Previous Sightings

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  • 16th Jul 2011
    Kent
    AJM
    Aeshna mixta - St Margaret's at Cliffe Kent

    Aeshna mixta - St Margaret's at Cliffe Kent. I was surprised to find a Migrant Hawker in my actinic Moth trap this morning (very few moths though!). Pictue Here

  • 15th Jul 2011
    Cambs
    MR
    (prob) Norfolk Hawker still : Paxton Pits (Hayling Lake)

    (prob) Norfolk Hawker still : Paxton Pits (Hayling Lake) 

  • 15th Jul 2011
    Warwickshire
    PJR
    Lesser Emperor sighted in Warwickshire

    Mike Inskip found a male Lesser Emperor on 15 July near Morton Bagot. The first county record for this increasingly frequent vagrant in the UK.

  • 15th Jul 2011
    Norfolk
    WC
    Banded Demoiselle-male

    Banded Demoiselle-male. Saw this beautiful dragonfly flutterring in my garden in Norwich,Norfolk, on friday 15th july (only just looked it up and found it on your website) He was beautiful, landed on my hand and so I managed to get a good look at him,it was so unusual how his wings looked when he flew, almost like a helicopter!

  • 14th Jul 2011
    Suffolk
    TJG
    bad year so far

    Bad year so far due to grass carp eating all the pond weed and some marginals also poor weather, fewer sightings this summer but despite this a list is building up : large red have gone now, common, azure and blue tailed in small numbers, one pair of banded demoiselles, a few emperor, odd fourspotted, odd pair of black tailed skimmer, a brown hawker a few male and female broad bodied chasers earlier and the first common darter of the year 12th july. Fingers crossed that i can extricate the grass carp to regenerate the weed for next year here in Thurston Suffolk.

  • 14th Jul 2011
    Surrey
    SJD
    First Migrant Hawkers of the year

    A quick visit to Hampton Wick pond in Home Park produced my first Migrant Hawkers of the year. Both were obviously newly emerged. What was more of a surprise was seeing an Emerald Damselfly at the western end of the pond - the first time ever I have seen this species at this location (and maybe the first time it has been recorded here). Hopefully it wont be the last.

  • 14th Jul 2011
    Staffordshire
    SN
    1 male Lesser Emperor at Belvide Reservoir,

    The male Lesser Emperor was viewed off the west lane this afternoon, at times fighting with a male Emperor. This is the first sighting at Belvide since 3 were present in 2006. Also 1 Red-veined Darter was still present, also at the west end.

  • 14th Jul 2011
    Hampshire
    PDW
    Latchmore Brook

     15 species in fine but slightly windy weather at the Latchmore Brook today including Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly 6 (5m,1f), Southern Damselfly 38, Small Red Damselflies and 180 Keeled Skimmers (I expect that count could be multiplied by 10!). There was a supporting cast of Beautiful Demoiselle, Emerald Damselfly, Azure Damselfly, Large Red Damselfly, Brown Hawker, Southern Hawker, Emperor Dragonfly, Golden-ringed Dragonfly 9, Four-spotted Chaser, Broad-bodied Chaser and Common Darter

  • 14th Jul 2011
    Cumbria
    MF
    Foulshaw main pool

    Foulshaw main pool. In warm sunshine huge numbers of Emerald Damselflies were flying at the 'bench' pool along with Azures and Common Blues. There were also good numbers of Black Darters, a few Four-spotted Chasers, and an Emperor.

  • 14th Jul 2011
    Devon
    LS
    Sightings at Aylesbeare Common Devon

    4 Emperor, 1 male 3 male Keeled Skimmers seveal Common Darters and an Emerald Damselfly (all photographed) on Aylsbeare common

  • 12th Jul 2011
    Norfolk
    JM
    Migrant Hawker

    Just been watching my first male Migrant Hawker this year, at least two weeks earlier than last july.   R.Yare, Cringleford. 

  • 12th Jul 2011
    Gwynedd and Conwy
    MF
    Small Red Damselflies in Gwynedd

    The margin of a small lake near Penrhyndeudraeth had many Small Red Damselflies flying today in weak sunlight. Large Red Damselflies were in reduced numbers compared to a month ago. Flying also were Common Blue, Blue-tailed, and Emerald Damselflies. A pool near Llanrwst (Conwy) had many Black Darters as well as abundant Common Blue and Emerald Damselflies.

  • 11th Jul 2011
    Norfolk
    NLC
    Marston Marsh, Norwich

    Marston Marsh, Norwich. An early-ish morning visit resulted in about 20 teneral Common Darters being disturbed, and their exuviae being duly collected, although only 1 mature seen during the day. Good numbers of Azure Damselfly  were present with evidence of ovipositing. A single egg-laying female Emperor Dragonfly, along with up to 6 males, were also seen.  2 Brown Hawker (Exuvia found) and 2 or 3 Norfolk Hawker patrolled the crystal clear dykes inhabited by numerous Pike. Singles each of Black-tailed Skimmer and Common Blue Damselfly with a few Blue-tailed Damselflies sat long enough to be recorded on camera. The River Yare provided good numbers of Banded Demoiselle with immatures showing well.

  • 11th Jul 2011
    Berkshire
    JWS
    Brilliant Emerald

    Yesterday morning (11 July) I visited three sites – Upper Star Post Pond, Forest Pond and Gormoor - in Swinley Forest. Had to be patient with the weather – sunny intervals between long cloudy periods.  Although dragonfly numbers seemed to be generally down, it was pleasing to find Brilliant Emerald present at all three sites. There were three Small Red Damselfly at Gormoor; otherwise little of note.

  • 10th Jul 2011
    Lincolnshire
    NT
    Lincolnshire

    Red-veined darters seen ovipositing on the Mere at Gibraltar Point NNR today. Probably five individuals in total. Red-veined darter had been seen on 3rd July at this site. Also azure, common blue, blue-tailed and small red-eyed damselflies. Emperor, four-spotted chaser and black-tailed skimmers as well.

  • 10th Jul 2011
    Shropshire
    RA
    Emperor Male - Shropshire

    Bulky green Emperor Male sighted in garden in Meole Village, Shrewsbury. We have a pond as do some neighbours - very exciting!

  • 10th Jul 2011
    Shropshire
    JT
    White-Faced Darters at Whixall Moss NNR.,Shropshire.

    Between heavy showers at Whixall Moss NNR.,Shropshire we noted four White-Faced Darters in the 2 hours we were there. Also noted were a single Emerald Damselfly, two Common Blue Damselflies and several teneral Black Darters. Six Large Heath butterflies were also flying in the weak sunshine. 

  • 10th Jul 2011
    Cumbria
    JWH
    White Faced Darter

    Scaleby Moss - At least 5 White Faced Darters were seen including a pair mating.  At least 10 4 Spot Chasers.  5 Black Darters seen also.

  • 9th Jul 2011
    Cumbria
    MF
    Foulshaw Moss, Cumbria

    Foulshaw Moss, Cumbria. Black Darters and Emerald Damselflies were now starting to emerge here, the former mostly immature males. Emerald (Lestes) males were very numerous and Four-spotted Chasers were flying in reduced numbers.  Two male Emperors and one ovipositing female were seen. Azure Damselflies were very common as well as Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damselflies. Photos taken here today are at http://michaelfoleysnaturalhistorysite.blogspot.com/

  • 6th Jul 2011
    W. Yorks
    PJH
    The first of this year's Southern Hawkers are starting to emerge from a local garden pond in East Keswick, W. Yorks. Last year 56+ were counted.

    The first of this year's Southern Hawkers are starting to emerge from a local garden pond in East Keswick, W. Yorks. Last year 56+ were counted.

  • 5th Jul 2011
    Essex
    NDP
    Scarce emerald, ruddy darter and BB chaser in Wat Tyler CP

    Scarce emerald, ruddy darter and BB chaser in Wat Tyler CP . 2 male scarce emerald seen near one of the breeding ponds.  A few teneral ruddy darters and one mature male.  2 immature black tailed skimmers along the seawall and a male broad bodied chaser in good condition along the boardwalk

  • 4th Jul 2011
    N Lancashire/South Cumbria
    SJB
    North Lancashire/South Cumbria sightings

    Many Emerald Damselflies, Common Blues and Azures with Emperors and Four Spotted Chasers on the pond at Barkbooth Lot, South Cumbria.  Also A Golden Ringed Dragonfly on Arndale Beck S. Cumbria alongside Beautiful Demoiselles Banded Demoiselles on the River Keer, N Lancs.  Many female Common Darters in the vegetation beside the river.  A Common Hawker Dragonfly at Meathop Moss, S. Cumbria flying in the hot sun with huge numbers of Large Heath butterflies.

  • 4th Jul 2011
    Staffordshire
    SN
    4 Red-veined Darter at Belvide Reservoir

    4 Red-veined Darter at Belvide Reservoir. Showing on the south shore infront of the West End Hide this afternoon. Are these the first to be recorded in Britain this year, as I see no mention in the recent sightings.

  • 4th Jul 2011
    Conwy
    MF
    An upland lake near Llanrwst, Conwy

    An upland lake near Llanrwst, Conwy. At this small lake seven species of Odonata were flying: Keeled Skimmers, Black Darters and five species of damselfly: Common Blue, Azure, Blue-tailed, Large Red, and Emerald Damselflies, the last in large numbers. There was no sign of any Scarce Blue-taileds which were seen here three weeks previously.

  • 4th Jul 2011
    Norfolk
    DJW
    Norfolk

    At Marston Marshes along River Yare, Norwich - 7 Emperors, 2 Norfolk Hawker, a Brown Hawker, 3 Black-tailed Skimmer, 6 Four-spots, ca. 20 Common Blue Damsels, ca. 20 Blue-tailed, and a few Azures all along the recently restored dyke network with numerous Banded Dems along the river. With Hairy Dragonfly and Broad-bodied chaser also found in May, seems a very promising site. Amazing water clarity in the dykes. 

  • 3rd Jul 2011
    Suffolk
    JPH
    Sightings in north Suffolk

    Seen at Marsh Farm LNR Wenhaston this am - Anax imperator (2 males holding territories, two females ovipositing), C. puella, P. nymphula, Agrion splendens (males holding territories), O. cancellatum, Sympetrum sanguineum (1 male). Have seen A. isosceles , A. cyanea, S. striolatum in past - have probably missed others..Site managed by Suffolk W.T. created from valley meadows in recent years by excavating dykes.  

  • 3rd Jul 2011
    Suffolk
    DN
    Sevral Red Eyed Damselflys and one Norfolk Hawker,one Emperor Dragonfly and a female ovipositing

    Several Red Eyed Damselflys and one Norfolk Hawker, one Emperor Dragonfly and a female ovipositing

  • 3rd Jul 2011
    Suffolk
    JPH
    More Suffolk sightings

    Sizewell Belts LNR - many dykes overgrown but clear ones had Lestes sponsa and in particular two Aeshna isosceles - one female ovipositing in stems of rush (Juncus) and Sweet Reed grass - not a water soldier in sight. 

  • 3rd Jul 2011
    SUFFOLK
    TC
    Willow Emerald Damselflies emerging.

    Willow Emerald Damselflies, Lestes viridis were emerging today from Alton Water, near Lemon Hill car park, north, Tatingstone Suffolk. Counted at least 15, but interestingly they all appeared to be females. Photos taken & on my flickr. Hundreds of Ruddy Darters were also emerging with exuviae & fresh tenerals everywhere on the irises.

  • 3rd Jul 2011
    Cambridgeshire
    JAW
    Hairy dragonfly

    Hairy dragonfly found on kitchen window sill in Ely at 22.30 on 3rd july

  • 3rd Jul 2011
    Norfolk
    PAC
    Golden Ringed Dragonfly at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve

    Golden Ringed Dragonfly at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve. See full account here: http://pennyshotbirdingandlife.blogspot.com/2011/07/att-sculthorpe-saw-m...

  • 3rd Jul 2011
    Ceredigion
    EAS
    small reds and black darters on cors caron

    Nearly mature small red damselflies seen adjacent to main boardwalk on Cors Caron,nr Tregaron Ceredigion.  Black darters in abundance at the same location.

  • 2nd Jul 2011
    Kent
    MAH
    Southern Emerald Damselfly at Cliffe

    Southern Emerald Damselfly at Cliffe. At least 10 Southern Emerald Damselflys, 6M and 4F at the usual site, on righthand side of track, north of the metal gate. Also Scarce Emeralds, Blue Tails, Common Blues, Quads and c.100 teneral Ruddy Darters.

  • 2nd Jul 2011
    Norfolk
    DJW
    Norfolk

    Buxton Heath -13 Keeled Skimmers counted along stream including 2 ovipositing females, especially in the areas opened up by the recently introduced ponies, one Broad-bodied and 4-5 Four-spotted Chasers around the pools with Emperor and Black-tailed Skimmer also briefly seen. Damsels included Blue-tailed, Azure and Large Red. At nearby Swannington Upgate Common  - 7 Emperors 3 around ponds and others hawking over the fen, at least 70 pairs of Azure Damsels ovipositing at ponds, and 15 or so Banded Demoiselles in the clearings along the beck.

  • 2nd Jul 2011
    Northants
    BH
    Lyveden New Bield (National Trust) Nr Oundle

    Lyveden New Bield (National Trust) Nr Oundle. Family visit to a new National Trust site for us produced a range of odonata species comprising 6 Emperors, 2 brown hawkers, 5 four-spotted chasers, 2 black-tailed skimmers, 4 red-eyed damselflies and hundreds of common blue and blue-tailed damselflies

  • 2nd Jul 2011
    Cumbria
    MF
    White-faced Darters in Cumbria

    In intermittent sunshine at a well-known site in north Cumbria at least 12 male White-faced Darters plus a tandem pair were flying today. Also seen were many Four-spotted Chasers, an Emperor, as well as five species of Damselfly: Azure, Common Blue, Blue-tailed, Large Red and Emerald. Photos at http://michaelfoleysnaturalhistorysite.blogspot.com/

  • 2nd Jul 2011
    Kent
    TC
    Southern Emerald Damselfly at Cliffe, Kent.

    Had the day in Kent specifically to see the Dainty Damselfly at Isle of Sheppey, a first for me. Have been searching for it extensively the past two seasons at Hadleigh without luck so was pleased to see four males at Sheppey. Stopped at Cliffe on way home, but think i didn't go to the reported site. Found two female Southern Emerald Damselflies, Lestes barbarus in long grass along a un-made lane that runs parallel with a ditch in field alonside. R 83, Restricted byway, Rye street, near Rye Farm.

  • 1st Jul 2011
    ESSEX
    TC
    Mass emergence of Common Darters ( Sympetrum striolatum) Hadleigh CP Essex

    Mass emergence of Common Darters. Hadleigh CP, Essex. Good numbers of Common Darter, Sympetrum striolatum were making there first flights as i surveyed the many ditches & ponds at Hadleigh CP today. Comes nealy a month after i observed my first Ruddy Darters here, which there were good numbers of also today. Scarce Emerald damselflies were also present today, but not in any great numbers.

  • 30th Jun 2011
    Surrey
    Thursley SSSI

    Thursley SSSI. Downy Emerald, Keeled Skimmers, Black-Tailed Skimmers, 4-Spotted Chasers, several Emporers including 4 females ovipositing, Common and Azure Blue Damselflies, a few Emerald Damselflies, several male and lots of teneral Black Darters

  • 30th Jun 2011
    Norfolk
    NLC
    1st visit to Eaton Common near Norwich

    1st visit to Eaton Common near Norwich. Male Emperor patrolling small pool with Azures ovipositing nearby. A couple of male and female Banded Demoiselles were resting on emerging vegetation. As was one female (typica) Blue-tailed. Closeby, on the River Yare, upstream of a sluice, there were about 50 more Banded Demoiselles, some of which were coupling. A few Common Blues were skimming the lily pads, with 1 Red-eye resting on a leaf. Over the footpath, a male Emporer decided to have an ariel battle with a Brown Hawker. Neither appeared to be victorious. 

  • 30th Jun 2011
    Kent
    DF
    Dainty Damselflies + Southern Emerald Damselflies still in North Kent

    Dainty Damselflies + Southern Emerald Damselflies still in North Kent. At least two Dainty Damselflies were seen today on the Isle of Sheppey at the public site by the A249 bridge.  A few miles to the west, there were at least 10 Southern Emerald Damselflies at Cliffe Marshes RSPB, in scrub on west side of the track, c100yds north of the 2nd viewing mound, near the metal gate.

  • 30th Jun 2011
    Ceredigion
    AKC
    Numerous Small Red Damselflies, Emerald Damselflies and 2 teneral Black Darters at Cors Fochno, Borth, Aberystwyth.

    Numerous Small Red Damselflies, Emerald Damselflies and 2 teneral Black Darters at Cors Fochno, Borth, Aberystwyth. 

  • 30th Jun 2011
    Oxfordshire
    MF
    Southern Damselfly

    In the fen area at Dry Sandford Pit, four male Southern Damselflies, a tandem pair and a probable teneral were seen in warm but rather overcast conditions.

  • 30th Jun 2011
    North Yorkshire
    MAE
    Cordulegaster Boltonii in the grounds of White Scar Cave, near Ingleton, North Yorkshire. Thursday June 30th. 2011.

    Cordulegaster Boltonii in the grounds of White Scar Cave, near Ingleton, North Yorkshire. Perched on a dry plant for a while, flew off briefly and returned. Repeated several times. then I had to go on the Cave tour (very good!) and it had gone when I came out.

  • 29th Jun 2011
    North Yorkshire
    JB
    Harwood Dale Forest 2 male and 1 female Goldrings 2 male Emperor 3 male 2 female Broad bodied Chasers 1 Female ovipositing.2 male 1 female 4 spotted chasers 1 female ovipositing.

    Harwood Dale Forest 2 male and 1 female Goldrings 2 male Emperor 3 male 2 female Broad bodied Chasers 1 Female ovipositing. 2 male 1 female 4 spotted chasers 1 female ovipositing. The warm weather this week has increased the number of Dragonflies appearing this is the second year in a row the goldrings, broad bodied chasers and the Emperors have appeared as yet i have not seen a female Emperor but all the other species seem to be breeding in the new pond that the forestry dug 5 years ago. There have also been numerous red blue and emerald damselflys emerging.

  • 29th Jun 2011
    Essex
    NDP
    Southern Migrant Hawker Dragonfly, ruddy darters and scarce emeralds at Wat Tyler Country Park,

    1 Southern Migrant Hawker dragonfly (female) found at 9am sunbathing on at hawthorn scrub edge.  5+ immature Ruddy Darters scattered around park.  A male and female Scarce Emerald Damselfly seen on first pond on entrance road.  Photos here: http://my.opera.com/Ukwildlife/blog/southern-migrant-hawker-dragonfly-sc...

  • 28th Jun 2011
    Cumbria
    MF
    Foulshaw Moss

    Foulshaw Moss. A hot sunny morning had a very large number of Four-spotted Chasers flying. Also two Emperors as well as many Common Blue, Azure, and Blue-tailed Damselflies; also one Emerald Damselfly. No sightings of the recently introduced White-faced Darters although two were reported here yesterday (the 27th).

  • 28th Jun 2011
    Kent
    JCL
    Southern Emerald Damselflies, north Kent marshes

    Southern Emerald Damselflies, north Kent marshes. Thanks to a heads-up from a Odonthead mate, I had five Southern Emerald Damsels (two male, three female) today at Cliffe RSPB - in the same basic area as last year. From the second viewing mound on the 'main' road leading from Pond Hill, take the stony track north, flanked on each side by a sparse hedge. There was a female in the first E-W ditch N of the road (ie last year's most visited site), but also four along the stony track itself - at the base of brambles to the W of the track, 20m S of the ditch. Photos on website.  Bumping into the RSPB wardens, they said they hadn't heard that SED had been seen again at Cliffe this year... but said they have been seen this year at Northward Hill RSPB, a few miles east. The Isle of Grain abounds with apparently suitable habitat - so colonization seems a shoe-in. 

  • 28th Jun 2011
    North Lancs/South Cumbria
    SJB
    North Lancashire/South Cumbria sightings

    North Lancashire/South Cumbria sightings.  Several Brown Hawker Dragonflies flying among the trees near Haweswater Lake, Silverdale N Lancs.  Also three Common Hawkers flying in the sunny glades at Roudsea Wood NNR, South Cumbria 

  • 28th Jun 2011
    Devon
    LS
    Goldring and Black Tailed Skimmer (female) at Dawlish Warren NNR, Devon

    Photographed Goldring (also dining on a wasp !)and female BlackTailed Skimmer on Dunes oath at Dawlish warren NNR, Devon, Also 2 Emperors on the wing in the reserve interior. Later buzzed by another Goldring in Exmouth Town Centr !,

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