Shropshire Dragonflies

Shropshire Dragonflies

Shropshire Dragonflies

Welcome to the fascinating world of Shropshire dragonflies!

The aim of this website is to encourage all who have an interest in dragonflies to get to know them better and become involved in identifying and recording the species you see in Shropshire.

Only in this way can we establish those habitats of greatest importance in conserving our local populations. So grab your binoculars, cross your fingers for Shropshire sunshine and go out and enjoy these fabulous insects!

Click on the menus to find:

  • Photographs, descriptions and distribution maps of all Shropshire species
  • Top tips on identification and a guide to recording so you can join in!
  • The latest sightings in the Shropshire Dragonfly Watch blog and the annual Shropshire Dragonfly News
  • Local dragonfly events providing a chance to get some hands on identification experience
  • Information on Shropshire dragonfly habitats and  places to visit
  • Details of the incredible dragonfly life cycle

STOP PRESS: Spring 2018 newsletter now available with an introduction to our new Shropshire County Dragonfly Recorder Vicky Nall!

DRAGONFLY HOT SPOT LAUNCH this weekend! – see events page.


Photograph © R.Stokes

Twenty- two species of dragonfly have been recorded in Shropshire. Click the link below to find out more.

More about Dragonflies



Photograph © G. Hiatt

Eleven species of damselfly have been recorded in Shropshire. Click the link below to find out more.

More about Damselflies


Photograph © G. Hiatt

Find out how to identify our Shropshire species and top tips to make life easier!

More about identification

Latest from our blog

Broad-bodied and slightly slimmer…

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Tim Preston has sent in a great photo of the male Broad-bodied Chaser (left) also seen at Shawbury Heath this week and it gives me a chance to post this alongside the female (right). When seen...

White-legged Damselflies at Whixall

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Stephen Barlow reports White-legged Damselflies on Llangollen Canal at Whixall Moss and Whixall Marl Allotment -seeing in excess of 50. This species is being surveyed by the BDS this year so all sightings are particularly  important...

Broad-bodied Chasers and Beautiful Demoiselles on the wing

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Tim Preston has been out and about on Shawbury Heath to find the first Broad-bodied Chasers basking in the heat. He captured this beautiful photo of a female illustrating very clearly why they are so...