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 have their 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.

 

Changes to Latest Sightings, March 2021

Our Latest Sightings feature was set up long before social media existed and was designed to be a space where anyone could tell other dragonfly enthusiasts what they had seen. It was not verified or linked to submitting scientific records at all and resulted in some unusual and unlikely sightings being displayed on our website. The design of the feature did not allow for photos to be displayed or for our British Dragonfly Society team to respond to any questions or requests for identification help. It was not as interactive as the various social media platforms on offer today which many of us have now become accustomed to using.

We feel that it is now time to address these issues and to trial a new approach, so that this part of our website would still be useful and meet the needs of users. This dragonfly season we will be uploading a monthly summary of what species have been seen across the country, along with photos where possible. The summary will be displayed on this page and a short version on the homepage. To share your dragonfly sightings, please head to our British Dragonfly Society social media pages and groups as detailed below; be assured that the groups we recommend are monitored regularly by our own volunteers to ensure a speedy response.

Please give this new approach a go and let us know if you have any constructive feedback to help us shape this feature in the long term. Many thanks from our whole team.

Contact Fiona here.

Title image: Hairy Dragonfly by Dave Smallshire

 

This sightings list is from the old system and runs to Jan 2021. Please see above for more recent sightings in the Facebook group.

  • Cornwall with Scilly
  • Tamar Valley, Cornwall – A pair of Emperors
  • Two Emporers were spotted foraging around the edges of a flooded pond within the Tamar Valley woodland estate

26 Oct 2020
N M
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Lunch time dragons
  • I spent a few hours canoeing along the Lodes around Wicken Fen. At midday i took a lunch break in a sunny sheltered area. Delighted to see at least 4 Migrant Hawkers, including a pair copulating.6 Common Darters, males and females also seen, again 1 pair copulating. 1 larger dragonfly flew past a couple of times. What i could see of the dragonfly suggested a male Southern Hawker.

25 Oct 2020
KW
  • Somerset
  • Southern Hawker Glastonbury
  • Single male Southern Hawker at garden pond with a Common Darter

25 Oct 2020
MH
  • Sussex
  • Emperor surprise
  • A single Emperor dragonfly at my Garden pond

23 Oct 2020
LN
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Brief Encounter
  • I arrived at Wicken Fen in the pouring rain. Fortunately it stopped shortly after my arrival so my walk was still on. As i walked beside Wicken Lode the sun emerged from the clouds for a few minutes. 2.26pm-2.37pm,during which i saw 2 male Migrant Hawkers hawking insects.

23 Oct 2020
KW
  • United Kingdom
  • Beautiful emperor in Burley
  • A majestic navy blue emperor giving a wonderful display over a lake, unbothered by the rain.

21 Oct 2020
K.H
  • Somerset
  • Vagrant Emperors Shapwick Heath NNR
  • Two Vagrant Emperors along the main path near the east end of Noahs Lake at Shapwick Heath NNR.
    Also 40+ Common Darters and 20+ Migrant Hawkers in the warm sunshine

20 Oct 2020
MH
  • Norfolk
  • Vagrant Emperor
  • Male at the western edge of Holkham Pines for at least fifteen minutes. A possible second about 200 yards west on Burnham Overy Dunes, flight views only.

20 Oct 2020
REM
  • Sussex
  • Southern migrant hawker
  • Arundel wetland centre sussex

19 Oct 2020
PI
  • Wiltshire
  • Southern Hawker
  • A lone male Southern Hawker was patrolling the southern pond at Ravensroost Meadows this afternoon, despite temperatures of about 12C. The late date isn’t completely unexpected – it’s only my second latest for the site, but I was surprised due to the cold weather recently.

17 Oct 2020
PAS
  • Dorset
  • Vagrant Emperor Sherborne Lake
  • Vagrant Emperor flying around large field on east side of castle above the lake.
    Also a few Migrant Hawkers around the lake.

17 Oct 2020
MH
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Magic Sun!
  • I was enjoying an afternoon walk around Wicken Fen despite the cloudy conditions. Turning on to the path leading to West Mere Hide the sun emerged from behind the clouds. As if by magic several dragons emerged. 5 Common Darters-2 males and 3 females, 2 Willow Emerald Damselflies and 1 male Migrant Hawker. Photos taken. 2.22pm-3.03pm.

16 Oct 2020
KW
  • Dorset
  • Inquisitive Emperors
  • I had been to this pond before to watch Dragonflies/Damselflies but this time the Emperor Dragonflies became very tame and kept flying right up to us to check us out, never experienced this before. Even landing on my friends shoe and seemed like it was trying to deposit eggs on her shoe.

16 Oct 2020
  • Somerset
  • Common Hawker Ham Wall
  • Single Common Hawker by VP2 Ham Wall RSPB.
    Also a few Common Darters and Migrant Hawkers

15 Oct 2020
MH
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Common Darters in the sun
  • I was very pleased the sun came out whilst i was walking along Harrisons Drove Wicken Fen. It bought out several Common Darters. I counted 7 males and 2 females. Also 2 male Migrant Hawkers and 1 female.1.30pm-2.30pm.

11 Oct 2020
KW
  • Hampshire
  • October Egg-laying
  • Sunday 11th October an ovipositing Aeshna cyanea Southern Hawker on our Hampshire garden pond. Also a Sympetrum striolatum Common Darter on the same pond.No doubts on identification

11 Oct 2020
WHW
  • Norfolk
  • Sitting on the fence
  • I saw what appeared to be a Common darter Sitting on the fence in Norfolk.

10 Oct 2020
LH
  • Somerset
  • Brown Hawker and other dragonflies at Ham Wall
  • In the sun at Ham Wall RSPB reserve a single Brown Hawker , 75+ Migrant Hawkers , 250+ Common Darters and a few Ruddy Darters.

10 Oct 2020
MH
  • Kent
  • Flying low at Thanet Earth
  • female Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta

09 Oct 2020
SC
  • Derbyshire
  • Sunshine Visitors
  • Red Darter (maybe male) sat by the pond in the sun on September 7th in Bolsover.
    Two Southern or Common Hawkers zipping round each other in the garden on September 13th, Bolsover.

07 Oct 2020
CM
  • Glamorgan
  • southern hawker laying eggs
  • dyffryn gardens, watched for 30 mins laying eggs

07 Oct 2020
JDS
  • Durham
  • Female Southern Hawker Laying eggs in pond side moss
  • Female Southern Hawker at a private fishing pond at Maiden Law Durham

06 Oct 2020
S
  • Worcestershire
  • Golden Ring Dragonfly sighted today
  • Just caught sight of this beautiful Dragonfly in my garden. WR9 7PE area. Drat, always the way when you have no camera to hand. Came and checked details and as this was easily four inches in length I must assume it was a female Golden Ringed Dragonfly. She swept around skimming the lawn then swooped over the one fence, came back, had another look around the garden then flew off over the other fence. She was spectacular, How lucky to see her. I will now be hoping to spot her again.

05 Oct 2020
ML
  • Cambridgeshire
  • The last dragons.
  • Despite the weather not being very favourable for dragonflies, i was pleased to see 4 Migrant Hawkers, 3 males and 1 female at Wicken Fen this afternoon. Also 1 male Common Darter and 1 Willow Emerald Damselfly.1.oopm-4.00pm.

05 Oct 2020
KW
  • Greater London
  • A vision in green and brown
  • Saw this large Dragonfly laying eggs on dying foliage at the edge of a wildlife pond on the local allotment site at 2pm this afternoon.
    I think it’s a female Southern Hawker

05 Oct 2020
SS
  • Highland
  • Black Isle Dragons
  • Two Northern Emerald (one female)
    One Common Hawker

    Kingsley Wood Way in the Millbuie Forest. Near a deep peaty ditch in an area of sparse young coniferous trees with mixed scrub (heather, willow, gorse, broom etc). Sunny and relatively warm (~13 deg C) for the time of year with light breeze (<5 Km/hr).

02 Oct 2020
AAS
  • Norfolk
  • hickling abundant
  • common darters hundreds everywhere you looked, migrant hawker 30 plus.
    hickling broad norfolk.

02 Oct 2020
  • Lancashire
  • Inquisitive and close
  • Saw a black and green southern hawker dragonfly at my local park Walverden park in nelson

30 Sep 2020
JM
  • Glamorgan
  • emperors in south wales
  • emperors in south wales. 3 this morning. Cardiff. not world shattering news I know. All the best y’all.

29 Sep 2020
TT
  • Devon
  • Female Southern Hawker, Teign Gorge
  • Female Southern Hawker resting on sunny heath high on the south-facing steep slopes of the Teign Gorge below Castle Drogo, Devon.

27 Sep 2020
HB
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