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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Old canal - Forest Farm

Several female Large Red Damselfly on the edge of the old canal yesterday, where the lily pads are just appearing. Saw one that had obviously had problems emerging - with tangled wings and a wonky abdomen. No males seen.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017


A Beautiful Demoiselle along Green Lane, St. Mellons (VC35) Cardiff this pm.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Lavernock NR 09/04/2017

Yes Howard I concur the Dragons are making a comeback, found today at the small pond at Lavernock NR a new emergence of Large Reds. About a dozen or more flew up from the reeds and a few more which had just emerged still drying off on the reeds.

Lets hope a good sign of things to come.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Damsels are back ...

Look what turned up in the garden this afternoon - unless I'm mistaken, a stunning female Large Red Damselfly. I am a suitably happy 'grumpy old man'.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Lavernock Point NR & Cosmeston Lakes 06/11/2016

Spent a couple off hours in the morning at Lavernock looking for dragons, it was not until the sun came out and it warmed up that a few showed up at the small pond. Five male Common Darters and one female with a male and the female in tandem and ovipositing.

No others found, with none found at Cosmeston either.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Llanerch Wood 02/11/2016

Spent a Hour at Llanerch Wood to see if any dragons were about, with this barmy weather anything was possible. I was not disappointed there were a few male Common Darters basking in the sun with one chasing a female, also a male Migrant Hawker made an appearance but I was not able to get a photo.

If this weather keeps up I wonder how much longer we will see these Dragons for.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Lavernock Point NR & Cosmeston Lakes 09/10/2016

A bit cold to start but when it warmed up and the sun came out so did the Dragons, around the gun emplacement buildings male Common Darters were Basking In the sun on the ground. At the pond there were plenty of Common Darters some males basking and a few m&f in tandem and ovipositing, a male Migrant Hawker was patroling over the pond.

At Cosmeston on the pond to the left of the visitor centre there were again plenty of Common Darters some basking and some in tandem and ovipositing, there was also three male Migrant Hawkers with one pairing up with a female and copulating.

Walking around the park I also found alot of females basking on fence posts and male Migrant Hawkers patroling the hedgerows.