|Male Small Red-eyed Damselfly at Chickerell Downs today.|
Next, I went to check Tidmoor rifle range. This was the only known site for Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly in the Weymouth and Portland area after two former sites, one on Portland and one in Weymouth were lost. Sadly, due to lack of management, this site has become too overgrown and thus, the last remaining site has also been lost. They were never numerous at any of the sites, but certainly the Tidmoor site had the potential to be managed in such a way as to encourage the species to prosper. Sadly, when I first found them there and told relevant authorities of their existence, I was met with a complete lack of interest. I pretty much knew they were doomed because of that. There is still hope I may find the species again locally, but any site found is doomed unless the site is managed specifically for it's needs.
|Male Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly at Tidmoor in 2010.|