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


It’s that time of year to make sure all your Shropshire dragonfly observations count. If you haven’t sent in your records via iRecord or straight to Vicki then please do by Christmas- THANK YOU!

Small Red-eyed Damselfly in Shropshire- seen at Dudmaston and Whixall Moss…so far…

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

Still on the wing…

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Stephen Barlow may have been unexpectedly dodging the 'un-forecast' showers on Whixall Moss, but he knew where to look and found this male Black Darter basking in the brief sunny spells in between! A nice record for...

Autumnal round up…

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Having been unexpectedly unable to blog for a few weeks I thought I'd post some photos of our autumnal regulars; Migrant Hawker (female left and male below), Brown Hawker (male below right) and Black Darter...

Dawn Delights…

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Andrew Fusek Peters has sent in some truly stunning photos taken on 29th September on the Long Mynd. Andrew took these pictures at dawn and has been rewarded with the amazing spectacle of dew on...