The Fauna, Flora and Geology of Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
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  • Broad-bodied Chaser by Roger Foster
  • Common Darter by Adriana Buskin
  • Common Blue Damselfly by Roger Foster
  • Broad-bodied Chaser by Roger Foster

Dragonflies

Species of Odonata – Dragonflies and Damselflies – can be found in any of the aquatic habitats in the Newbiggin area from April to October. The Road Pool and SUDs pool of site 5 have been particularly productive over the years. The Mound and the wet areas of the golf course can also be good.

A Common Darter
by Adriana Buskin

15 species of Dragonfly and Damselflies have been recorded in the Newbiggin area of the 24 species found in the North East of England. Some of these are migratory species and will only occur during irruption years.

The Odonata are popular with bird watchers as their arrival generally occurs during the quieter months for birdwatching. Also, they are “large”, colourful and very photographable.

Records include:

Emerald Damselfly
Lestes sponsa

Large Red Damselfly
Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Azure Damselfly
Coenagrion puella

Common Blue Damselfly
Enallagma cyathigerum

Blue-Tailed Damselfly
Ischnura elegans

Migrant Hawker
Aeshna mixta

Southern Hawker
Aeshna cyanea 

Emporer Dragonfly
Anax imperator

Four-Spotted Chaser
Libellula quadrimaculata

Broad–Bodied Chaser
Libellula depressa

Common Darter
Sympetrum striolatum

Black Darter
Sympetrum danae

Black-Tailed Skimmer
Orthetrum cancellatum

Red-Veined Darter
Sympetrum fonscolombii

Ruddy Darter
Sympetrum sanguineum

A Four Spotted Chaser
by Roger Foster

(Ruddy Darter and Large Red Damselfly were recorded at Ashington Community Woodlands, QE2 Country Park and “Dougie’s Pond”, neighbouring sites west of the
Newbiggin sites).

A Southern Hawker
by Roger Foster

The Irruption of Red-Veined Darters (July 2009) is detailed in the Bird guides article; “Red-Veined Darters in Northumberland”

An Azure Damselfly
by Roger Foster