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Title image: Hairy Dragonfly by Dave Smallshire

  • Essex
  • Navestock, Essex Common Blue, Red-eyed and Small Red-eyed Damselflies, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Southern Hawker.
  • Navestock, Essex: on Lady's Pond (despite the name a large lake) hundreds of damselflies low over the lake mainly Common Blue Damsels with 12+ Small Red-eyeds and 5+ Red-eyeds (close in but others too distant to id which species). Also several Migrant Hawkers, 2 Brown Hawkers and 1 Southern Hawker.

20 Aug 2013
  • West Glamorgan
  • up to 30 Hawker dragonflies at bottom of Caswell Valley, near Swansea
  • At the mouth of Caswell Valley, near Swansea, which is thickly wooded with deciduous trees about 30 dragonflies flew around us.  They were more active when the sun was not behind a cloud.  They disappeared in to the trees when the sun went behind a cloud.  They flew among us for up to 15 minutes.  Their golden wings were so distinctive as they flew. [Most probably Brown Hawkers – Ed]

20 Aug 2013
  • Norfolk
  • Sightngs at Sutton Fen today:
  • Sightngs at Sutton Fen today: Brown Hawkers, Migrant Hawkers, Norfolk Hawker, Southern Hawker, Black-Tailed Skimmers, Ruddy Darters and Common Darters Dragonflies.   Azure, Blue-Tailed, Emerald and Variable Damselflies plus a first for the Reserve, which I extracted from a Spider's Web, a Small Red-Eyed Damselfly.

20 Aug 2013
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Comon Hawker and Common Darters in Langar Churchyard, Nottinghamshire
  • 1 male Common Hawker and 1 each of male and female Common Darters in Langar Churchyard.

19 Aug 2013
  • Surrey
  • Thursley Common
  • Today I went to Thursley Common fantastic day and saw many Black and Common Darters, 5x Keeled Skimmers, 5/6x Small Red Damselflys, 1x Emerald Damselfly, 1x Common, Brown, Southern Hawkers and have to add Grayling Butterfly

19 Aug 2013
  • Devon
  • Small Red Damselflies still in North Devon
  • Small Red Damselfly was confirmed still to be present at Meeth Quarry DWT Reserve, although only half a dozen males were seen in a very restricted area of some old settling lagoons. Whether Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly still remains now the old clay pits have flooded remains to be seen, as none was seen (although it's late for them now). A reasonable range of other species was present: lots of Emerald and Common Blue Damselflies and Common Darters, plus a few Large Red, Azure and Blue-tailed Damselflies, Migrant and Southern Hawkers, Emperor and Golden-ringed Dragonflies and Four-spotted Chasers. DWT will be advised on how to improve the area for dragonflies.

    Elsewhere in Devon, Small Red-eyed Damselflies have been reported in the last few days from known locations at Dawlish Warren (but location inaccessible!) and Lower Bruckland Ponds, with a new site near the latter at the Borrow Pit, Seaton Marshes. Surely they must be at other locations between the Axe and Exe?!

19 Aug 2013
  • Somerset
  • About 100 Common Blue Damselflies seen on the grassy banks of Axbridge Reservoir on a beautiful sunny afternoon.
  • About 100 Common Blue Damselflies seen on the grassy banks of Axbridge Reservoir on a beautiful sunny afternoon.

18 Aug 2013
  • Oxfordshire
  • Otmoor, 18th August
  • Otmoor: 100s of Ruddy Darter and good numbers of Common Darter, Southern Hawker and Brown Hawker all over the RSPB reserve. A Four-spotted Chaser along the visitor trail to second viewing screen. Several Emerald Damselfly along visitor trail, a few Blue-tailed Damselfly including a female of the form rufescens, and a few Common Blue Damselfy.

18 Aug 2013
  • Cambridgeshire
  • RSPB Fen Drayton – many Common Darters (30+), Brown (10+) and Migrant Hawkers (20+). Small numbers of Common Blue Damselfly. 6 Southern Hawkers
  • RSPB Fen Drayton – Sunny warm day. Wind strong at times. Lots of Dragonfly activity across the Reserve. Good numbers of Common Darters (30+), Brown (10+)  and Migrant Hawkers (20+).  6 Southern Hawkers. Small numbers of Damselfly: Common Blue. Single Banded Demoiselle. 

18 Aug 2013
  • Cambridge
  • Common Hawker in Peterborough
  • Please can SF check the identification of their posting for Common Hawkers in Peterborough. It is highly unlikely that they were that species and more likely A.mixta.

18 Aug 2013
  • Lincs
  • 20 common darters and numerous common blues at Bardney.
  • About 20 common darters and loads of common blue damselflies at Bardney, Lincs on the Canal.  Also, last weekend 2 golden ringed dragonflies.

18 Aug 2013
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Pair of Common Darters in Cop in garden at Langar, Nottinghamshire
  • I had to take a break from gardening this morning in Langar, Nottinghamshire when a pair of Common Darters in cop landed on my shoulder and remained there for more than 5 minutes before flying off still in cop.

18 Aug 2013
  • Surrey
  • Female Golden Ringed Dragonfly in Carshalton, Surrey
  • A female Golden Ringed Dragonfly came through our garden at about 11:00 am. Rested on privet hedge for about 5 – 10 mins before flying off.

17 Aug 2013
  • Cambridgeshire
  • approx 100 common hawker seen in garden
  • Approx 100 common hawker dragonflies seen flying around garden in Peterborough,

17 Aug 2013
  • Norfolk
  • Nine species at Wheatfen
  • A couple of very happy hours spent at Wheatfen this morning.  After a cool and cloudy start the weather warmed up just enough for a few species to start to show themselves on the wing.  First to be encountered where Blue-tailed Damsels, with perhaps ten or so popping up during the course of a circular walk.  These were joined by a handful of BrownMigrant and Southern Hawkers as the weather warmed furtherOn the path furthest from The Thatch hide, adjacent to a ditch were perhaps half a dozen late and rather tired looking Scarce Chasers.  On the return journey through the fen, both Common and Ruddy Darters were seen perching and flying low over the mown paths (these two species appeared in greater numbers on or near the boardwalk where one enters the reserve). An emperor was seen hawking around the fringes of willow scrub and over open fen. A single Banded Demoiselle and Common Blue Damsel fluttered by over a ditch near the end of the walk.

17 Aug 2013
  • Pembrokeshire
  • My first two Migrant Hawkers of the year at Quickwell Hill St Davids. 12 Small Red Damsels including 2 pairs ovipositing at the Dowrog Common St Davids.
  • My first two Migrant Hawkers of the year at Quickwell Hill St Davids. 12 Small Red Damsels including 2 pairs ovipositing at the Dowrog Common St Davids.

16 Aug 2013
  • N Lancs/S Cumbria
  • North Lancs/ S Cumbria sightings
  • Walking along the lanes around Silverdale in hot sunshine today saw  at least 8 Brown Hawkers, 4 Migrant Hawkers and many Common Darters.  Also at Bank Well Pond there were many Emerald Damselflies, 1 Ruddy Darter, 1 Southern Hawker and 1 Brown Hawker along with many Common Blues.  

16 Aug 2013
14 Aug 2013
  • Greater London (Essex)
  • Dagnam Park LNR. 1 male Scarce Emerald Damselfly, Brown Hawker, Southern Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Ruddy Darter, Small Red-eyed Damselflies.
  • Dagnam Park LNR, Harold Hill near Romford. 1 male Scarce Emerald Damselfly, my first this year at the site. Also 5 Brown Hawkers, 4 Southern Hawkers, 8 Migrant Hawkers and 10 Ruddy Darters. Small Red-eyed Damselflies were abundant on the Perch Pond but no count today.

14 Aug 2013
  • Essex
  • Banded Demoiselle – Essex
  • Banded Demoiselle – Male – sighted at Bridgemarsh Marina, Althorne, Essex, 11.00-11.30am approx, Tuesday 14/8/13.

    Spotted flying over pontoon from mainland heading towards Bridgemarsh Island.  Tide low.

14 Aug 2013
  • Essex
  • West Canvey marsh
  • West Canvey marsh: A late afternoon visit resulted in 1 male emperor 1 migrant hawker and a number of common darters

14 Aug 2013
  • Essex
  • Finginghoe Wick
  • A trip to Finginghoe Wick resulted in 11+ willow emerald damselflies.  Also seen were male emperor dragonfly, southern hawker, brown hawker, migrant hawker, small red eyed damselfly, blue tailed damselfly, emerald damselfly, ruddy darter, common darter and beautiful demoiselle.  Photos here: http://www.uk-wildlife.co.uk/willow-emeralds-at-fingringhoe-wick/

14 Aug 2013
  • Hertfordshire
  • purwell ninesprings
  • Purwell ninesprings in Hitchin today I saw many Common Darters, 2x Brown Hawkers, 1x Emperor Dragonfly

14 Aug 2013
  • Essex
  • Wat Tyler sightings
  • Wat Tyler sightings: Not much about today, a number of common darters around and some ruddy darters.

    No sign of southern migrant hawkers yesterday or today.  Sadly the area around the pond has become somewhat trampled and a path has been trampled into the pond.  I've written a summary of southern migrant hawker in the last week here: http://www.uk-wildlife.co.uk/southern-migrant-hawker-update/

13 Aug 2013
  • Cornwall
  • Godolphin Woods, West Cornwall
  • Godolphin Woods, West Cornwall : Good sunny spells, hot in shelter of NW breeze.

    1 female Vagrant Emperor perching in gorse, on north side of River Hayle path. Common Hawker: 1 male over small pool, 1 female in field.   Southern Hawker : 1 mature male, 1 male with very new colouring. Golden Ringed: 3 separate pairings seen – 1 female continued to consume her bee whilst thus engaged. 8+ males on river, heath. Migrant Hawker : 2 male, 1 female, immature and feeding. Common Darter : 20+ over river, heath, woods.   Some Beautiful Dems at water, few damsels here now.

12 Aug 2013
  • Hampshire
  • New Forest, 11 Aug
  • New Forest: Ashley Hole: 1 female Common Hawker, lots of Keeled Skimmer, some Common Darter, 1 male Black Darter. Furzley Common: 2 male Black Darter, several Common Darter, several Black-tailed Skimmer, a few Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Four-spotted Chaser, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, a few Emerald Damselfly and some Common Blue Damselfly.

11 Aug 2013
  • Suffolk
  • Some late ones!
  • Carlton Marshes Suffolk Wildlife Trust reserve, Lowestoft, Suffolk. Male Scarce Chaser, Norfolk Hawker, lots of Variable Damselflies all rather late. Lots of Brown Hawkers, including two ovipositing, Azure,Blue Tailed  and Common Emerald Damsels all in good numbers

11 Aug 2013
  • Devon
  • Little Bradley Ponds
  • Little Bradley Ponds: Arrived at 10.30, very quiet as overcast but when the sun came out picked up Common Blue, Blue Tail and Emerald Damsels, Common Darters, Common Hawkers, Migrant Hawkers (including a pair in cop) and a Downy Emerald. Also a single Clouded Yellow Butterfly. At Heathfield we also picked up 3 male and 2 female Emperors, a Southern Hawker battling with one of the Emperors and a single Black Tailed Skimmer. Heathfield also produced a large number of Butterflies.

11 Aug 2013
  • Essex
  • Using a hawthorn hanging over my small pond
  • Using a hawthorn hanging over my small pond. Willow Emerald at 16.30 around my garden pond in Leigh-on-Sea.

11 Aug 2013
  • Staffordshire
  • Cannock Chase
  • Cannock Chase: Several hours spent roaming Beaudesert Old Park. Migrant Hawkers, Brown Hawkers and a single Common Hawker. Broad-bodied Chaser. Several Black Darters. Common Darters, Emerald Damselflies, Common Blue and Blue-tailed damselflies. A single Large Red Damselfy. 

10 Aug 2013
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