Sunday 28th

The first Southern Hawker was seen along the Haven this morning.

Thursday 25th

The first Ruddy Darter of the year and another Scarce Chaser were in the Haven and a male Red-veined Darter was scudding about over Restharrow Scrape.

Wednesday 24th

The improvement continued today with the first Brown Hawker of the year, in the Elms, a male Banded Demoiselle in Little Gully and another 2 Common Darters.

Tuesday 23rd

6 Black-tailed Skimmers were hawking over the scrape this afternoon – the first of the year.

Monday 22nd

After overnight rain cleared in mid morning some reluctant sunshine encouraged the appearance of the season’s first Common Darter, while all three chasers were recorded on the Estate.

Friday 19th

A possible Red-veined Darter on Royal St.George’s footpath on the 17th was confirmed this afternoon when a male was seen at more or less the same spot.

Sunday 14th

Sunshine! Well, in the afternoon at least, encouraging the appearance of 4 Scarce Chasers along the Delf Stream.

Friday 12th

The weekly treat to warm, humid conditions was rewarded by a (locally) astonishing count of 109 Banded Demoiselles on the public bit of the North Stream near the Observatory.

Friday 5th

Hairy Dragonfly in the Haven by Andrew Lipczynski
Hairy Dragonfly in the Haven by Andrew Lipczynski

A warm, humid night encouraged a large emergence of Banded Demoiselles on the North Stream, with at least 45 males and 12 females between the start of the farm track and the small concrete bridge at the entrance to the blackthorn hedge that leads to the railway. This species has been increasing recently, but these are unprecedented numbers and at least 250 Blue-tailed Damselflies were present along the same stretch of the river.

Thursday 4th

After a fractious start to the month this morning was notable for five Red-eyed Damselflies and two male Banded Demoiselles along the North Stream.

Monday 1st

3 emerging Emperors were doing their best to get going on the Estate this morning, with 21 exuviae close by indicating that decent numbers have already managed to do so.