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


2019 event details now on Events page. Please get in touch if you have a Shropshire based dragonfly event you’d like me to advertise on this site.

A big THANK YOU to all who have been recording dragon and damselflies this year -our County Dragonfly Recorder Vicky is busy sorting data and also has a new married surname Fletcher -congratulations!


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

Clubtails on the River Severn…

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The first Shropshire based Clubtails have been seen on the River Severn at Coalbrookdale by Paul Spear. Five were spotted on Sunday and not only has Paul sent in some lovely pics of a female,...

Four more species take to the skies…

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It seems Whixall Moss is leading the way again with first sightings. As my pond in Shrewsbury is only just getting underway with good numbers of Large Red Damselflies and Four-spotted Chasers emerging, up at...

The joy of exuviae!

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I was just sauntering passed Radbrook Pond on Sunday when I found these 2 exuviae. The larger of the 2 is Red-eyed Damselfly- a distinctively large exuviae with bands visible on the caudal lamellae (below...