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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: Sign up to help our Upland Dragonflies as part of the Stepping Stones Project- click here for full details!


SHROPSHIRE BIODIVERSITY HOTSPOTS MAP now available on the Recording-Where page. Take a look at this great interactive resource telling you what species are where and so highlighting those areas in need of more recording.


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

Twelve 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

Large Reds on the wing at Whixall..

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Stephen Barlow reports around 12 Large Red Damselflies also seen on 12th April at Whixall Moss including the female pictured here. Reportedly they took a fair amount of hunting down in fairly windy and dull…

Shropshire flight season launches!

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Finally some sunshine..and yes the first Shropshire damselflies are on the wing...well damselfly! A single Large Red female seen at Jan Shields pond in Hanwood. This weekend is supposed to be relatively spring like so…

Watching & Waiting…

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April is here and that usually means the emergence of our first Large Red Damselflies. The earliest ever Shropshire record was April 8th so it's worth keeping an eye out (in between the endless rain)…

Common Darters still about

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Jan Shields has sent in some lovely Common Darter photos from Whixall Moss on November 5th. All individuals are pictured basking in the autumn sunshine. The female (pictured left) is over mature and so darker…