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Title image: Hairy Dragonfly by Dave Smallshire

  • Lancashire
  • Golden-ringeds in Bowland
  • Bowland: At a well-known site here, several Golden-ringed Dragonflies were active on some fell-side runnels. Not too far away at a small acidic pond near Grindleton, another Golden-ringed plus two Common Hawkers and many Large Red, Emerald, and Azure Damselflies.

12 Jul 2013
  • Essex
  • Cornhill Meadows Essex
  • At Cornhill Meadows Essex today I saw 5 Common Hawkers.  Banded Demoiselle were everywhere, 4+ Common Blues and 3+ Blue Tailed Damselflies

12 Jul 2013
  • North Yorkshire
  • Harwood Dale
  • Harwood Dale. Warm Weather has seen more Dragonflies hatching 2 fourspotted Chasers 3 Southern Hawkers 1 Male Emperor 1 Common Hawker 3 Goldrings. Watched a male and a female Southern Hawker hatch out  mid morning. The Four Spotted male chasing of the Emperor while the female Oviposited.

     

12 Jul 2013
  • East Lothian
  • First Common Darter of year plus four spot and a few damsels
  • My first Common Darter of the year plus a Four-spotted Chaser and a few Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damselflies all at Blindwells Pond.

11 Jul 2013
  • Norfolk
  • Norfolk
  • River Yare, Cringleford Norwich. The first Southern Hawker was flying up and down the riverside path today during my lunch hour. Three Emperor's and five Brown Hawker's and one Hairy yesterday……….. the sun was out. 

11 Jul 2013
  • Glamorgan
  • Still c10 Red-veined Darters at Kenfig NNR
  • c10 Red-veined Darters (still), Common Blue Damselfly (1000+), Emperor Dragonfly (4), Black-tailed Skimmer (c20) along the east shore of Kenfig Pool. 

    Some record shots of the RVD's on the link http://vc41dragonflies.blogspot.co.uk

11 Jul 2013
  • Surrey
  • Thursley Common 11 July
  • Thursley Common: 1 Brilliant and several Downy Emeralds around Moat Pond this afternoon. Large numbers of Keeled Skimmer and Four-spotted Chaser along boardwalks, with some Common Darter and 1 Black-tailed Skimmer. Lots of Large Red Damselflies.

11 Jul 2013
  • Norfolk
  • Hundred + Scarce Chasers in Norfolk
  • Ted Ellis Reserve, Wheatfen, Surlingham, Norfolk

    Still lots of Scarce Chasers (100+) (best site in UK for them?), 2 Norfolk Hawkers, 2 Brown Hawker, 1 Four spot Chaser, 1 Black Tailed Skimmer (female), 1 Emperor, Azure Damselflies (numerous), Blue Tailed Damsels (lots but not as many as Azures)

11 Jul 2013
  • Staffordshire
  • Netherton meadow, Saltwells LNR first Southern hawker of the year, 7 four spot chasers, azures, bluetails and a male broard bodied chaser.
  • Netherton meadow, Saltwells LNR first Southern hawker of the year, 7 four spot chasers, azures, bluetails and a male broad bodied chaser.

11 Jul 2013
  • Lancs
  • female broad bodied chaser
  • Female broad bodied chaser flew into conservatory, no ponds or water nearby. (Near Blackpool).

11 Jul 2013
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Emperor, Brown Hawker, Four-spot Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmer and variety of Damselfy on Grantham Canal, Nottinghamshire
  • 3 male Emperor and 1 female Emperor (ovipositing), 4 Brown Hawker, 20+ Four-spot Chasers and 1 male Black-tailed Skimmer along with Azure, Common Blue, Blue-tailed, Red-eyed and Large Red Damselfly between Wild's Bridge and Irish Jack's Bridge on the Grantham Canal, near Kinoulton, Nottinghamshire

11 Jul 2013
  • Surrey
  • Scarce chasers on River Blackwater
  • River Blackwater at SU 885 518. Two male scarce chasers and a brown hawker. Damselflies present:  common blue, blue tailed and azure damselflies and banded demoiselles.

11 Jul 2013
  • Essex
  • Rainham Marshes
  • Rainham Marshes: Emporer Dragonfly 5, Black Tailed Skimmer, Common Blue Damselfly, Blue Tailed Damselfly

10 Jul 2013
  • Glamorgan
  • Red-veined Darter
  • At least 10 Red-veined Darter, all males, along the eastern edge of the main pool at Kenfig NNR, 10th July 2013. Also plenty of Black-tailed Skimmers, Emperor, Common Blue damselfly and the usual common species.

10 Jul 2013
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Norfol hawkers still showing at Paxton
  • Norfolk hawkers still showing at Paxton. 5-6 individuals over water soldier and along rear phragmites bed on NW coner of Hayling lake.

10 Jul 2013
  • Hampshire
  • Large Numbers of Odonata at Elvetham Heath NR
  • Elvetham Heath Local Nature Reserve, NE Hants

    A stunning display of, 100+ Small Red Damselflys (by far the highest count for the site), 6 Downy Emeralds and 30+ Keeled Skimmers. Unconfirmed reports of Black Darter also.  

09 Jul 2013
  • Hampshire
  • Red-veined Darters
  • On the model boating lake on Southampton Common this morning were 3 male Red-veined Darters clashing with the Black-tailed Skimmers.

    Sixteen species at Cadnam Common this afternoon including a female Black Darter – my first of the year – and the Small Red-eyed Damselfly count has gone up to six with a female seen in tandem with one of the males. Just one Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly today.

09 Jul 2013
  • Essex
  • Emperor, Four spotted chaser, Black tailed skimmer, Common darter, Brown hawker, Common blue damselfly Large red damselfly
  • Langdon Hills. Four emperors included 3 males & a female egg laying. One each of four spotted chaser,  black tailed skimmer & brown hawker. Two common darter.  One pond held a dozen or so of large red damselflies; many common blue damselflies, widespread.

09 Jul 2013
  • Staffordshire
  • Saltwells Nature Reserve the first Keeled skimmer of the year, hundreds of Azure, lots of Large red, Blue tailed and Common blue. Also seen Banded demoiselle, 3 Broard bodied chasers, 4 four spot chasers, lots of emerging Common darter and an Emperor.
  • Saltwells Nature Reserve the first Keeled skimmer of the year, hundreds of Azure, lots of Large red, Blue tailed and Common blue. Also seen Banded demoiselle, 3 Broard bodied chasers,  4 four spot chasers, lots of emerging Common darter and an Emperor.

09 Jul 2013
  • Hampshire
  • Southern damsel and golden ringed dragons in new forest
  • Crockford stream: at least 3 golden ringed dragonflies, 5+ beautiful demioselles, 6+ southern damselflies (including 2 tandem pairs), 5+ keeled skimmers, 1 broad bodied chaser.

    Hatchet Pond: 10+ broad bodied chasers patrolling over bog bean, 5+ blue tailed damselflies (no scarce BT damsels seen), 1 common darter, 5+ common blue damselflies, 1 pr small red damselflies, 10+ keeled skimmers, 1 black tailed skimmer.

    Photos here:  http://www.uk-wildlife.co.uk/dragonflies-and-damselflies-at-crockford-stream-and-hatchet-pond/

09 Jul 2013
08 Jul 2013
  • Kent
  • Four spotted chaser dragonfly
  • Four spotted chaser spotted in my garden, Petts Wood area, Bromley

08 Jul 2013
  • Norfolk
  • Norfolk
  • River Yare, Cringleford Norwich. Lunchtime………..First three Brown Hawkers of the year, still at least one Hairy and Two patrolling Emperor's and Four-spotted Chaser. So many male Banded Demoiselles, so few females! Red-eyed Damselflies also in abundace

08 Jul 2013
  • Surrey
  • Thursley Common – 200+ Keeled Skimmers, 100+ Four-spotted Chasers, 1Black Darter and a male Emperor (Damselflies not recorded)
  • Thursley Common -200+ Keeled Skimmers, 100+ Four-spotted Chasers, 1 Black Darter and a male Emperor (Damselflies not recorded)

08 Jul 2013
  • norfolk
  • Norfolk
  • Several keeled skimmers at holt lowes and my first common darter this year.Scarce chaser and brown hawker at strumpshaw fen today.

07 Jul 2013
  • Hertfordshire
  • Withey Beds Local Nature Reserve, Rickmansworth – 10 + Banded Demoiselles, I female Emperor and 10+ Common Blue Damselflies
  • Withey Beds Local Nature Reserve, Rickmansworth – 10+ Banded Demoiselles, I female Emperor and 10+ Common Blue Damselflies

07 Jul 2013
  • Norfolk
  • Norfolk
  • My first Ruddy Darter and Common Darter this year along with the usual Fourspotted Chasers, Hempton Common, Fakenham.
    A splendid blue male  Broad-bodied Chaser made a visit to our garden pond today

07 Jul 2013
  • Dyfed
  • Cors Caron NNR
  • Cors Caron NNR: 1 Golden-ringed Dragonfly, lots of Four-spotted Chasers, Banded and Beautiful Demoiselles, 2 Emerald Damselfly, 2 Large Red Damselfly, lots of blue damselflies.

07 Jul 2013
  • Surrey
  • Brown hawker at Thursley Common
  • Thursley Common. Moat pond had brown hawker, downy and brilliant emeralds and four-spotted chaser. Boardwalk had keeled skimmer, four-spotted chaser and blck-tailed skimmer. Azure and large red damselflies throughout.

07 Jul 2013
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Norfolk Hawker
  • 5 or 6 Norfolk Hawker on Hayling Pit in NW corner. Also Hairy Dragonfly, Emperor, Black-tailed Skimmer, Four-spotted Chaser, Red-eyed Damselfly. Photos on my blog The Drunkbirder.

07 Jul 2013
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