Skip to main content
close x

Golden-ringed dragonfly

Golden-ringed dragonfly

This wonderful species is widespread in the New Forest and fairly common along many of the streams. In the UK it is also found in Scotland, Wales and the south-west of England.

Golden-ringed dragonflies breed in small, open streams on heaths and upland areas. They require open, running water, but not in large volumes. The heathland streams of the New Forest are ideal and they can often be seen patrolling the streams in ones or twos. They can also be seen out on the open heath away from water as they search for food or fly from one stream to another. The adults fly in June, July and August. Many of the New Forest streams will hold them and it is difficult to select any particular site that is better than the rest.

Photo credit: Simon Curson

ID Tip

ID Tip

Golden-ringed dragonflies are unmistakable. They are the biggest dragonfly we have and are banded black and gold, like huge thin wasps. It is wonderful to watch two males that meet along a stream. They will clash together, spiralling into the air before breaking off and continuing to patrol their chosen stretch of stream.

Lead Ranger


'To help ground nesting birds rear their young safely, keep yourself, dogs and ridden horses on the main tracks from the beginning of March to the end of August.'

Newsletter Image





Six free walking routes when you sign up for New Forest Newsletter

Subscribe to New Forest National Park Authority

By entering your email below you are consenting to us sending you newsletters. To unsubscribe, email More info:

I think you mistyped your email
Your interests (tick at least one)

Please select one

By signing up to this form you are consenting to receive emails from us. Each email will contain a link to your personal reference settings where you can opt-out or change which emails you receive from us. Please read our Privacy Policy for more information about how we use data.

Subscribe to New Forest National Park Authority

Thanks, your subscription has been confirmed. You've been added to our list and your New Forest walking pack is on its way to you, including a link to download our free app.