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


Larvae and exuviae ID course and volunteer day- Nov 4th & 25th 2021- see events page

Please keep me posted with later sightings as we stretch into autumn and don’t forget to send in all your valuable records so I can report as accurately as possible on the season. Ideal deadline for records by Xmas, thank you.

Willow Emerald species page now available under Species Coming Soon…


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

A mild mid-October…

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Very mild temperatures mean a good few records are still coming in with Southern Hawker, Common Darter and Migrant Hawker all out and about. Jan Shields took these photos of a female Migrant Hawker ovipositing...

Not just any common-or-garden hawker…

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Adrian Jones has sent in this lovely photo of a Common Hawker seen over a period of 2 days in his wildlife garden in Shrewsbury. Though named a Common Hawker this species is far from...

The wing beat goes on…

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As we launch into October with sunny skies it will be interesting to see how the remaining dragonflies fare. Incoming records show a reasonable number of species still on the wing in the last couple...