Latest Sightings

If you would like to check out the latest dragonfly sightings in your local area (Vice-county) or nationally, you can do this through the iRecord website. Records in iRecord can be labelled in several ways. ‘Accepted’ records are those that have been verified as correct by the County Recorder(s). You can exclude ‘not accepted’ or ‘queried’ records etc using one of the dropdown menus as you work through the instructions below.



Instructions for viewing Latest Sightings in iRecord



We have also created a short video guide that you can watch below:


Share A Sighting 

If you have seen a dragonfly and want to share your sighting or get help with species identification you can post in the following Facebook group, which is run by Neil Phillips, one of our County Dragonfly Recorders: British Dragonflies and Damselflies Facebook Group

Be assured that your request to join will be accepted promptly as the group is monitored regularly. It is run by experienced dragonfly enthusiasts, so it is a good place to request species identification help too.

Or share your sightings on our own Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, too.

Our Scotland team has its own Twitter account and Facebook group.

There is also a Facebook group that covers our Migrant Dragonflies Project, which is run by project coordinator Adrian Parr and anyone can request to join here.


Enter A Record

If you are confident of your identification please also enter it into the BDS database on iRecord. Your records will help us track the distribution of dragonflies across the UK and thereby aid their conservation. Click here.


Title image: Hairy Dragonfly by Dave Smallshire

  • Devon
  • Bystock Pools
  • Bystock Pools, near Exmouth. 12 Small Red Damselflies (10 male, 2 female), also Downy Emerald, Golden Ringed, Emperor, Blue Tailed, Azure, Large Red, Keeled Skimmer

30 Jun 2013
  • Worcestershire
  • River Avon south of Pershore
  • River Avon south of Pershore. A warm and sunny day. Several Scarce Chasers were seen including a mating pair, a huge number of Banded Demoiselles, and a few male Red-eyed Damselflies perched out on the lily-pads. Also Large Red and Blue-tailed Damselflies but only a very few White-legged.

30 Jun 2013
  • Norfolk
  • Strumpshaw Fen Norfolk
  • Strumpshaw Fen Norfolk. 4 Norfolk Hawkers, Several Four-spotted Chasers, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, Azure, Blue -tailed and Large Red Damsels.

30 Jun 2013
  • Worcestershire
  • Avon
  • Avon. There was an impressive number of Banded Demoiselles flying by the river. Also saw several Scarce Chasers as well perched on the bank-side nettles.

30 Jun 2013
  • Norfolk
  • Banded Demoiselle, Four Spot Chasers copu/ovip, Large Red, Azure & Blue tail damselflies seen, garden wildlife pond, Norwich
  • Norwich. It was the warmest day of the year so far (temperature 24c) and two Four spotted Chasers were seen copulating over the garden wildlife pond, and then the female starting laying eggs. At 2.50pm I was totally surprised to see a Banded Demoiselle visit the pond. I managed to get a few photos, before it flew off (it was only by the pond for less than a minute). I live on a housing estate in Norwich (and the nearest river is several miles away), so very, very surprised and delighted to see this Banded Demoiselle visit the pond! Large Reds and Azures were ovipositing and a Blue tailed damselfly was also seen. Photos of the Banded Demoiselle can be seen on my website by clicking the following link:

30 Jun 2013
  • Norfolk
  • Wheatfen Broad – scarce chaser & banded demoiselle; Strumpshaw Fen – Norfolk hawker and four-spotted chaser
  • Wheatfen Broad nature reserve, lunchtime: Large numbers of scarce chaser and banded demoiselle. Also a few Norfolk hawker and immature black-tailed skimmer. Red-eyed, blue-tailed and azure damsels and a single fresh common blue.

    Strumpshaw Fen, mid-afternoon: good numbers of Norfolk hawker and four-spotted chaser, showing off well. Vast numbers of ovipositing azure damsels. A few large red and blue-tailed.

29 Jun 2013
  • Wiltshire VC 7/8
  • Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura pumilio) discoverd on Salisbury Plain
  • After alerting Iain Perkins to the fact that the habitat [temporary pools] he is studying on Salisbury Plain for Fairy Shrimp (Chirocephalus diaphanous) is similar to that used by Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly, he agreed to look out for this species during this years studies. The end result is that on 29th June he found I. pumilio at a pool along with I. elegans in the middle of the Plain – and even provided photographic evidence!

    This is a new area for this species in Wiltshire although I have suspected it might be present there for several years. Iain will now look out for it as he works across the Plain studying the Shrimp.

    You can see an image on my blog.

29 Jun 2013
  • Kent
  • Three male Red veined Darters on a small pool within the Hythe Firing Ranges with no public access.
  • Observed three male Red veined Darters patrolling a small brackish pool within the MOD Hythe Firing Ranges, Kent. The site is not open to the public.

29 Jun 2013
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Damselfly Larvae in Langar Village Pond, Nottinghamshire
  • Several damselfly larvae were found during a pond dipping event at Langar Village Pond. Although the species were not identified there was a range of sizes indicating a series of instars. Such evidence of breeding is encouraging as the pond was only re-excavated and restored on its historic site in autumn 2011.

29 Jun 2013
  • Hampshire
  • Dragonflies New Forest
  • New Forest. An afternoon at Crockford Bridge produced 1m Golden ringed Dragonfly; 4 Keeled Skimmer; 2 Broad bodied Chaser; 1 Four Spot Chaser; 4 Beutiful Demoiselle; 1 Large Red Damselfly and numerous Common Blue Damselfly

29 Jun 2013
  • Norfolk
  • Norfolk
  • Old quarry, Roydon Common  near Kings Lynn   Two  Male Emperor's and ovipositing female plus two Emperor exuvia found and collected on the same pond, which was dominated by Four-spotted Chasers, males chasing males , mating pairs and ovipositing females along with  many more making their maiden flights from the margins. So much activity. Six Emerald Damselflys also noted.

27 Jun 2013
  • Norfolk
  • Norfolk
  • R yare. Cringleford, Several tandem pairs of Willow Emerald today along with a possible Scarce Emerald! resting and ovipositing into decaying 6 inch high plant stems close to the bankside.

25 Jun 2013
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