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Title image: Hairy Dragonfly by Dave Smallshire

  • Gloucestershire and Bristol
  • Southern Hawkers
  • Several females seen at the RSPB site in the Forest of Dean near the pond

28 Sep 2019
  • Somerset
  • Common Hawker maybe?
  • Spotted in my garden this morning! I do not have a water feature but there is a river in the field nearby. It very large and quite beautiful blue and gold.

28 Sep 2019
  • Kent
  • Willow emerald damselfly. Preston garden centre
  • Male willow emerald damselfly, spotted in the large beech hedgerow by garden centre show garden, hunting mosquitoes.
    Plus 4 Common darters, 2 migrant hawkers.

26 Sep 2019
  • Devon
  • “Eye Balled” by common Darter!
  • Seen on the edge of a raised bed 25th September Dunsford Devon

25 Sep 2019
  • North Yorkshire
  • Allotment pond in Harrogate
  • We have a small pond on our allotment in Harrogate. I was amazed to see a female GRD and watched her for 30 minutes, then a male turned up.

23 Sep 2019
  • Shropshire
  • Trapped in my greenhouse
  • A female southern hawker became trapped in my greenhouse so we got some stunning close up photos before she was released. We have a pair of these dragonflies on our pond.

22 Sep 2019
  • North Lanarkshire
  • Surprise visitor
  • I was joined in my garden yesterday by what I think was a Common darter female. She sat on the top of a spent foxglove, in the sun, for a long time.

21 Sep 2019
  • Warwickshire
  • First Record for Willow Emerald Damselfly in VC38
  • A male Willow Emerld Damselfly was spotted on a pool at a local private site. At the moment the location must remain confidential. It is the first record in Warwickshire for Willow Emerald Damselfly.

21 Sep 2019
  • Derbyshire
  • Late Banded Demoiselle on the wing
  • I haven’t sent any records to BDS for a while but I am a member. I stayed in youlgreve in Derbyshire for the weekend of 21st September and whilst walking along the river Bradford I spotted a single male banded demoiselle on the wing. It was an unusually warm sunny weekend but this seemed a really late one to me. Regards Mat Bingham

21 Sep 2019
  • Merseyside
  • Common Darter
  • We think it was a Common Darter on our pond in the garden

21 Sep 2019
  • Norfolk
  • Norfolk Hawker
  • My back garden in Briston.

21 Sep 2019
  • East Lothian
  • Darter
  • Red veined darter dragonfly.
    Aberlady bay
    East lothian
    Many on path.
    Mating while in flight.

21 Sep 2019
  • Rutland
  • Common darter mating
  • The mating couple were flying above my small still garden pond. The male was pushing down the female who was dipping her tail into the water onto one of my bushy pond plants. They then parted and flew off but the male returned and landed by the pond for several minutes soon after parting.

21 Sep 2019
  • Derbyshire
  • Garden full of dragonflies
  • Five dragonflies think they migrant hawkers. Flying around back garden in a city suburb

21 Sep 2019
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Willow Emerald near Houghton Mill
  • A female Willow Emerald Damselfly perched in riverside trees near the two benches at the head of the side-stream which diverts water from the Great Ouse to Houghton Mill, this afternoon. First time I’ve seen the species in this location.

21 Sep 2019
  • Gloucestershire and Bristol
  • Common Darters laying eggs
  • Male and female Common Darters in tandem laying eggs by female dipping tail into the water surface around marginal plants in garden pond. Second male also present.

20 Sep 2019
  • Perth and Kinross
  • Perthshire white-faced darter
  • Upper Strathtay garden-pond crashlander (rescued) – female white-faced darter. [Unsure that this id is correct. This would be very late for White-faced Darter – GHM BDS]

20 Sep 2019
  • Greater London
  • Golden ringed dragonfly
  • Seen for a second timethis weekaround my 6ftx8ft garden pond in SE6, very glamorous visitor

20 Sep 2019
  • North Yorkshire
  • Emperor laying eggs
  • A female emperor laying eggs on moss covered rocks next to my garden pond. Harrogate N.Yorks

20 Sep 2019
  • Sussex
  • A rare jewel
  • Willow Emerald damselfly (Male) basking on reed stems in hot sun Rye
    East Sussex

    Also lots of Migrant Hawkers and a single Blue-tailed Damselfly

20 Sep 2019
  • Cumbria
  • Another recording from Lily Tarn
  • In addition to the species seen on 16 September (common hawkers, black darters, common darters, emerald damselflies and common blue damselflies), during a second visit to the tarn yesterday a few southern hawkers and a lone golden-ringed dragonfly were seen, taking the total number of species currently in flight there to seven.

20 Sep 2019
  • Derbyshire
  • Visitor to New Pond
  • Thrilled to see first dragonfly landing on log and flying over pond. It was a male Common Darter investigating my wildlife pond set up only last week by DWT.

20 Sep 2019
Celia Monks
  • Lancashire
  • Beutiful blue
  • A beutiful blue marked Dragonfly hitched a ride in my van from Staining in Blackpool to Penwortham in Preston,I belive it to be a Azure Hawker after comparing pictures on the site,we where working in a quite secluded place with ponds and woodland so im guessing would be good habitat for it.
    I have several pictures of it for identification purposes. [Unlikely to be an Azure Hawker in Lancashire as these are a Scottish Highland species. It was most probably a blue form of the Southern Hawker – GHM BDS]

20 Sep 2019
  • Kent
  • Gold ringed Dragonfly popped in for tea
  • A beautiful afternoon in Bromley so we have the bi-fold doors open. A gold ringed dragonfly came through the doors and flew about the house for a while before we managed to coax it back from where it came. What a cracker!

19 Sep 2019
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Willow Emerald Damselfly Nottingham
  • A willow emerald damselfly at Bulwell Hall County Park Lakes the northern one on the eastern side confirm with photos was a lot larger then the emerald damselfly this is my 13th species at Bulwell Hall park

19 Sep 2019
  • Tyne and Wear
  • Common darters trying to be more common.
  • Watched a pair laying eggs in my two wildlife ponds. See darters and others regularly.

19 Sep 2019
  • Devon
  • Southern Hawker
  • This female Southern Hawker was seen ovipositing in my pond at my house in Hawkchurch (Post Code EX13 5TZ).

19 Sep 2019
  • Isle of Wight
  • Southern Emerald’s in the sunshine.
  • A beautiful day to see the Southern Emerald’s at Yarmouth with a female and seven seperate male sightings.Later, several more male damselfly sightings and a joined pair.

17 Sep 2019
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Conservatory visitor
  • Female Emperor Dragonfly on the blinds in our conservatory. Built up area on the edge of green space in Hucknall, Notts.

16 Sep 2019
  • Cumbria
  • A plethora of beasties at Lily Tarn, near Ambleside
  • No fewer than five different species were seen at Lily Tarn today. Around a dozen or so common hawkers were skittering around and squibbling over territories, with a few pairs in tandem and ovipositing females also being seen. A similar number of black darters were also present, again with some pairs in tandem. Two or three common darters were being chased off prime basking spots by the black darters. Three pairs of emerald damselflies were seen, all in the wheel, plus two lone males. Completing the list was one solitary common blue damselfly.

16 Sep 2019
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