Previous Sightings

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  • 23rd Jul 2012
    North Yorkshire
    JB
    Harwood Dale Forest 7 Four Spotted Chasers 1 male Emperor and numerous Blue Damsels at the big pond 2 Male Goldrings Hawking up the track Photographed one eating a bee.

    Harwood Dale Forest 7 Four Spotted Chasers 1 male Emperor and numerous Blue Damsels at the big pond 2 Male Goldrings Hawking up the track Photographed one eating a bee.

  • 23rd Jul 2012
    Suffolk
    WJB
    Willow Emerald Suffolk

    One Willow Emerald (male) seen at Candlet farm, Felixstowe a further four located same site 24/7/2012.

  • 23rd Jul 2012
    Devon
    DS
    21-23 July 2012: various Devon locations

    During my first site visits in Devon for over a month (on an FSC Dragonflies course), it became clear that the spring/summer weather has reduced numbers to some 10-20% of normal, at least in this area. It is the worst summer for dragonflies (and other insects) that I can recall in over 25 years. At Stover Country Park on the 21st, there were up to 100 individuals of 12 species, Azure Damselfly being the most numerous. 3 Southern Hawkers were seen emerging, but little else noteworthy. (Of interest, c40 Red-eyed Damselfies were counted a few weeks ago from the Ranger's boat.) Small numbers of 10 species were seen later at Chudleigh Knighton Heath, plus exuviae of Southern and Common Hawkers. Smallhanger on the 22nd held small numbers of the specialities - Scarce Blue-tailed and Small Red Damselflies - and although lots of Keeled Skimmer were emerging, there was no sign that Black Darters had yet. The direst situation was along the Exeter Canal at Countess Wear on 23rd, where only 2 Red-eyed and 1 White-legged Damselflies could be found, and no Banded Demoiselles at all. Bucking the trend a little, a couple of ditches at Exminster Marshes had late Hairy Dragonflies and a Golden-ringed Dragonfly (unusual here).

  • 22nd Jul 2012
    Gtr London (Essex)
    CRJ
    Bedfords Park LNR, North Romford. c100 Small Red-eyed Damselflies on lake and 6 Scarce Emerald Damselflies on Damselfly Pond + 8 other species in park

    Bedfords Park LNR, North Romford. Probably c100 Small Red-eyed Damselflies on the lake late afternoon including 28 ovipositing pairs. Some distant males remained unidentified though only a few Red-eyeds were seen. Also 2 Emperor Dragonfly (male & female), Black-tailed Skimmer, Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damselflies. At the Damselfly Pond 6 Scarce Emerald Damselflies (3m,3f) and 2 male Common Emeralds, plus Azure Damsels and a freshly emerged Southern Hawker.

  • 21st Jul 2012
    Essex
    PJR
    Single Brown Hawker and several Downy Emeralds seen today at Wake Valley Pond, Essex

    Single Brown Hawker and several Downy Emeralds seen today at Wake Valley Pond, Essex. Perhaps a sign of an unusual season, with Downy Emeralds still on the wing at the same time as a Brown Hawker. Also noted two Four-spotted Chasers and an Emperor Dragonfly.

  • 21st Jul 2012
    North Yorkshire
    JB
    Scarborough 2 Female 1 Male Southern Hawker emerged this week in a friends garden pond that's 11 this month in a pond about 8ft x 5ft.

    Scarborough 2 Female 1 Male Southern Hawker emerged this week in a friends garden pond that's 11 this month in a pond about 8ft x 5ft.

  • 21st Jul 2012
    Lancashire
    PJM
    Red-veined Darter

    Still at least one male Red-veined Darter at Middelton model boat pond, near Heysham this morning but weather unsuitable for the next three days at least.  Showing well on the spit, including resting on the swan loafing area.  c8 Black-tailed Skimmer and the first Emerald Damselfly I have noticed this year

  • 21st Jul 2012
    Gtr London (Essex)
    CRJ
    Dagnam Park LNR. 40 Small Red-eyed Damselflies, 5 Scarce Emerald and 4 other species of damsel. Brown Hawker, Emperor, Four-spotted Chaser, Common Darter, Ruddy Darter

    Dagnam Park LNR, Harold Hill near Romford. At least 40 Small Red-eyed Damselflies: 30+ on Perch Pond including tandem and ovipositing pairs, additionally 10+ at the Lily Pond (also Red-eyeds on this pond). Nearly all were fully mature and so had emerged a while before, even so this first date is my latest in over 10 years recording this species in TQ59 (a good run of June first dates since 2003 - earliest 9/6/2007). Also 5 Scarce Emerald Damselflies, 4 males and a female (photographed), plus Azure, Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damsels. A Brown Hawker, Emperor Dragonfly, several Four-spotted Chasers, 1 Common Darter and 3 Ruddy Darters all contributed to an enjoyable afternoon in the park in weather more like summer at last, lots of butterflies as well.

  • 21st Jul 2012
    Highland
    JA
    Northern Damselflies Abernethy Forest

    Mid afternoon visit in cool cloudy conditions I found at least six male Northern damselflies ( Coenagrion hastulatum ) plus one female at the pond next to the access road for RSPB Loch Garten. At least 50 Emerald Damselfly plus 2 Large-red Damselfly and one Four-spotted Chaser.

  • 21st Jul 2012
    Kent
    JCL
    Downy Emerald still on wing in Kent

    Shorne Woods CP, west Kent: 1 Downy Emerald still, 6+ Brown Hawker, 30+ Small Red-eyes, 10 Four-spot Chasers, 2 Ruddy Darter plus commoner Odonata

  • 21st Jul 2012
    Essex
    NDP
    Scarce emerald and ruddy darters at Hadleigh CP

    Had a trip to Hadleigh country park to follow up recent sightings of southern migrant hawker.  No sign of them, though a big 'reddish brown hawker type dragonfly' glipsed in distance by my friend (brown hawker?).  2 male scarce emeralds seen in the dykes and another 2 in the pond where willow emerald was spotted last year.  Dragonfly numbers were noticably low.  Only a couple of ruddy darters seen on top of the above.  A white letter hairstreak was spotted on brambles near gate to grazing marsh area (from benfleet station path)

  • 17th Jul 2012
    Isle of Wight
    PJH
    Clamerkin NT sightings.

    At Clamerkin NT pond near to Newtown, Isle of Wight today 20 Emerald Damselflies http://www.flickr.com/photos/odonatas/7591374404/in/photostream and 15 Common Darters.

  • 17th Jul 2012
    Essex
    NDP
    Downy Emeralds at Wake Valley Pond, Epping forest

    At least 2, possibly 3 downy emeralds patrolling two inlets on Wake Valley Pond in Epping forest.  Frequently chasered by the four spotted chasers in same area.

  • 15th Jul 2012
    Devon
    Small Red Damselflies and Downy Emerald

    Bystock Pools near Exmouth: 2 x Downy Emerald flying on main pond.  Also 18 Small Red Damselflies on small ponds.  Other sightings to note: southern hawker, golden ringed,keeled skimmer, azure, large red, blue tailed, emperor

  • 15th Jul 2012
    Norfolk
    GA
    Thompson Common Pingo Trail, Norfolk

    Visited Thompson Common Pingo Trail, Norfolk today. Not exactly a brilliant day for drangonfly watching with very dark clouds (but no rain) and it was quite windy. However I did actually see some Odonata on the odd occasion that the sun came out - 1 female Emperor, 1 Brown Hawker, 2 pairs of Common Darters, about 20 assorted Ruddy Darters, about 15 common Emerald damselflies and about 6 Scarce Emerald damselflies.

  • 15th Jul 2012
    Essex
    TC
    Migrant Hawkers (Probable affinis?) Hadleigh CP Essex

    Migrant Hawkers (Probable affinis?) Hadleigh CP Essex. Walking back up the Down from the marshes towards Hadleigh Country Park car park this afternoon, noticed two small Hawkers feeding on flies in sheltered corner under Oak trees.The sun had briefly come out from cloud & was warm. Thought at first they were Migrant Hawkers, size seemed right & they were larger than Hairy but noticed their side of thorax & part abdomen were a distinctive yellow/green with no obvious yellow thorax stripes. Top of abdomen brownish & eyes brownish. Watched them for around 5 minutes as they fed on flies prodominantly around head height. Hoping they were going to land to get photos, but unfortunately sun went in & they disappeared fairly high into the Oak trees. So were they probable teneral Southern Migrant Hawkers (A. affinis)? Too early for A.mixta?

  • 15th Jul 2012
    Norfolk
    DJW
    Norfolk

    Checked out some very recently re-instated dykes on marshes along the River Yare near Keswick. An all too brief sunny break in the clouds of about 20 minutes around mid-day revealed along a 50m section a male Norfolk Hawker, female Emperor, 5 Four-spotted Chaser, 6 imm Common Darter in the adjoining vegetation, 8 Banded Demoiselles, several Common Blue and Azure Damsels, and a single Blue-tailed Damsel.

  • 15th Jul 2012
    Gtr London (Essex)
    CRJ
    Bedfords Park LNR Sunday 15th July 1 Scarce Emerald Damselfly also Azure, Blue-tailed, Common Blue, Large Red. 1 Ruddy Darter and 1 Southern Hawker.

    Bedfords Park LNR, North Romford. 1 immature male Scarce Emerald Damselfly, abundant Azure Damselflies (Damselfly Pond), several Blue-tailed, Common Blue and a single Large Red. Also 1 immature Ruddy Darter and 1 Southern Hawker. By the time I got to the lake it was overcast, a bit breezy and cooler and no Red-eyed Damsels seen of either species.

  • 12th Jul 2012
    Nottinghamshire
    NW
    1 male Emperor and 4 Blue-tailed Damselfly on Langar Village Pond, Nottinghamshire

    1 male Emperor and 4 female Blue-tailed Damselfly, including 2 ovipositing, on Langar Village Pond. The pond was restored on its original site last autumn by the Langar Village Pond Trust. The restoration involved the excavation of part of the car park of The Unicorn's Head public house with final planting of marginals this spring. It is very exciting that dragonflies are already visiting the site.

  • 12th Jul 2012
    Norfolk
    GA
    Brown Hawker Thetford

    Whilst attending a wildflower workshop at the British Trust for Ornithology at Thetford, Norfolk, a Brown Hawker flew by. This was my first of the year.

  • 12th Jul 2012
    South Yorkshire
    CEG
    Golden-Ringed Hawker in Sheffield City Center

    Golden Ringed Hawker spotted flying around Cavendish Court in Sheffield. Right there in the city center. Landed on a building long enough for me to get a decent look at him. No idea what might of been around for him there, but it was a lovely sight none-the-less.

  • 12th Jul 2012
    Lancashire
    MF
    Red-veined Darter

    Warm and sunny, light breeze. A large pool near Heysham had (at least) one male Red-veined Darter (photo taken), Black-tailed Skimmer (3 males and 1 female), Common Darter (very frequent, including tenerals), Common Blue Damselfly (abundant) and Blue-taileds also frequent. A second Red-veined was reported by another observer.

  • 11th Jul 2012
    Norfolk
    JM
    Norfolk

    Roydon Common, near Kings Lynn. Found at least 30+ female Emerald Damselflies along with around 15 males. I'm certain there's more to be found though.Freshly emerged Ruddy and Common Darter seen flying up into the small trees next to the ponds. This is the old quarry site.Freshly emerged female Black Darter found on Dersingham Bog along with female Emerald Damselfly

  • 10th Jul 2012
    Merseyside
    PHS
    Red-veined Darters in Merseyside

    Two male Red-veined Darters were present at Seaforth Nature Reserve, north Merseyside on 8th and 9th July.

  • 10th Jul 2012
    Isle of Wight
    PJH
    Keeled Skimmers

    Six Keeled Skimmers on the landslip at Whale Chine, Isle of Wight http://www.flickr.com/photos/odonatas/7543695456/in/photostream

  • 10th Jul 2012
    Bedfoirdshire
    AB
    Red-veined Darter seen In Bedfordshire

    One male Red-veined Darter seen at Houghton Regis Quarry NR on the 10th July. Found by Andy Banthorpe and confirmed by County Recorder David Anderson.

  • 9th Jul 2012
    Isle of Wight
    PJH
    Sightings at Walters Copse,isle of Wight

    The following dragonflies found in woodland rides at Walters Copse NT, Isle of|Wight today. 1 Southern Hawker male, 1 Common Darter and 1 female Golden-ringed Dragonfly. http://www.flickr.com/photos/odonatas/7536358254/in/photostream 

  • 9th Jul 2012
    Lancashire
    PJM
    Red-veined Darter at Middleton north Lancashire

    Red-veined Darter at Middleton north Lancashire. First reported on Saturday, at least one, possibly two males on the model boat pond this afternoon.  This site has a prolonged breding history but has been very difficult to find in the last two years with just the one sighting last year.  Are they hanging in or are these migrants? 

  • 8th Jul 2012
    Greater London
    JCL
    Small Red-eyed Damselfly, London

    Small Red-eyed Damselfly 1 at Greenwich Ecology Park, London. First of the season here.

  • 8th Jul 2012
    Somerset
    DMM
    Westhay Moor Nature reserve,several Common Darters, Black tailed Skimmers,Emporers and Four Spot Chasers+2 Southern Hawker and 2 Brown Hawkers

    Westhay Moor Nature reserve, several Common Darters, Black tailed Skimmers, Emporers and Four Spot Chasers +2  Southern Hawker and 2 Brown Hawkers

  • 8th Jul 2012
    Cornwall
    CAM
    Lizard, Cornwall

    Lizard, Cornwall: Brays Cot/Gwendreath area: Shortlived sunshine becoming overcast,for once staying dry. High water levels, standing water on the heath not seen for years at this time of year. 3 male Emperor, 1 female. 1 female Broad-bodied Chaser came to oviposit but chased off by Emperor. 2 Four Spotted Chasers, 1 female Common Darter, 4 male, 1 female Keeled Skimmer, 1 female Golden Ringed, 1 male Black-tailed Skimmer, 1 female Beautiful Demoiselle, 1 imm. Small Red Damsel, 3 male Large Red Damsels, Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damsels present, 1 Emerald Damsel. Poor numbers for July.

  • 7th Jul 2012
    Norfolk
    CHM
    Keeled Skimmer

    Up to 5 male & 2+ female Keeled Skimmer at Holt Lowes in wet heathland. Also good no's of Black-tailed Skimmer around the first pond, plus sev 4 Spot Chaser & 1 smart Emperor.

  • 7th Jul 2012
    Norfolk
    CHM
    Keeled Skimmer

    5+ Keeled Skimmer on the damp heathland, plus several Black T Skimmer, 4 Spot Chaser all out showing well yesterday at Holt Country park

  • 7th Jul 2012
    Norfolk
    DB
    2 Emperors & 4 Common Darters emerge from garden pond. Also saw Brown Hawker+Blue tails, Norwich. http://www.davidboulton.co.uk/gallery_410877.html

    Garden pond, Norwich. At 05:20am I was delighted to see an Emperor dragonfly had emerged from our garden wildlife pond overnight! I had been checking the pond on warm evenings after sunrise looking for them as they usually emerge under the cover of darkness and fly off before sunrise! So I was very surprised to find this emergent Emperor in the early hours of daylight! It had emerged on Water-forget-me-not plants and at 05:55 the Emperor started flickering its wings and it took its maiden flight at 06:05am. There was also another Emperor exuvia a few inches away. It was good to see the largest dragonfly in the UK had emerged from the garden wildlife pond that was only installed in the Spring of 2011! Also noticed that 4 Common Darters emerged during the morning, plus also saw a Brown Hawker, 4 Blue tailed damselflies & 1 Azure damselfly. Photos: http://www.davidboulton.co.uk/gallery_410877.html

  • 6th Jul 2012
    Berkshire
    JWS
    Berkshire

    Yesterday (5 July) I visited Butter Bottom Ponds, Broadmoor (no public access) in the morning. The day started sunny, but by the time I parked up and walked to the site, it was completely overcast. I counted 7 species in all, including Downy Emerald, Emperor, Red-eyed Damselfly and White-legged Damselfly. This is the only known local breeding site for the latter species and though there were none over water, I flushed 24 from the grassy areas near the ponds, about half mature, including 2 mating pairs, and the remainder immature. After lunch I went to Crowthorne Wood, where I spent a couple of hours touring round the bog, the main ditch line and about 8 ponds, several of which have been created in recent years by contractors acting for the Forestry Commission. It was warm and sunny when I arrived, and what a difference that made. Inevitably cloud came along later, but overall I counted 12 species here, making a total of 15 for the day. I was greeted by a strong emergence of Common Darters; I counted about 50 tenerals or immatures.  There was a single teneral Black Darter amongst them. Later I came across 4 Emerald Damsels (2 mature, 2 teneral). These were my first records of these three species this year. Other significant sightings: at least 6 female Emperors ovipositing, plus 4 males; 4 Black-tailed Skimmers, including an ovipositing female on a new pond created by contractors earlier this year; 22 Small Red Damsels ( including matures, tenerals and a mating pair). Other species were: Four-spotted and Broad-bodied Chasers, and Large Red, Azure, Common Blue, and Blue-tailed Damsels. Overall, far and away the best day of the year so far. Today it looks as though we are back to the gloom and doom weather.

  • 6th Jul 2012
    Norfolk
    IG
    Norfolk Hawkers at Ludham

    Norfolk Hawkers at Ludham: We were out on Horsefen at Ludham 28th June Looking for Norfolk Hawkers, saw quite a number of indivduals, also mating pair and ovipositing female. Saw more individuals ot another location near Ludham Bridge, all in all a good day with some reasonable photos taken.

  • 6th Jul 2012
    Norfolk
    DB
    24 Common Darters emerged from garden wildlife pond, in the pouring rain! Norwich. http://www.davidboulton.co.uk/gallery_410877.html

    24 Common Darters emerged from garden wildlife pond, in the pouring rain! Norwich. It had rained heavily overnight and during the morning, but despite the persistent rain 24 Common Darters had emerged! Several had been effected by the constant rain, and when the weather improved in the afternoon some could not fly away because their wings had stuck together! I managed to help some of them by seperating their wings and they all managed to fly away!  

  • 5th Jul 2012
    Ross-shire
    MH
    Azure and other damselflies at Lily Loch, Muir of Ord

    Azure and other damselflies at Lily Loch, Muir of Ord:  Today while pond dipping as part of the summer activities over 20 Azure damselflies were seen including tenerals. Most were males with fewer females. A few common blues, blue tailed, large red and emerald damselflies where also spotted. It was only last year that Azures were first noticed as in the past were usually thoguht to be common blues until looked more closely.Also seen at other times have been southern hawker, four spotted chaser and black darter and it is likley that other common dragonflies also breed here.

  • 5th Jul 2012
    Norfolk
    GA
    Red veined darters Kelling Quags, Norfolk

    I paid a visit to Kelling Quags (water meadows) Norfolk to see the reported Red Veined Darters today. They were very easy to see and flew very close - often settling on grass, the path and or even on a cow pat! They disappeared when the sun went in. I saw at least 12 - 15 including an ovipositing pair. The best place to view from is the barbed wire fence overlooking the water on the seaward side of the Quags. Also present was a male Emperor, a female Broad Bodied Chaser, several Black Tailed Skimmers and several Common and Azure Blues.

  • 5th Jul 2012
    Cumbria
    MF
    Foulshaw Moss

    Foulshaw Moss: Hot and humid, intermittent sun but with a thunderstorm imminent: One patrolling male Emperor, Four-spotted Chasers frequent, plus very many Common Blue Damselflies. Also occasional Emerald and Large Red Damselflies.

  • 5th Jul 2012
    Norfolk
    DB
    14 Common Darters emerged from garden wildlife pond, plus Black tailed skimmer ovipositing. http://www.davidboulton.co.uk/gallery_410877.html

    At 6am found 14 Common Darters that had emerged from our garden wildlife pond, (they probably climbed out/started emerging about 4.30am), as they were all well developed, and all took flight between 8-10am. Also saw our first Black tailed skimmer at pond and it looked like it was ovipositing. Several Blue tailed damselflies also seen. Later in the day noticed a large Emperor larvae (about 45-50mm in size), so hopefully that will emerge soon! Photos: http://www.davidboulton.co.uk/gallery_410877.html

  • 5th Jul 2012
    North Yorkshire
    JB
    First Goldring of the year at Harwood Dale Forest a lone male hawking up the track to the large pond.

    First Goldring of  the year at Harwood Dale Forest a lone male hawking up the track to the large pond.

  • 4th Jul 2012
    Inverness-shire
    EAF
    Southern Hawker at Culloden, Inverness

    Southern Hawker at Culloden, Inverness. Have seen three larval skins attached to the fancy grass at the edge of my pool but at lunchtime I saw the first Dragonfly on one of the hostas at the poolside.

  • 4th Jul 2012
    Norfolk
    NLC
    Poringland Fishing Lakes

    Poringland Fishing Lakes: Even though this site is heavily stocked for the fishing, I still saw good numbers of Common Blue, Azure, Blue-tailed and Red-eyed Damselflies (2 exuviae collected). A few Large Reds were about. 2 Emperors  patrolled their individual ponds, occassionally tussling with one of the several Four-spotteds. A male Black-tailed Skimmer was guarding a female as she oviposited nearby. 1 pristine male Broad-bodied on site. 

  • 4th Jul 2012
    Norfolk
    DB
    3 Common Darters emerged this morning from garden pond, also saw Emperor & Four Spot Chaser. http://www.davidboulton.co.uk/gallery_410877.html

    3 Common Darters emerged this morning from garden wildlife pond (in the rain). Common Darters emerging most days despite the unsettled weather (many of them are unfortunately being predated on by House Sparrows, before the Darters can fly). Weather was warm and sunny this afternoon and the first Emperor dragonfly visited the wildlife pond at 1.30pm and starting ovipositing, and another Emperor was seen at 5pm. Also saw a Four Spot Chaser, Large Red & Blue tailed damselflies. One Blue tail damselfly started laying eggs and went under the water (totally submerged for about 35 minutes ovipositing)! Photos: http://www.davidboulton.co.uk/gallery_410877.html 

  • 4th Jul 2012
    Norfolk
    JM
    Norfolk

    River Yare, Cringleford, Norwich.  Three Norfolk Hawkers, two together on the river and another patrolling one of the numerous flood meadow ditches. Two Emperor's patrolling their own parts of the river along with three Hairy and one Four spotted chaser, also Two female and one immature male Black-tailed skimmer with female Common Darter in a near-by Hay Meadow. Azure, Common and Blue-tailed damselflys in good numbers along the river and its ditches

  • 3rd Jul 2012
    Norfolk
    MS
    Red Veined Darters at Kelling

    At  least 3 Red Veined Darters still at Kelling Quags, Norfolk, possibly many more over the water but too distant to confirm ID. Also at least 1 Ruddy Darter and several Common and Blue Tailed Damsleflies

  • 1st Jul 2012
    Surrey
    MS
    Thursley Common,Surrey

    Thursley Common,Surrey: Poor conditions - cloudy and windy with showers. No Emeralds of either species on the pond. On the boardwalk - 2 Black Darter, Azure Damselfly, 2 Emerald Damselflies, 2 newly emerged 4 Spot Chasers + exuvium of one 

  • 30th Jun 2012
    Northants
    MT
    Red-veined Darters in Northants

    I saw a female Red-veined Darter yesterday so I had a hunch that there were more about and went to a different site that I have been keeping a watch on and came across three males. It was windy, so they didn't settle for too long, but long enough to get a few pictures, posted on the Northants blog.

  • 30th Jun 2012
    Surrey
    CDH
    Surrey - Broad bodied Chaser

    Broad-bodied Chaser in garden, NW of Woking, Surrey. Resting on Heuchera flowers and moving from one to another.  Not seen in my garden since I've lived here (31 years).

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