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
  • 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
  • Hampshire
  • 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.

21 Sep 2020
  • Isle of Wight
  • Southern Hawker (2) laying eggs
  • 2 SHs, laying eggs on reed stems in garden pond. Isle of Wight

20 Sep 2020
  • Greater London
  • Suburban garden visitor
  • Female Southern Hawker dragonfly seen in suburban garden in London.

20 Sep 2020
  • Herefordshire
  • Emperor visits
  • Emperor dragonfly inspecting our newly created wildlife pond has been around for three or four days

20 Sep 2020
  • Argyll and Bute
  • Lochside Emperor
  • Male Emperor hunting across a road between beechwood verge and shoreside rough vegetation.

20 Sep 2020
  • Somerset
  • 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.

20 Sep 2020
  • Pembrokeshire
  • 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.

19 Sep 2020
  • Cumbria
  • Female Black Darter
  • Female Black Darter, Duddon Mosses

18 Sep 2020
  • Sussex
  • 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.

18 Sep 2020
  • Surrey
  • 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.

18 Sep 2020
  • 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!

18 Sep 2020
  • Essex
  • Ruddy darters on Louth canal
  • Several along footpath by canal

18 Sep 2020
  • Cumbria
  • Seen Hawking around Duddon Mosses
  • Common Hawker male Duddon Mosses resting on boardwalk

18 Sep 2020
  • Cumbria
  • Black Darter in shiny black
  • Black Darter male, Duddon Mosses

18 Sep 2020
  • Leicestershire
  • 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.

17 Sep 2020
  • Highland
  • Black Darter – Uath Lochans
  • At least 3 male Black Darter on boardwalk of white trail at Uath Lochans this afternoon.

17 Sep 2020
  • Highland
  • 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.

17 Sep 2020
  • Wiltshire
  • Last year and again this week.
  • Very Large Southern Hawker, ( I think). Comes into house , has a good look round sitting room and leaves.

17 Sep 2020
  • Norfolk
  • 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.

17 Sep 2020
  • Northamptonshire
  • Willow Emerald Damselfly
  • Willow Emerald Damselfly at Barnwell Country Park, Oundle

17 Sep 2020
  • Staffordshire
  • 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.

16 Sep 2020
  • Greater London
  • Red-veined Darter
  • Seen by new wildlife pond at Walworth Garden.

16 Sep 2020
  • Northumberland
  • Stunning Southern Hawkers
  • Several Male and Female Southern Hawkers in flight and at rest perched on long grasses and high in the tree canopy

16 Sep 2020
  • 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

16 Sep 2020
  • Nottinghamshire
  • 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 .

15 Sep 2020
  • Sussex
  • 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.

15 Sep 2020
  • Northamptonshire
  • backgarden pond
  • male Southern Hawker+Common Darter 15.9.20 pond in backgarden

15 Sep 2020
  • North East
  • Spectacular
  • 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

15 Sep 2020
  • Derbyshire
  • Garden visitor
  • Southern Hawker in rear garden on 2 consecutive days

15 Sep 2020
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