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Table of Latest Flight dates

Table of Earliest Flight dates

November 16th 2016 - Three Common Darter at Bubbenhall Meadow

October 18th 2016 - Very late flying Black-tailed Skimmers and other late flyers

September 21st 2016 - Black Darter at Pooley Fields

September 1st 2016 - Latest flights

July 23rd 2016     - Heart of England Forest meeting report

July 9th 2016       - Bubbenhall Meadow meeting report

July 20th 2016     - Sightings update

June 5th 2016     - Distribution maps & first flight table updated with the latest records

May 29th 2016   - Stop press!! Scarce Chaser breeding proved in Warwickshire

May 22nd 2016  - Alvecote Wood field meeting proves Hairy Dragonfly is breeding there

May 14th 2016   - Proof of breeding Hairy Dragonflies at Wormleighton Reservoir plus flying Red-eyed Damselflies and Beautiful Demoiselle on the Stour

May 12th 2016   - Blue-tailed and Azure Damselflies emerging at Wormleighton Reservoir

May 8th 2016     - Flying Hairy Dragonflies and Four-spotted Chaser

May 7th 2016     - First flying Banded Demoiselles and more Large Red Damselflies

April 20th 2016  - First record of the year for Large Red Damselfly in the county

February 2016   - Report for 2015 published in the BDS Darter journal.



Table of Latest Dates Recorded in Warwickshire

Species
Date 2016
Latest before 2016
Site for 2016
Recorder 2016
Azure Damselfly. 30.8.2016
15.9.1969
Brandon Marsh
Glenn Arkinstall
Azure Damselfly. 30.8.2016
15.9.1969
Brandon Marsh
Glenn Arkinstall
Azure Damselfly. 30.8.2016
15.9.1969
Brandon Marsh
Glenn Arkinstall
Banded Demoiselle. 20.8.2016
3.11.1995
Wormleighton Reservoir.
Jon Bowley
Beautiful Demoiselle. 27.7.2016
3.9.2012
Cuttle Pool
Dennis woodward
Black Darter. 21.9.2016
12.10.2009
Alvecote Pooley Fields
Jon Bowley
Black-tailed Skimmer. 23.9.2016
14.9.2008
Winderton. garden pond.
Jill Roberts
Blue-tailed Damselfly. 30.8.2016
12.10.1990
Brandon Marsh
Glenn Arkinstall
Blue-tailed Damselfly. 30.8.2016
12.10.1990
Bubbenhall Meadow
Kay & Peter Reeve
Blue-tailed Damselfly. 30.8.2016
12.10.1990
Brandon Marsh
Glenn Arkinstall
Broad-bodied Chaser. 23.7.2016
31.8.1992
Heart of England Forest., Morton Bagot,field pond
Kay & Peter Reeve
Broad-bodied Chaser. 23.7.2016
31.8.1992
Baddesley Village Pond
Ron Thomas
Broad-bodied Chaser. 23.7.2016
31.8.1992
Heart of England Forest., Morton Bagot, pool
Kay & Peter Reeve
Broad-bodied Chaser. 23.7.2016
31.8.1992
Wormleighton Reservoir.
Jon Bowley
Brown Hawker. 23.9.2016
27.10.2014
Wormleighton Reservoir.
Jon Bowley
Common Blue Damselfly. 3.10.2016
17.11.2011
Ufton Fields, Ridge and furrow pools
Chris & Annette Baker
Common Darter. 29.11.2016
6.12.2009
Ryton Pools
Steve Batt
Emerald Damselfly. 18.9.2016
2.10.2015
Bubbenhall Meadow
Jim Timms
Emperor Dragonfly. 23.8.2016
12.10.2012
Bubbenhall Meadow
Jim Timms
Four-spotted Chaser. 22.7.2016
1.9.2009
Alvecote Wood
Sarah Walters
Hairy Dragonfly. 5.7.2016
2.7.2009
Brandon Marsh
Jim Timms
Large Red Damselfly. 22.7.2016
31.8.1983
Alvecote Wood
Sarah Walters
Migrant Hawker. 28.10.2016
20.11.2014
Dost Hill
John Harris
Migrant Hawker. 28.10.2016
20.11.2014
Middleton Lakes, RSPB Reserve
John Harris
Red-eyed Damselfly. 11.9.2016
15.9.2012
Brandon Marsh
Jim Timms
Ruddy Darter. 23.9.2016
25.10.2011
Wormleighton Reservoir.
Jon Bowley
Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly. 26.6.2016
26.8.2007
Salford Priors
Jon Bowley
Scarce Chaser. 27.7.2016
18.7.2015
Avon, Bidford Grange (Pilgrims) Lock
Peter Dooley
Scarce Chaser. 27.7.2016
18.7.2015
Avon, Barton
Kay & Peter Reeve
Small Red-eyed Damselfly. 11.9.2016
30.9.2015
Tithe Farm Pond
Kay & Peter Reeve
Small Red-eyed Damselfly. 11.9.2016
30.9.2015
Brandon Marsh
Jim Timms
Southern Hawker. 30.10.2016
12.11.2015
Berrils Hill Lane, Cherington.
Jill Roberts
White-legged Damselfly. 4.8.2016
19.9.2015
Wormleighton Reservoir.
Kay & Peter Reeve
If you have any later dates for 2016 or later times for previous years please let me have them.

Mick Schilling was able to supply a new latest date for White-legged Damselfly. He spotted one at Wixford on 19th September last year, 2015. The previous latest date was the 15th September 1969! It was at Alvecote Pools and seen by M. A. Arnold.


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Table of Earliest Dates Recorded in Warwickshire

Species
Date 2016
Earliest before 2016
Site for 2016
Recorder 2016
Azure Damselfly.12.5.2016
28.4.2011
Wormleighton Reservoir.
Jon Bowley
Banded Demoiselle.6.5.2016
20.4.2011
Tame, Middleton, by RSPB reserve
Maggie Perris
Banded Demoiselle.6.5.2016
20.4.2011
Middleton Lakes, RSPB Reserve
Member RSPB team
Beautiful Demoiselle.14.5.2016
30.4.2011
Stour, Weston Mill
Jill Roberts
Black Darter.21.9.2016
18.8.2008
Alvecote Pooley Fields
Jon Bowley
Black-tailed Skimmer.29.5.2016
6.5.2011
Middleton Lakes RSPB Reserve
Member RSPB team
Blue-tailed Damselfly.12.5.2016
22.4.2011
Wormleighton Reservoir.
Jon Bowley
Broad-bodied Chaser.17.5.2016
23.4.2011
Stockton Reservoir
Glyn Clarke
Brown Hawker.13.6.2016
8.6.2009
Brandon Marsh
Ian Harris
Common Blue Damselfly.22.5.2016
23.4.2011
Bubbenhall Meadow
Jim Timms
Common Blue Damselfly.22.5.2016
23.4.2011
Heart of England Forest., Netherstead Court, Morton Bagot
R.E. Harbird
Common Darter.5.6.2016
10.5.1982
Bubbenhall Wood
Jim Timms
Emerald Damselfly.19.6.2016
21.5.2007
Morton Bagot
R.E. Harbird
Emperor Dragonfly.5.6.2016
13.5.2011
Alvecote Wood
Sarah Walters
Four-spotted Chaser.8.5.2016
23.4.2011
Bubbenhall Meadow
Jim Timms
Hairy Dragonfly.8.5.2016
26.4.2007
Stockton Quarry
Kay & Peter Reeve
Large Red Damselfly.20.4.2016
12.4.2011
Bubbenhall Meadow
Jim Timms
Migrant Hawker.4.7.2016
18.6.1996
Blythe, Duke Bridge, Coleshiil
Jon Bowley
Red-eyed Damselfly.14.5.2016
2.5.2011
Wormleighton Reservoir.
Kay & Peter Reeve
Ruddy Darter.26.6.2016
24.6.2006
Bubbenhall Meadow
Jim Timms
Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly.26.6.2016
18.5.2014
Salford Priors
Jon Bowley
Scarce Chaser.29.5.2016
12.6.2014
Avon, Marlcliff
Kay & Peter Reeve
Small Red-eyed Damselfly.2.7.2016
19.6.2014
Salford Priors
Mick Schilling
Southern Hawker.26.6.2016
10.5.1982
Kingsbury Colliery site, Spoil area
Andy Barnsley
White-legged Damselfly.20.5.2016
14.5.2003
Avon, Marlcliff
Mick Schilling
If you have any earlier dates for 2016 or earlier times for previous years please let me have them.


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November 16th - Three Common Darter at Bubbenhall Meadow

Will these Common Darters be the last flying dragonflies in Warwickshire this year? Jim Timms sent this short email on 16th November:

We had not seen any dragonflies for nearly three weeks but today at Bubbenhall we had three Common Darters on the meadow.

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October 18th - Very late flying Black-tailed Skimmers and other late flyers

Jill Roberts- Black-tailed Skimmer 12/9/2016Jill Roberts photographed this Black-tailed Skimmer at Winderton on 29th September, a very late date for the species and the latest record to date of it flying in Warwickshire. It is a particularly interesting record for more reasons. The immature coloration is still showing through blue pruinescence in several places on the abdomen - this suggests it is fairly young. The life cycle for the species in the UK is believed to be 2 or 3 years. May be this is an "early 2017" emergence. However Jill was not content with just a male and saw a female too and watched the two mating. Was the female an "early" emerger too?

As the last flight table shows, some species are still flying. The most numerous are Common Darter and Migrant Hawker but also the occasional Southern Hawker. A lovely and also nearly pristine male of the last species was photographed by Kay Reeve at Bubbenhall Meadow, 15th October (on slide film, when it is processed an image will be put on this page).

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September 21st - Black Darter at Pooley Country Park.

Jon Bowley spotted a Black Darter at Pooley Country Park Here is his report:

On September 21st during a LWS survey of the giant colliery spoil mound at Pooley Country Park (SK258037) I came across a male Black Darter sunbathing on a large patch of lichen (probably Cladonia portentosa). This was at the foot of the spoil mound on the east side where there is some good acid grassland and patches of heather amongst the birches. I had a good view through binoculars but when I tried to edge forward to get a picture with my phone it flew off and I did not see it again.

Although presumably a vagrant, has anyone looked for it recently in the acid pools in Pooley CP to the north-west of this hill?

The last Black Darter recorded in Warwickshire was in September 2012 at Middleton Hall. Vagrants appear in the county every few years but not often enough.

Records up to the 23rd September have been processed and the latest flights table updated. There is still time for more sightings - send them in.

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September 1st - Latest flights

The latest flights table has its first outing for 2016. While the entry for some species may truly be the latest this year we can expect more later records for many species. Please go out in the next three or even four months and send in your records of what you see. Last(?) year there were even a few individuals seen in January 2016 - not in Warwickshire.

As the note below the table of latest dates shows, late dates from years before current one may extend the known flight period for a species in Warwickshire and add to the knowledge of its phenology.

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July 23rd - Heart of England Forest meeting report

WDG at HoE ForestThe Forest is the legacy to the nation of publisher Felix Dennis. It is currently some 3000 acres in extent with great ambitions for future enlargement. The forest comprises a mix of woodland, grassland and wetland areas. (See the Forest website: http://www.heartofenglandforest.com/.)

We were to visit two of the wetland areas at Middle Spernall and Neatherstead.

Fourteen set off from Middle Spernall Farm through the deer fence to the two pools in this part of the forest. The weather was warm and sunny - a good day to find dragonflies. The first pool was a little disappointing. A release of several hundred Mallard the previous year had cleared it of almost all vegetation. The second pool was in better condition for dragonflies and by the time we returned to our cars for lunch we had recorded eight species there: Banded Demoiselle, Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damselflies; Brown Hawker, Emperor Dragonfly, Black-tailed Skimmer and Ruddy and Common Darter.

After lunch we moved to the second site at Neatherstead. In this area there are several pools of varying size. The photograph shows a pool that received most attention from the group. It had good emergent, floating and submerged vegetation. Here we recorded ten species: Emerald Damselfly, Azure and Common Blue Damselfly, Red-eyed and Small Red-eyed Damselfly; Emperor Dragonfly, Brown Hawker, Broad-bodied Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmer and Ruddy Darter.

It was an enjoyable day and at the two sites visited a total of twelve species were seen and recorded. Many thanks go the Head Forester Stephen Coffey and his team for enabling the visit.

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July 9th - Bubbenhall Meadow meeting report

Bubbenhall Meadow August 2016The weather was really poor when we left home, cloudy, windy and raining. When our party of nine optimistic odonatists assembled at the parking spot the rain cleared. Though it continued cloudy and windy it was warm the rest of the day and there were occasional brighter periods. In total we recorded eleven species. Nine as flying adults and two as exuvia only. A lot of Southern Hawker exuvia (20+) were found at one pool. One member of the party got so excited we finished up having to pull her out of the pool. Luckily, the only damage sustained was a wellington full of water.

The species list was: Emerald (20+), Blue-tailed (20+), Common Blue (100+) and one Azure Damselflies; one Brown and 20+ Southern Hawker exuvia; an Emperor Dragonfly exuvia; one exuvia and two adult Four-spotted Chasers; a Black-tailed Skimmer; two adult Common Darter and an emergent with its exuvia and one emergent Ruddy Darter.
What at the start appeared to be a hopeless day for dragonfly recording turned out to be very enjoyable and productive. Optimism rewarded!

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July 20th - Sighting update

Many new sightings have been received since the last update of the news page on June 5th - thanks to those who supplied them. The hiatus is the result of a 25 day trip to NW Scotland followed by the competing pressures of processing the records and getting out in the field to see dragonflies! Enough of excuses.

The data are now up to date on the website and all the records received so far for 2016 are on the distribution maps. From the first flights table we see that all our county breeding species are now on the wing. Also, no exotic vagrant species have been reported yet this year.

The field meeting to Bubbenhall Meadow turned out to be a sucessful and enjoyable day. The very ominous weather in the morning ameliorated some what and we recorded eleven species. A longer report will be made later.

The following species merit a little more comment: Beautiful Demoiselle, Hairy Dragonfly and Scarce Chaser.

Beautiful Demoiselle

Donna Mallon;s Virgo on the Cole
Beautiful Demoiselle on the Cole
  Photo by Donna Mallon
A very interesting record for this species was sent in by Donna Mallon. This male Beautiful Demoiselle was photographed by Donna on the river Cole in Yardley Wood, 9th June. It is the furthest into the Birmingham conurbation that the species has been recorded on the Cole, albeit by only a few hundred metres. [Post publication note: This sighting was erroneously put into Warwickshire but is just over the border in Worcestershire. Des Jennings recorded the species at almost the same location in 2014.] Des Jennings sent in a number of records for further down the river, see the Report for the 2014 BDS Darter journal.

Hairy Dragonfly

Dave
                   Mounts 2016 male Hairy
Male Hairy Dragonfly at Brandon Marsh
  Photo by Dave Mount

The Hairy Dragonfly continues to appear at new sites. Annette & Chris Baker spotted a male while doing their monitoring transect at Ufton Fields on Grebe Pool the 9th June. There is suitable breeding habitat at Ufton for the species and it will be interesting to see what develops there in the next few years.

There are more reports of Hairy at Brandon Marsh. Dave Mount photographed this male on 25th May. Several more were reported in the following weeks. This is another site with plenty of suitable breeding habitat and the species may already be breeding there. Proof of breeding beyond doubt awaits either the sighting an emerging individual prior to flying or locating an exuvia. A nice project for next year!

As reported below, breeding has been proved at Wormleighton Reservoir this year.

There have been a couple of sightings of Hairy Dragonfly away from suitable breeding habitat -  at Long Itchington railway cutting and at Stockton locks. They are likely to be maturing or prospecting individuals.

Scarce Chaser


The Scarce Chaser has done well this year. Breeding on the Avon has been proved, see the 29th May report below.

Mick Schilling has considerably extended the recorded range of the species. In his email of 4th July he reports:

Sunday 3rd July, Wixford, River Arrow, SP 08729 54410 one male adult Scarce Chaser with signs of having mated. No other individuals seen. This is first for me in 4 years of visiting this location on a regular basis. Is it the first Scarce Chaser away from the Avon in the county? I am guessing it has wandered from Marlcliff, as the confluence is not that far down  stream of marlcliff lock? [See photo on the left]

It is the first report of the species away from the Avon and by about 4km. as the Scarce Chaser flies. Mick's supposition that it was just a lone wanderer was contradicted by his seeing two mated males on the same part of the Arrow 17th July. Mick will have to spend time looking for exuvia there in two years time!

Kay and Peter Reeve visited the Avon about a mile upstream of Bidford bridge at Barton on 10th July. On the bank by the Dorsington Forest car park good numbers of Scarce Chaser were found on about a 300/400 metre length. This is the farthest up the Avon the even year population has been recorded. Kay was able to photograph five males. The mating marks, or lack of them, on the abdomen shows they are different individuals, Check for your self by clicking through the images.

On a subsequent visit to the Avon on 17th July the species was much less evident. None were found on a search upstream of the Barton car park to the lock (about 300/400 metres of bank) and a repeated search of the length of bank visited on the 10th was fruitless too - that is, until one male was seen on the walk back to the car park. It could be because they are dispersing further up the Avon - but a quick visit to Welford later in the day produced nothing.

Without doubt, the species is expanding its range and increasing numbers in the Avon water basin and it is well worth keeping an eye out for them on the Avon and tributaries.


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June 5th - Distribution maps & first flights table updated with the latest records

All records received to date are on the distribution maps. The new data has left the first flights table is unchanged.

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May 29th - Stop press!! Scarce Chaser breeding proved in Warwickshire

Kay Reeve found a Scarce Chaser exuvia at Marlcliff on the Avon. The first positive proof that the species is successfully completing its life cycle in Warwickshire. A little further up the bank Peter Reeve found a badly damaged, moribund preflight emergent.

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May 22nd - Alvecote Wood field meeting proves Hairy Dragonfly is breeding there

WDG
                   at Alvecote Wood, 22-05-2016
Group about to set off.

Quad
                         emerging at alvecote Wood 22-5-2016
Emerging Four-spotted Chaser
at Alvecote Wood
We arrived in very promising bright and warm conditions after a particularly vile Saturday. The nine visitors with our two hosts, Sarah Walters and Stephen Briggs, set off full of hope to Betty's Wood. a area of woodland, newly planted, in 2010 that includes areas of grassland and, for us more importantly, ponds hoping to prove breeding of Hairy Dragonfly.

We arrived at the first of the ponds and almost immediately saw a female Hairy Dragonfly ovipositing and were entertained by a number of Four-spotted Chasers including a some emerging. An exuvia hunt ensued and it was not long before a keen eyed observer spotted the first Hairy exuvia of the day - Hairy breeding was proved. Howard deployed his patent exuvia recovery device to collect it.

We continued our observations and in the next two hours counted between six and eight male Hairy Dragonflies holding territory and collected a total of six exuvia on three different ponds in Betty's Wood. There were loads of emerging Four-spots and even more Four-spot exuvia. Also, twenty or so Large Red Damselflies, a few Azure Damselflies and fewer Blue-tailed Damselflies.

Everything went just perfectly and we were really pleased to be able to prove breeding of Hairy Dragonfly Alvecote Wood, a new breeding site for Warwickshire.

We owe thanks to our host, Sarah and Stephen, and hope to make a visit in the future.

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May 14th - Proof of breeding Hairy Dragonflies at Wormleighton Reservoir plus Red-eyed Damselflies and Beautiful Demoiselle on the Stour


Wormleighton Hairy Exuvia 15/5/2016
Hairy Dragonfly exuvia at Wormleighton Reservoir
Kay and Peter Reeve went to Wormleighton Reservoir hoping to find evidence of breeding Hairy Dragonflies there. Adults have been seen there in five of the last eight years and have show breeding behaviour but no emerging adults or exuvia had been found to positively prove sucessful breeding.

Kay and Peter went straight to the nearest fishing platform and scanned the marginal reed bed. Almost immediately an exuvia was spotted and quickly a second was found. The photo to the left shows one of them. They were both about three to four inches above the water level and two to three feet from the waters edge - too far out from the edge to easily recover without considerable wetting. It was decided to employ the "wet stick recovery method" to collect them. The exuvia are dislodged using walking poles causing them to drop into the water, they are then recovered by putting the pole basket under the floating exuvia to which it will adhere. It can then be gently landed. The wet exuvia are potted and dried at home. We now have positive proof that Hairy Dragonfly successfully completes its life cycle at Wormleighton Reservoir - it is the third site in Warwickshire where there is positive proof of breeding.
Red-eye at
                                                                      Wormleighton 13/5/2016
Red-eyed Damselfly at Wormleighton Reservoir
On the same visit to Wormleighton three newly emerged Red-eyed damselflies were seen in the bank side vegetation at the north end of the reservoir, the first record this species in VC38 this year - so far. In the same area were a number of Blue-tailed and Azure Damselflies including one copulating pair of Blue-tails.
Beautiful Demoiselle, Stour 14/5/2016
Beautiful Demoiselle, River Stour
Photo by: Jill Roberts
Jill Roberts photographed this Beautiful Demoiselle at Weston Mill on the River Stour. The first record for this species in Warwickshire this year.


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May 12th - Blue-tailed and Azure Damselflies emerging at Wormleighton Reservoir

Jonathan Bowley visited Wormleighton Reservoir and made the first record received for Blue-tailed and Azure Damselflies in the county. As he says:

Good news from Wormleighton Reservoir on a short visit at lunchtime today (May 12th) โ€“ one Hairy Dragonfly on north-west bank (SP426518) and on adjoining hedge. I thought that they had probably gone from here.

Also about 20+ newly emerged Blue-tailed Damselflies and c.10 Azure Damselflies in the same area. These are the first dragonflies I have seen in the county this year.

It is good news about the Hairy Dragonfly, the last record was for 2014 - none were recorded there last year. The record is well in the emergence period for the species, could it have emerged at the Reservoir?

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May 8th - Flying Hairy Dragonflies and Four-spotted Dragonfly

B.
                   pratense female @ Stockton Quarry 8/5/2016
Emerging female Hairy Dragonfly
A visit to Stockton Quarry today by Kay and Peter Reeve proved very successful after some searching. Two emerging female Hairy Dragonflies beside their exuvia were found. A photo of one of the females is shown on the left. A third exuvia was also found.

The only other odonates seen were three newly emerged Large Red Damselflies. On a visit on the 4th May to Stockton there were no dragonflies. It is probable these were the first Hairy Dragonflies to emerge at Stockton this year, the odd exuvia recovered was very fresh and could have emerged today too.

Jim Timms has sent in the first report for Four-spotted Chaser seen at Bubbenhall Meadow among more than a dozen Large Red Damselflies. He says in his mail: All were disturbed from the vegetation as we passed or we may not have seen anything. Nothing on the ponds.

Annette and Chris Baker did their first 2016 monitoring transect today and found four Large Red Damselflies at one of the three pools they survey.

The first flights table has been up date with the Hairy record.

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May 7th - First Flying Banded Demoiselle and more Large Red Damselflies

LRD
                   @ Snitterfield, 5 May 2016
Large Red Damselfly, Snitterfield Bushed

Maggie Perris sent the following email from the Middleton Lakes RSPB monitoring team:

Disappointing 1st survey today[ [6 May]. Nothing showing despite good or even excellent conditions . However, on stopping for a little luncheon on nearby bench, we were treated to a beautiful male demosoiselle that stayed, perched for ages allowing all of us, including a new recruit, an excellent view .

This is the first flying Banded Demioselle of 2016 in the county. It almost certainly from the Tame which runs through the Reserve. The Tame is proving productive, Andy Barnsley recorded several more today, 7th May, further upstream at Coton. The Tame is obviously an early river, the first Banded Demoiselle last year was also sighted at Middleton Lakes.

New sighting of Large Red Damselflies at Alvecote Wood by Sarah Walters and Mick Schilling on 3rd and 4th May respectively.

Kay and Peter Reeve turned up a couple of Large Red Damselflies at Snitterfield Bushes on 5th May - a photo of a female is shown, left.


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April 20th - First record of the year for Large Red Damselfly in the county

Earlies LRD dates The mean date for the years 2000 to 2016 is 22nd April.

The flight season has begun. Three Large Red Damselflies were seen By Jim Timms at Bubbenhall Meadow. As the first flights table shows it is not the earliest of years. However it is interesting to look at historical early dates. The histogram on the left shows the earliest dates for the Large Red Damselfly for the period from 2000. It shows that this year's date is is slightly earlier than the mean date for the period of 22nd April. Though, it is later than the flight dates for four of the previous five years. The dates for 2001 and 2013 of the 5th May are worth a comment. The spring of 2013 was very cold and the late May date does reflect that. The date in 2001 probably does not, it was the year of the foot and mouth epidemic and restrictions delayed recording in the wider countryside. The specimen seen on the 5th May emerged from our garden pond.

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March 2016 - Report for 2015 published in the BDS Darter journal.

The BDS publishes the "Darter" every year. It is a communication journal for the county recorders. Below is article supplied to the journal Warwickshire, VC 38. It is slightly different from the published copy - some editing was done.

Warwickshire โ€“ VC 38

Kay and Peter Reeve

Fulva at
                        Charlecote - SchillingEmerging dragonflies had a slow start in the county in 2015 and their individual numbers were down. No species was early and some spring species were two or more weeks behind their earliest date in the county. Southern Hawker Aeshna cyanea was first seen on 14th June compared with the earliest ever date ever of 10thMay. Brown Hawker A. grandis was also a month late at 19th June. For most species that set the trend for the year

All county breeding species appeared in the end with the exception of Club-tailed Dragonfly Gomphus vulgatissimus. The status of the Club-tail on the Avon, not just in VC 38 but in Worcestershire too, appears very precarious. It is not clear what is happening to it. Our small and growing population of Scarce Chaser Libellula fulva on the Avon near Bidford is doing well on its two year cycle (2015 is an โ€œoffโ€ year). Further, in the highlight of the year, a new immigration of the species arrived on the Avon at Charlecote Park. This is some 12 miles upstream of the Bidford population. The first individual was photographed by Mick Schilling on 5th July and on subsequent visits to the site more were seen with a maximum of three individuals on one visit. All those seen were males holding territory.

The number of record received in 2015 was down on the 2014 record of 1623 by about 200. But given the weather conditions of the year, which deterred both dragonflies and recorders, it is a good total.


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