Broad-Bodied Chaser

This distinctive, stout dragonfly can be seen in late spring and early summer around our lakes and ponds. The male has a predominantly dusty blue abdomen and the female is a beautiful golden colour. Fortunately, while its pond habitats are often destroyed, it readily colonises new sites.

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Stag Beetle

This magnificent beetle is Britain’s largest and is, sadly, quite scarce now. The male’s huge ‘antlers’ are in fact overgrown mandibles (jaws) for courtship display and are generally too large and unwieldy for the beetle to be able to bite with them.

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Keeled Skimmer

This dragonfly prefers a habitat with water and acid peat, such as our SSSI, where they can be seen on the wing throughout the summer.

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Alder Leaf Beetle

This shiny midnight blue beetle was believed to be extinct in Britain from 1946 until their rediscovery in 2004, since when it has increased in both range and abundance.

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Silver-Studded Blue

This small, rare butterfly is a UK BAP (Biodiversity Action Plan) Priority Species. Its greatest threat is loss of its heathland habitat.

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