This year's sightings from S. Gloucestershire






Wednesday 19th

The first damselfly of the year was Large Red Damselfly emerging from a pond in a private garden in Longwell Green.


Large Red Damselfly | Donna Harvey



Tuesday 2nd

Several Broad-bodied Chasers emerged from a small pond at Willsbridge Mill today.


Broad-bodied Chaser | Donna Harvey


Sunday 7th

This years first Beautiful Demoiselle was spotted along Siston Brook at Willsbridge and in the Oldbury Power Station environs Large Red, Azure, Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damselfly were all noted.


Beautiful Demoiselle | Donna Harvey


Azure, Blue-tailed and Common Blue Damselfly | Heather England


Monday 15th

Red-eyed damselfly, the first of the year, was noted in a private garden at Wickwar today.


Saturday 20th

Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly, the first of the year, were once again noted at a withheld site near Winterbourne.


Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly | Vic Savery


Monday 22nd

Broad-bodied Chaser and this years first Four-spotted Chaser emerged at Oldbury Power Station today.


Four-spotted Chaser | Heather England


Tuesday 23rd

Lots of dragons on the wing this afternoon at Western Distribution Park, Severn Beach. Including Emperors, Four-spotted Chasers, one or two Hairy Dragonfly and many Black-tailed Skimmers.


Friday 26th

The first Banded Demoiselle of the year was seen on Oldbury Pill and nearby at Oldbury Power Station; Emperor, Broad-bodied Chaser, Four-spotted Chaser and Hairy Dragonfly.


Banded Demoiselle | Heather England


Sunday 28th

A female Scarce Chaser was spotted along the R. Avon adjacent to Cleeve Wood, Hanham.


Scarce Chaser | Donna Harvey



Wednesday 7th

The first Common Darters of the year were logged at Oldbury Power Station today as well as the first Ruddy Darter; that was at Wickwar.


Common Darter | Heather England


Ruddy Darter | Paul Sadley


Friday 16th

An excellent days 'dragging' down on the coast! Two male Red-veined Darters on the old Orchard Pools plus Lesser Emperor.


Red-veined Darter | Vic Savery


Saturday 17th

Orchard Pools, Severn Beach; Female Red-veined Darter from this morning (four males and a female) along with Black-tailed Skimmer, Broad-bodied Chaser, Emperor & lots of damselflies.


Red-veined Darter | Lee Gardiner


Monday 19th

Orchard Pools, Severn Beach; At least three male Red-veined Darters at the corner pool, plenty of Small Red-eyed Damselfly (the first of the year) at Western Approach Pool plus at least one Hairy Dragonfly.


Tuesday 20th

Orchard Pools, Severn Beach; Male Lesser Emperor, Red-veined Darter, Common Darter and immature Black-tailed Skimmer.


Lesser Emperor | Vic Savery


Wednesday 21st

Several Emerald Damselfly, this year's first, were on the wing at Wickwar.


Emerald Damselfly | Paul Sadley


Monday 26th

Fantastic news on the Odonata front! S. Gloucestershire's first ever record of Willow Emerald Damselfly was logged at Orchard Pools, Severn Beach around 19:00 today!


Willow Emerald Damselfly | Vic Savery


Tuesday 27th

Kingsgate Park, Yate: 20+ Small Red-eyed damselfly, 1+ Red-eyed Damselfly, seven Emperor, two Four-spotted Chaser, 6+ Black-tailed Skimmer and lots of Common Blue Damselfly.


Thursday 29th

Orchard Pools, Severn Beach: Dragonflies; Southern Hawker, Emperor, probable Lesser Emperor, Broad-bodied and Four-spotted Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmer, Red-veined, Ruddy and Common Darter. Damselflies; White-legged, Azure, Common Blue, Small Red-eyed and Blue-tailed.



Saturday 1st

Kingsgate Park, Yate: Emperor, Black-tailed Skimmer, Common Darter and Small Red-eyed Damselfly. Mangotsfield: Southern Hawker.


Small Red-eyed Damselfly | Chris Teague


Thursday 13th

A single male Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly at a private site in Winterbourne this evening.


Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly | Vic Savery


Friday 21st

This year's first Brown Hawker was found on Chipping Sodbury Common today.


Sunday 23rd

Lesser Emperor at Orchard Pools, Severn Beach late afternoon (at least one possibly two males seen) plus Ruddy Darter at Western Distribution Pools.


Lesser Emperor | Vic Savery



Tuesday 1st

Migrant Hawker and Lesser Emperor at Orchard Pools, Severn Beach still today.


Lesser Emperor | Allan Chard


Friday 4th

Black-tailed Skimmer and Lesser Emperor still present at Orchard Pools, Severn Beach this evening.


Wednesday 9th

An immature Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly at an undisclosed site at Winterbourne today.


Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly | Vic Savery


Friday 11th

At least one male and two females were recorded for the first time on a small pond near Lagoon II at Oldbury Power Station on August 11th. This is the first sighting of this species in S. Glos since they were first discovered in 2014! Also from OPS today; Southern Hawker, Emperor, Broad-bodied Chaser, Common and Ruddy Darter.


Southern Migrant Hawker | Heather England


Sunday 13th

Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly still present at an undisclosed site in Winterbourne today.


Tuesday 15th

Two males and a female Southern Migrant Hawker still present on a small pond near Lagoon II, Oldbury Power Station today.


Wednesday 16th

A juvenile Red-veined Darter was present at Orchard Pools, Severn Beach today. Nearby, Ruddy Darter and Emperor at Western Distribution. At Oldbury Power Station: Ruddy Darter and Southern Hawker.


Juvenile Red-veined Darter | Vic Savery


Thursday 17th

A female Southern Hawker was seen in a private garden in Longwell Green today. In Kingsgate Park, Yate; Three Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, five Ruddy Darter and a Small Red-eyed Damselfly.


Sunday 20th

Male Southern Migrant Hawker was seen briefly by the Dragonfly Pond at Oldbury Power Station today, but no further sign for the rest of the afternoon. Other species were Common Darter, male and female Emperor and Migrant Hawker.


Tuesday 22nd

Male Southern Migrant Hawker showing very well at Pond at Oldbury Power Station but no sign of the female. Perching readily in left hand side reeds. Also female Emperor, Southern Hawker, Migrant Hawker and Common Darter.


Wednesday 23rd

Up to four Lesser Emperor and good numbers of Migrant Hawker around Orchard Pools and Western Distribution, Severn Beach. At Oldbury Power Station a female Southern Migrant Hawker was still on show along with four Migrant Hawker, two Southern Hawker, Common Darter and lots of Small Red-eyed Damselfly on the lake by the road.


Migrant Hawker | Vic Savery


Thursday 24th

A brief look at pond at Oldbury Power Station revealed a Southern Migrant Hawker still present patrolling at the back of pond. Also two Southern Hawker, Common Darter and Migrant Hawker.




NOTED ON THE WING THIS MONTH: Migrant Hawker, Brown Hawker, Common Darter, Ruddy Darter, Small Red-eyed Damselfly.


Saturday 2nd

Red-veined Darter continued at Orchard Pools, Severn Beach and a Willow Emerald Damselfly was found in Kingsgate Park, Yate just the second ever record for South Gloucestershire!


Red-veined Darter | Vic Savery


Willow Emerald | Mark Coller



NOTED ON THE WING THIS MONTH: Migrant Hawker and Common Darter.



NOTED ON THE WING THIS MONTH: Migrant Hawker and five Common Darter on Willsbridge Millpond on the 20th.