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


Details of 2 ID days and Whixall Moss tours in 2021- see Events Page

Willow Emerald species page now available under Species Coming Soon…

All change for 2021-  Sue Rees Evans is really pleased to be returning to the role of County Recorder and will be keen to receive all your sightings and great photos as the season gets underway.


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

Autumn glory…

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Just checking records on iRecord and found this wonderful picture of Common Hawker taken by Geoff Hall at Wildmoor Pool a few days ago. The light on the wings is beautiful and I couldn't resist...

Bizarre Ovipositing…

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Whenever dragonflies are spotted ovipositing in odd places it always seems to be a Southern Hawker. Jan Shields photographed this female ovipositing in dry moss at the base of an old dry birdbath just a...

Winging our way towards autumn…

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Incredibly it's September tomorrow, but judging by records coming in from the weekend there's still a lot of dragonfly activity to be enjoyed. Miles Leach has been at a pond near the base of Brown Clee Hill...