North Wales Dragonflies

Covering the Vice Counties of Merionethshire (48), Caernarvonshire (49), Denbighshire (50), Flintshire (51) and Anglesey (52)


A warm welcome to the North Wales dragonfly webpage! I’m Allan Brandon and currently the dragonfly or Odonata recorder for all five beautiful North Wales vice counties of Merionethshire (48), Caernarvonshire (49), Denbighshire (50), Flintshire (51) and Anglesey (52). I became the North Wales recorder in 2004 and since that time have explored many of the water bodies across the region observing dragonflies and gathering records. I have also collated thousands of records every year that have been sent directly to me by numerous recorders across North Wales or visitors to the region. I also act as verifier for Odonata records entered online at Cofnod, the local records centre for North Wales -

In 2014 the BDS published a new British and Irish atlas at the hectad (10 km square) scale or resolution. It is hoped to publish a further atlas for North Wales at the tetrad (2 km square) scale in the next few years. All your records are still valuable and I would encourage you to keep sending them in if you are certain of the species identifications. If you are a beginner and not certain of the ID why not take a photograph, it doesn’t have to be a prize-winning shot, and send it to me for identification. With a minimum of details it could then be entered as a new record for North Wales. Methods of recording and submitting records are given here.

The basic details required to compile a record are: species name (with photo if not confident of ID), whether adult or another life stage such as larva, recorder’s name, date seen, location name, grid reference (6- or better 8-figure grid reference), a brief description of the watery environment associated with the sighting if appropriate.

Additional details for recording could include numbers of each life stage present, i.e. adults, copulations, ovipositions (egg layings), larvae, exuviae and emergences. The importance of these various stages increases from left to right. The presence of exuviae and emergence are the most important records as they demonstrate successful breeding at a particular site. Numbers can be rough extimates as in A = 1, B = 2-5, C = 6 – 20, D = 21 = 100, E = 101 – 500, F =  >501.

‘Y Fursen’ - North Wales Dragonfly Newsletter

I produce the newsletter, sent out by e-mail on an irregular basis depending on the amount of news available. If you wish to subscribe to the newsletter, which is free, please send me your e-mail address. The newsletter contains anything to do with Odonata in or relevant to North Wales, for instance recent discoveries, future events, photographs, poems, cartoons, links to videos, and I would encourage you to contribute anything of interest.

The newsletters can be accessed on the News page of the Cofnod site.

If you have any comments or queries regarding submission of records, species identification or simply wish to get in touch with regards to the newsletter it would be great to hear from you. My email is (delete _antispam first).

IMPORTANT: When contacting me, particularly for the first time, please put an appropriate subject reference with your email.