Parks Wheatly Barn Farm area [with lots of shallow pools rather than a single deep lake] produced a mature Blue-tailed Damselfly male and countless Common Blue Damsels varying from very teneral to just emerged! Both are first sightings for Wiltshire this year.

  • 20th Apr 2011
    Essex
    DIA

    Hawker species, Mersea Island, Essex. A hawker-type dragonfly seen flying by briefly, at several metres distance.  Presumed to be a Hairy by the early date, and the size seemed consistent with that - I didn't see it well enough to observe any markings though.  It was near the Eastern tip of the Island on the Pyefleet Channel side around GR TM060158, flying along the dyke inland of the sea wall.

  • 19th Apr 2011
    Cumbria
    LS

    Teneral Large Red Damselfly on the wing nr. Bowness-on-Solway.

  • 19th Apr 2011
    Dorset
    ABi

    Four-spotted Chaser, pre-flight teneral with exuvia at a Broadstone garden pond

  • 19th Apr 2011
    Cambridgeshire

    c20 immature Variable Damselflies this morning on the Fen Drayton Lakes RSPB reserve 

  • 19th Apr 2011
    Dorset
    PR

    A nice, hot day today at Studland produced several Large Reds, about a dozen Blue-tails, 4 Hairy Dragonflies, a teneral female Downy Emerald and a Four-spotted Chaser. Images of the last two and a full summary will appear on my blog shortly

  • 19th Apr 2011
    Devon
    LS

    2 Large Red Damselfly seen on the wing at Stover Country park, Devon 18th April

  • 19th Apr 2011
    Gloucestershire.
    IT

    Both male and female Large Red Damselflies, but mainly female, 51 in total, while walking along Green Lane, Frampton. One male and one female Azure Damselfly on return along the lane. The lane is next to WWT Slimbridge, 100 acres.

  • 18th Apr 2011
    Breconshire VC42
    KN

    I found about six teneral Variable Damselflies in grass and brambles beside Llangorse Lake, Breconshire this afternoon, Monday 18 April 2011, and photographed two males and a female. I did not have time to search out more. This is about a month earlier than in previous years.

  • 18th Apr 2011
    Greater London (Surrey)
    GJH

    Single teneral Large Red flying around small urban wildlife pond (Whitehorse Meadows, London SE25) and eventually alighting on adjacent fence post

  • 17th Apr 2011
    Cambridgeshire
    CWE

    One mature male large red damselfly, six tenerals and seven exuviae found at Stanground Newt Pond, Peterborough.

  • 17th Apr 2011
    Hants/Surrey

    One adult male Azure Damselfly and one male Large Red Damselfly at Lakeside near Ash today.

  • 17th Apr 2011
    Suffolk
    JPH

     Teneral Large Red Damselfly seen and photographed at Church Farm marshes Wenhaston grid. 27456427. 

  • 17th Apr 2011
    Dorset
    IAK

    A recently emerged Downy emerald Dragonfly was seen resting in the top of a willow tree at DWT Higher Hyde Reserve. It then flew off.

  • 17th Apr 2011
    Mid-west Yorkshire
    PJH

    Large Red Damsel In sunlight on ground vegetation.Ox Close Wood 100m from River Wharfe near East Keswick, Wetherby, W. Yorks  

  • 17th Apr 2011
    Lancashire
    CPA

    5 teneral Large Red Damselflies today in Hurst Grange Park.

  • 17th Apr 2011
    Lincs
    PL

    Large Red Damselfly at Crowle Moor

  • 17th Apr 2011
    Devon

    2 Large Red Damselflies plus 12 Large Red exuvia on the boardwalk struts at Bystock Pools, near Exmouth.

  • 17th Apr 2011
    Middx
    NA

    Large Red Damselfly - mature male- Ten Acre Wood

  • 16th Apr 2011
    Leicestershire
    LE

    The first Large Red Damselfly of the year emerged from my garden pond in north Leicestershire this morning, 10 days earlier than last year. For those interested in the mass migration of Vagrant Emperors, my husband was in the Emirates from mid January to early March, and reported thousands and thousands of dragonflies which all appeared to be the same. A photograph showed them to be Vagrant Emperors, which were in the area from west of Abu Dhabi at the Saudi border, past Dubai, as far north as Ras Al Khaimah, and inland 100km into the desert. Although he has worked there at the same time for 9 years, he has never seen more than a very few dragonflies before. There was no available water for them there. 

  • 16th Apr 2011
    Cambridgeshire
    PF

    Large Red Damselfly at Hampton Nature Reserve/Orton Brickpits, Peterborough, Cambs

  • 16th Apr 2011
    Devon
    DS

    At Stover Country Park, 5 Broad-bodied Chasers emerged and flew this afternoon, despite almost no sunshine. Over 25 Large Red Damselflies also emerged. Re Vagrant Emperors: both Andy McGeeney and Paul Stanbury (Naturetrek) were in Spain last week and saw lots in the south and mid-west, respectively.

  • 16th Apr 2011
    Dorset
    GF

    Four species already on the wing at Studland today, with 3 Hairy Dragonflies, 8 Blue-tailed, 22 Common Blue and 30+ Large Red Damsels, photos available here - http://www.flickr.com/photos/61117641@N04/

  • 16th Apr 2011
    Suffolk
    AJP

    Still no reports of damselflies from Suffolk as yet, but to continue the Vagrant Emperor story, I've just heard of at least one seen on the Faroe Islands on 13 April. This is apparently their first confirmed dragonfly record!

  • 16th Apr 2011
    N E Lincolnshire
    DW

    Black-tailed Skimmer this afternoon at Rosper Road Pools NR, near Immingham Dock. This is without doubt my earliest record of this species in Lincolnshire.

  • 15th Apr 2011
    Norfolk
    JM

    Large Red Damselfly,Teneral, very little colour noted and seen only briefly flying away from the rivers edge. River Yare, Cringleford, Norwich

  • 15th Apr 2011
    Norfolk
    GA

    1 Teneral large red seen by rivers edge River Thet at Thetford Norfolk. In fact it flew weakly and had a slightly bent last third of its abdomen, It actually landed on me!

  • 15th Apr 2011
    Bucks

    First record Large Red at Blue Lagoon North Bucks 15 April a week earlier than the typical date Chris C 4 Large Red and exuvia, Blue Lagoon 16 April The WalkersFirst Banded Demoiselle, 20 April River Ouse Newport Pagnell Chris C    

  • 12th Apr 2011
    Glos.
    IT

    5 or 6 teneral Large Red Damselflies seen on vegetation along track between R. Severn and the fishing lakes at The Mythe, Tewkesbury, Glos. Two previously seen at the same site on 9th April (pers. comm.)

  • 12th Apr 2011
    Greater London
    SJD

    A few female large red damselflies seen/photographed along the northern edge of Richmond Park

  • 12th Apr 2011
    Middlesex v.c.21
    KWM

    1 Large Red Damselfly, Pyrrhosoma nymphula, basking on Comfrey, Symphytum sp., close to one of the ponds ('Square Pond') in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, London. Personal earliest-ever adult dragonfly sighting.

  • 12th Apr 2011
    Hampshire
    PR

    New Forest finally wakes up. After last week's sightings in Dorset I was looking forward to our first Large Reds in The New Forest. I visited 3 reliable ponds and Broomhill Pond provided the first offerings - over 30 teneral Large Reds among the heather. I'm assuming they were fresh this morning, although I did see one with almost mature clouring among the gorse. Photos will be posted on my site blog shortly.

  • 12th Apr 2011
    Warwickshire
    PJR

    Three Large Red Damselflies were spotted flying at the RSPB Middleton Lakes reserve by RonThomas and Maurice Arnold. This is the earliest flight record for the county.

  • 11th Apr 2011
    Essex
    RG

    Hadleigh Castle Country Park: 1 large red damselfly.  Earliest personal sighting by 13 days.

  • 11th Apr 2011
    Bedfordshire
    DA

    A Hairy Dragonfly was seen on the 11 April at Marston Vale CP, Bedfordshire and another photographed on the 15 April at Randalls Farm Environmental Centre. Earliest date from 2000 - 2010 was 28 April. 

  • 10th Apr 2011
    surrey
    SE

    Teneral Large Red Damselfly in garden, Reigate

  • 10th Apr 2011
    Somerset
    LMc

    After such glorious weather I decided to go and see if any Large Reds had emerged at Priddy Mineries - often they seem to be a bit later here.  I was rewarded with one individual taking it's maiden voyage as walked to the bottom of Waldegrave pond, then another three in pretty quick sucession (time was around midday) - all seemed to fly off to the woods over the road.  Which is where I saw and photographed the 5th individual at about 6pm after a rather sad afternoon where a massive fire burnt half the heathland round the pond.

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