Algarve Odonata Project

Onychogomphus forcipatus Small Pincertail

Onychogomphus forcipatus Small Pincertail (Nuno de Santos Loureiro)

Many will already know, but my Odonata surveying is not only confined to East and North Yorkshire.

A few years back, I found myself in the Algarve, Portugal in the summer and took the opportunity to record the Odonata I encountered. Several years later,
a surprise email from Nuno de Santos Loureiro asking for my records has seen us keep in regular contact on the subject and allowed me to explore the subject  further when I can get away from the Cabranosa in Sagres.

Birdwatching in Portugal is slowly catching on, but Odonata recording is still in its infancy. Mapping wise, compared to Yorkshire, and my regular home of  VC61, the Algarve is almost a blank canvas on the Odonata front.

Now Nuno has put together a new blog, with records compiled over recent years.

You may be planning to spend your next holiday walking and birdwatching in the Algarve, southern Portugal. But did you know you can also see numerous species of dragonflies in the region?

Please take a look at which contains detailed information about all the species, flight periods and distribution of Odonata throughout the Algarve.

The aim of the site is to encourage the recording of Odonata across the region. Please share your DAILY SPECIES LISTS with us to enable the Odonata in the Algarve database to increase, as we try to map the distribution of this Order across the region.

Many thanks in advance and we hope you enjoy watching and recording dragonflies during your holiday!

Please note that a complete record includes:

– species (latin name)

– life stage (larva or exuvia or adult)

– date (DD/MM/YYYY)

– co-ordinates (from Google Earth)

– name (and email) of the data supplier

– additional information and/or photographs

To send the records, please contact:

Nuno de Santos Loureiro (PhD)

Universidade do Algarve – FCT

Campus de Gambelas

8005-139 FARO (Portugal)


If you would prefer to send your records to me, please send them to and I will forward them on to my good friend Nuno.


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