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: Mild autumn could mean late sightings this year so keep on the lookout. Also a good time to start gathering your records – to me by Xmas at the latest please so I can then write the newsletter.


Photograph © R.Stokes

Twenty- one 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

Looking promising for November…

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Records have been coming in from Dudmaston and Whixall Moss right up to the end of October. This makes me hopeful that fireworks won't be the only things whizzing through the skies in November...and we...

Basking in autumn sunshine…

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A magnificent Migrant Hawker seen by Stephen Barlow enjoying the autumnal sunshine at Whixall Moss. Stephen also photographed female Common Darter (below left) and Black Darter (below right) -both fairly over mature drab individuals making...

Mild autumn could lead to late records…

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Amazingly we're zipping through October and haven't turned the heating on yet...and that can only be good for dragonflies! Stephen Barlow reports that good numbers of Black Darter are still on the wing at Whixall...