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




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. The earlier deadline is due to data being exported to the NBN at an earlier date- sorry for the rush & thank you for your records.

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

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

Another day another record…

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The latest ever resident Shropshire species record now sits with Common Darter - 2 individuals pictured here and seen by Stephen Barlow at Whixall Moss on 25th November....will they last to December?

Face to face with the latest Black Darter…

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...and now we have 2 species seen on the latest date ever for resident dragonflies in Shropshire. Here is Stephen Barlow face to face with a darter taken an hour or so ago on Whixall...

Latest ever record of Shropshire resident species!

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The sun is out and the sky is blue and we have a Shropshire record for you! Stephen Barlow has been out today (22nd November) on Whixall Moss and photographed this female Common Darter within...