Latest Sightings and News

Total species recorded during the 2017 season is 23

Common Club-tail (Gomphus vulgatissimus)
Hairy Dragonfly (Brachytron pratense)

Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea)
Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis)

Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator)
Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata)
Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa)
Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea)
Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum)
Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)
Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum)
Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii)
Black Darter (Sympetrum danae)

Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo)
Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens)
Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)
Emerald Damselfly (Lestes sponsa)
Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum)
Red-eyed Damselfly (Erythromma najas)
Small Red-eyed Damselfly (Erythromma viridulum)
Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans
Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella)
Variable Damselfly (Coenagrion pulchellum)


Male Common Darter at Swettenham Meadow 18.7.17. Photo © Sheelagh Halsey.

19.7.17
A single Southern Hawker was flying at Macclesfield Riverside Park (97C SJ913746) today.


Male Variable Damselfly at Hatchmere 18.7.17. Photo © Brian Baird.

18.7.17
At Middlewood (98M SJ946846) I saw Brown Hawker and Common Darter flying. Sheelagh Halsey was at Swettenham Meadows (86D SJ804675) where she saw Banded Demoiselle, Azure Damselfly, Brown Hawker, Southern Hawker and Common Darter. At Hatchmere (57 SJ552720) Brian Baird found a single Variable Damselfly and also saw Red-eyed Damselfly and Black Darter.


Ovipositing Brown Hawker at Anderton Nature Park 17.7.17. Photo © Pete Leicester.

17.7.17
On the eastern fringe of the county Andy Goodwin was at Cheshire's Close (85U SJ866588) where the small ponds and seepages yielded a couple of late Large Red Damselfly along with Azure Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Emerald Damselfly, Brown Hawker, Emperor Dragonfly. Broad-bodied Chaser and Common Darter. Brian Baird was at Rixton Claypits (69V SJ685901) where there were ten species flying - Emerald Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Azure Damselfly, Brown Hawker, Emperor Dragonfly, Four-spotted Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmer, Common Darter and Ruddy Darter.


Male Ruddy Darter at Rixton Claypits17.7.17. Photo © Brian Baird.


Male Four-spotted Chaser at Warmingham Flash 12.7.17. Photo © Dennis Swaby.

16.7.17
Rob Dodgson reports Brown Hawker and Emperor Dragonfly at Slater's Pit, Runcorn (58L SJ547837).

13.7.17
In Higher Poynton (98L SJ944838) today there were several Brown Hawker flying. Pete Leicester reports plenty of Banded Demoiselle at Rudheath (67R SJ671728) along with Southern Hawker, Brown Hawker and Emperor Dragonfly.


Male Black-tailed Skimmer at Neumanns Flash 12.7.17. Photo © Pete Leicester.


A pair of Small Red-eyed Damselflies at Warmingham Flash 12.7.17. Photo © Dennis Swaby.

12.7.17
It is turning into the year of the Black-tailed Skimmer; I cannot remember receiving anywhere near as many records as for 2017. Pete Leicester found plenty at Neumanns Flash (67S SJ664753) and Sheelagh Halsey also saw some at Rostherne (78L SJ752839) with Southern Hawker and Brown Hawker. Over at Warmingham Flash (76B SJ716632) Andy Goodwin saw three ovipositing pairs of Small Red-eyed Damselfly. Dennis Swaby was at Maw Green (75D SJ713574) and saw Brown Hawker, Emperor Dragonfly, Four-spotted Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmer, Common Darter and Ruddy Darter. A heartening record is of several Banded Demoiselle at Woolston Weir (68P SJ653887) on the Mersey when Brian Baird visited. The Mersey is now reasonably clean and supporting a good range of wildlife.
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Male Southern Hawker at Rostherne 12.7.17. Photo © Sheelagh Halsey.


Female Brown Hawker at Poynton Pool 9.7.17. Photo © Alison Lilley.

9.7.17
The pond at Brereton Heath Park (76X SJ799649) had just a few Brown Hawker and Common Blue Damselfly when Sheelagh Halsey visited. Over at Poynton Pool (98H SJ923845) Alison Lilley found an ovipositing female Brown Hawker. Paul Brewster saw a female Downy Emerald at Shemmy Moss (56Z SJ598688).


Male Black-tailed Skimmer at Sandbach Flashes 7.7.17. Photo © Dennis Swaby.

8.7.17
Brian Baird reports seeing Emperor Dragonfly, Four-spotted Chaser, Ruddy Darter and Emerald Damselfly at Woolston Eyes (68U SJ665886).


Male Black Darter at Abbots Moss 7.7.17. Photo © Paul Brewster.

7.7.17
Paul Brewster reports Southern Hawker with Red-eyed Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly and Emerald Damselfly at Newchurch Common (66E SJ605688) he also saw Emperor Dragonfly at Gull Pool (66E SJ602688). Additionally there was a Black Darter at Abbots Moss (56Z SJ594689). Dennis Swaby saw , Emperor Dragonfly, Brown Hawker, Banded Demoiselle, Common Blue Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly and at Sandbach Flashes (75J SJ728595) and Andy Goodwin was able to confirm that Small Red-eyed Damselfly is once again present at Warmingham Flash (76B SJ716632).


Male Ruddy Darter at Leftwich 6.7.17. Photo © Alan Redley.

6.7.17
Sheelagh Halsey was at Rostherne (78L SJ752839) again and found Black-tailed Skimmer, Emperor Dragonfly, Brown Hawker, Banded Demoiselle, Common Blue Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly and Azure Damselfly. Alan Redley saw a Ruddy Darter at Leftwich (67Q SJ665710).


Female Common Darter at Woolston Eyes 2.7.17. Photo © Brian Baird.

4.7.17
At Poynton Pool (98H SJ923845) Alison Lilley saw a female Banded Demoiselle.


Male Black-tailed Skimmer at Poynton Pool 2.7.17. Photo © Alison Lilley.


Male Brown Hawker at Billinge Green Flash 2.7.17.
Photo © John Beresford.

2.7.17
Another busy day with John Beresford spotting Black-tailed Skimmer, Brown Hawker, Red-eyed Damselfly and Common Blue Damselfly at Billinge Green Flash (67V SJ682713). Moore Nature Reserve (58X SJ587858) yielded Southern Hawker, Common Blue Damselfly and Blue-tailed Damselfly for Sheelagh Halse whilst Pete Leicester took a walk around the Northwich Community Woodlands where he saw Black-tailed Skimmer. Southern Hawker and Common Darter at Neumann's Flash (67V SJ682713), and at Marbury Park (67N SJ655761) he found Brown Hawker, Common Darter and Ruddy Darter. At Poynton Pool (98H SJ923845) Alison Lilley found Black-tailed Skimmer whilst at Woolston Eyes () Brian Baird recorded Brown Hawker, Emperor Dragonfly, Four-spotted Chaser and Common Darter.


Female Ruddy Darter at Slater's Meadow, Runcorm 2.7.17. Photo © Rob Dodgson.


Male Ruddy Darter at Marbury Park 2.7.17. Photo © Pete Leicester.

Also out and about was Rob Dodgson who called at Slater's Meadow in Runcorn (58L SJ549836) where he saw Black-tailed Skimmer, Ruddy Darter, Common Blue Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly and Azure Damselfly.


Blue-tailed Damselflies at New Pool, Whitegate 1.7.17. Photo © John Beresford.

1.7.17
Brian Baird found several Banded Demoiselle on the Sankey Brook (58V SJ587916) whilst Sheelagh Halsey was at Rostherne (78L SJ752839) and saw Black-tailed Skimmer, Southern Hawker and Brown Hawker. At New Pool, Whitegate (66J SJ626696) John Beresford recorded Broad-bodied Chaser, Brown Hawker and Blue-tailed Damselfly. Paul Brewster saw Brown Hawker at Newchurch Common (66E SJ605688) and Sue Barrow found emerging Southern Hawker at Higher Poynton (98L SJ943838).


Female Southern Hawker at Rostherne 1.7.17. Photo © Sheelagh Halsey.

 
 
 
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Last updated 20.7.2017