This blog is about my birding exploits, which mainly take place in the Weymouth/Portland area, in Dorset. Will also include stuff from elsewhere, plus some other critters too. Hope you enjoy. All photographs are © Brett Spencer, unless indicated otherwise. The above image is of a Siberian Rubythroat, taken in Holland in 2016.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

A Bit Of Dragonfly News

Went to check on a couple of Damselfly species local to my home. First off, Small Red-eyed Damselfly. In Weymouth, this species is best seen at Bennetts Water Gardens, but can also be seen at Granby Ponds, Chickerell Downs and has also been seen at Radipole Lake. For those wishing to see them without paying to go into Bennetts Water Gardens, it's best now to go to Chickerell Downs. Take the turning for Bennetts Water Gardens and a little way on from it's entrance is an area to pull in and park the car. Go through the gate, the path splits shortly after the gate, take the path that leads off to the right and after a few yards the pool is visible in front of you. This site offers good views with binoculars. Sadly, Granby Ponds is now very overgrown and a telescope is needed for views of them at this site.

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.

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