Cheshire Odonata 2016
In 2015 no records of Beautiful Demoiselle were made but this year Neil Friswell found several along the Forge Brook in South Cheshire near Wybunbury. I am sure that this species is significantly under-recorded in Cheshire as it occurs in difficult to access locations well away from the centres of population. It would make an interesting project for someone to target this species for a year or two. The White-legged Damselfly is not easy to find in the County as it occurs in very low numbers and can easily be overlooked. Only one record was received from Neil Friswell who found it at Crewe-by-Farndon on the Dee.
One species that seems to be doing well is the Black-tailed Skimmer which has steadily established itself as a breeding species right across from the coast on the Wirral up to the hills of East Cheshire. The two males at Cheshire's Close near to the Staffordshire border provided a new 10km square record in the uplands. It had a flight period in the County of 3½ months.
The colony of Small Red-eyed Damselfly at Warmingham Flash near Sandbach continued to thrive and I would expect it to be found at other suitable habitat in forthcoming years. It was only seen mid-July to mid-August. There were no records submitted for Golden-ringed Dragonfly although an adult was seen near Buxton, close to the boundary.
The final total of species seen during the year was 25.
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