Category: UK

Bluets and their Pronota

[Another transcription of an article written for the BDS Hawker e-publication.] Bluet is a succinct term encompassing two genera, Coenagrion and Enallagma. These are the Blue-striped Damselflies which usually follow hot on the heels of the Large Red Damselfly in

Posted in 2022, Articles, UK

Anticipating Large Reds

[This is a transcription of an identification article I wrote for the BDS in March 2022.] It’s the same every year: as spring approaches the odonata fan base holds its collective breath in anticipation of the new season, usually heralded

Posted in 2022, Articles, UK

Norfolk, July 2015

Having recently returned from France with a 2-week side trip to Spain, My boss today headed back to Spain along with her mum. Sister was supposed to go, too, but that’s another story. I did the airport run dropping my

Posted in 2015, Trip reports, UK

New Forest, May 2014

View Dragonfly Sites, UK in a larger map We are fans of the New Forest in the south of England but, for one reason or another, we didn’t get to visit it in 2013. So, withdrawal symptoms were setting in.

Posted in 2014, Trip reports, UK

My First of 2014

Now back and settled after returning from a wet week in the Lake District, where the start of the Odo season in Bedfordshire eluded me, today I set out on my own first sorties. My initial target was to check

Posted in 2014, News, UK

Bedfordshire Kick-off, 2014

Just a quickie to note that today a couple of friends from the BNHS [Bedfordshire Natural History Society] snagged photographic evidence that our year’s first Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) had emerged at Duck End NR near Maulden. And there

Posted in 2014, News, UK

Norfolk, Sep 2013

Having fallen in love with Norfolk once again after an absence of more than 20 years, and my boss having run off back to Italy for a third week this year, this time in the company of her mother, I

Posted in 2013, Trip reports, UK

Norfolk, Jun 2013

Swiftly on the heels of our trip to Shropshire in search of the White-faced Darters (Leucorrhinia dubia), came a trip to Norfolk in search of my second missing localized celebrity, the Norfolk Hawker/Green-eyed Hawker (Aeshna isoceles). The Norfolk Broads is

Posted in 2013, Trip reports, UK

Shropshire, Jun 2013

My desire to get the cataract in my right eye fixed enforced a stay in the UK during May and June, so we had to forego a planned trip to France hunting orchids and Odos. Making the most of our

Posted in 2013, Trip reports, UK

Burnham Beeches: 8-Nov-2012

This was really a trip to Burnham Beeches intended for some landscape photography of autumnal colours. It was fortunate that, having arranged to meet a friend there, the weather was more or less as forecast and was dry with occasional

Posted in 2012, Trip reports, UK

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