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Norfolk hawker
Norfolk Hawker dragonfly in flight

Norfolk hawker Aeshna isoceles

The rare Norfolk hawker is a pale brown dragonfly, with a distinctive yellow triangle on its body. It is only found in unpolluted fens, marshes and ditches of the Broads National Park in Norfolk and Suffolk. Image: Gary Last (Flickr). 

Find out more: iNaturalist, Suffolk Wildlife TrustBritish Dragonfly Society 



There are now over 41,800 records on the SBIS Database. The Suffolk Local Dragonfly Group has collected thousands of records for a completely new issue of Suffolk Dragonflies (sample below).


A countywide survey was run by SBRC from 1986 to 1991, over 7,000 records were computerised using the RECORDER program. Guidance on identification and recording can be found on the British Dragonfly Society website.


Major Publications

The Dragonflies of Suffolk. C. Morley (TSNS 1: 18)


Suffolk Dragonflies - An Atlas and History. 1992 Mendel SNS.
Suffolk Dragonflies 2016 Mason & Parr SNS.

Other papers from Suffolk Natural History

Odonata recording in Suffolk during 2011. A. Parr (2012) Open
Suffolk Dragonflies 2005. K. Morris (2006) Open
Occurrence of the Small Red-eyed Damselfly Erythromma viridulum in West Suffolk during 2002. D. K. Underwood (2003) Open
The discovery and observations of the Small Red-eyed Damselfly (Erythromma viridulum) at a Suffolk site in 2001. N. Sherman (2002) Open
The Scarce Chaser (Libellula fulva) on the River Stour. S. Goddard (2001) Open
Invasion of Dragonflies in 1995. H. Mendel & M.G. Marsh (1996) Open
Suffolk dragonflies. H. Mendel (1988) Open
Hobby taking Migrant Hawker Dragonflies. S.H. Piotrowski (1988) Open
Suffolk dragonfly survey. P.A. Belden (1983) p.394 Open
The Emperor Dragonfly, Anax imperator. S. Beaufoy (1978) Open
Suffolk Dragonflies. S. Beaufoy (1973) Open
Emperor Dragonfly. S. Beaufoy (1957) Open
The Dragonflies of Suffolk. C. Morley (1929) Open


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