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: First Shropshire Sighting 18th April!  See the blog for details. Full details of all 2017 dragonfly events are on the events page including a great chance to get involved in the Clubtail Count 2017! 


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

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Clouds of Banded Demoiselles…

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Between the more predictable clouds of rain at the weekend Jan Shields was fortunate to see 'clouds of Banded Demoiselles' on the River Severn in Shrewsbury. A male (left) and female are shown here with the...

Azures finding a sunny spot…

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Andy Beech has sent in this lovely shot of Azure Damselflies in cop near Shrewsbury. The photo clearly shows the coenagrion spur on the side of the thorax in the male and female and also the...

Eye-dentification tip…

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Pardon the pun, but Jan Shields has sent in this lovely close up of a female Common Clubtail and it's the ideal opportunity to mention that this is the only species of dragonfly (as opposed...