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.
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.
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
- 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.
- Camera teasing southern hawker
New Forest – Dockens water. Watched over a period of an hour, single male patrolling its territory. Quite a few times hovered about a foot from my head but every time I took a picture it darted off – absolutely fascinating. It was on the wing for a long time without catching anything. Wings made a helicopter rotor noise on tight maneuvers.
- Isle of Wight
- Southern Hawker (2) laying eggs
2 SHs, laying eggs on reed stems in garden pond. Isle of Wight
- Greater London
- Suburban garden visitor
Female Southern Hawker dragonfly seen in suburban garden in London.
- Emperor visits
Emperor dragonfly inspecting our newly created wildlife pond has been around for three or four days
- Argyll and Bute
- Lochside Emperor
Male Emperor hunting across a road between beechwood verge and shoreside rough vegetation.
- Large numbers of Migrant Hawkers Ham Wall
At least 500 Migrant Hawkers at Ham Wall RSPB reserve in late afternoon sunshine.
Also still a few Brown Hawkers.
- GARDEN DRAGONFLY
I had just got the mower out of the shed, I looked down and saw a large golden ringed dragonfly on the grass. It was alive and trying to fly but had sustained severe damage to it’s abdomen. I was not sure whether it had been in the mower and was damaged when I pulled the mower out or whether damage had been caused elsewhere. I put the dragonfly in a quiet place but it was obviously mortally injured. I was still alive several hours later.
- Female Black Darter
Female Black Darter, Duddon Mosses
- Red veined darter
A red veined darter perched on the pink plastic flower shaped cane topper. He was there for nearly 30 minutes, with occasional circuits of the garden. Not bothered by close up camera. Bright sunshine, breezy.
- Darter on wire
Spotted on wire fence bordering heathland in Surrey. Keen to know if this is Common Darter (seems likely) or other. I think this is female. Pale wing spots confusing. No obvious yellow or red veins in wings, so Common seems likely based on the brilliant (and recently acquired) “Britain’s Dragonflies” field guide. My picture is not 100% focus as taken using 300mm telephoto at max zoom (see Instagram link below). Would appreciate an expert view. Lots of dragonflies on the wing – many mating.
- Highland and Islands
- A Friend
My ‘Friend’ and I had a hour-long tryst at the head of Loch Hope in lovely hot, bright, sunshine. He was a White-faced Darter. First of all he sat on my bare leg, then arm, finally on the back of my hand, where he stayed for about 30 minutes, apart from quick excursions to catch a small fly. He seemed quite content eating there, and didn’t budge when pages were turned (I was sat reading in the sunshine) nor when I sipped tea. We had a wonderful face-to-face encounter. At the site were Blue Darters too, but this little fellow was quite something else. Memorable!
- Ruddy darters on Louth canal
Several along footpath by canal
- Seen Hawking around Duddon Mosses
Common Hawker male Duddon Mosses resting on boardwalk
- Black Darter in shiny black
Black Darter male, Duddon Mosses
- Southern Hawker in Loughborough.
We have a large garden pond and the insect spent several minutes flying around it’s banks, giving me a splendid show.
- Black Darter – Uath Lochans
At least 3 male Black Darter on boardwalk of white trail at Uath Lochans this afternoon.
- Black Darter – RSPB Loch Insh lookout
At least a dozen Black Darter on the access boards / handrails to the RSPB Loch Insh lookout this afternoon / early evening. About even male vs female. NN775998. Good close views but irritatingly, lousy, un-natural background (board walk / handrails) for photography! Can’t have everything! Did see a peregrine.
- Last year and again this week.
Very Large Southern Hawker, ( I think). Comes into house , has a good look round sitting room and leaves.
- Late keeled skimmer, Norfolk
At Holt Country Park (Holt Lowes SSSI), a single male keeled skimmer still on the wing – a sighting late in the year. There were also about five (one female, four males) a week ago (10 Sept), same place.
I also photographed a dead keeled skimmer caught by a four-spot orb web spider.
- Willow Emerald Damselfly
Willow Emerald Damselfly at Barnwell Country Park, Oundle
- Sainsburys Migrant Hawker
Saw at least three individuals at our local site next to Sainsburys supermarket in Leek. This is the first time we have recorded this species at this site. Photo record added to irecord.
- Greater London
- Red-veined Darter
Seen by new wildlife pond at Walworth Garden.
- Stunning Southern Hawkers
Several Male and Female Southern Hawkers in flight and at rest perched on long grasses and high in the tree canopy
- Warwickshire, Birmingham, Black Country
- Golden Ringed Dragonfly
Onr flew in to the veranda and hovered by the glass window for a short time before flying out
- Dragons in Nottingham
Sellers wood nature Reserve southern hawkers male and female and common darters male and female and ruddy darter male. Also willow emerald damselfly a wonderful day watching these beautiful insects i love now willow emerald chase of the larger southern hawker too wow just amazing i also safe a ruddy darter from a spider web part of wing damaged still flew away after a rest on my finger .
- Road accident victim sadly.
I am in Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex.
A delivery van came to house and we noticed this very large Emperor Dragonfly wedged between part of the front bodywork by indicator unit. It was still moving slightly so we very carefully extracted it from where it was jammed.
It looked fairly OK and I put it behind some shrubbery to hide from birds.
It only moved a quarter of an inch and its wings vibrated slightly, when I went to look 30 minutes later it was dead, I then had a good look and found its left “eye” area impacted inwards, presumably from the vehicle impact.
I have preserved in an enclosed frame as it is the largest dragonfly I have seen, a similar one was in my garden this week but was about two thirds as large as this one.
- backgarden pond
male Southern Hawker+Common Darter 15.9.20 pond in backgarden
- North East
15 or so Common Hawkers, mainly males and 3 females coupling .. territorial displays and ariel coupling / wheel. .ovipositing females x2 👌🙏🏼👌
Emerald x3 males
4 Black Darters .. males .. 2 females
2 coupling/ wheel and ovipositing
- Garden visitor
Southern Hawker in rear garden on 2 consecutive days