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


Dragonfly Events for 2020 all postponed until further notice- events page updated as details emerge.

Some unusual sightings so far this year for some of our Shropshire rarities; Downy Emerald and White-faced Darter both recorded in ‘strange places’ so keep your eyes open and keep us posted….


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

White-faced Darters still about..

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David Williams has been enjoying White-faced Darters still on the wing at Whixall Moss. I would expect an individual of this early spring species to look far more world weary in late June, but this...

Southern Hawkers emerging…

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Jan Shields has sent in some lovely photos of Southern Hawker emerging from her garden pond...15 so far and probably many more by the time I write this! The male is seen here (left) with...

Golden-ringed on the wing and some stunning Emperor pics…

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Paul Spear has sent in the first photo of Golden-ringed Dragonfly in a somewhat 'wonky' state seen at Catherton Common. He has also sent in these stunning photos of male and female Emperors. The flight...