Where to see Dorset Dragonflies: A rough guide
Dragonflies spend most of their lives as aquatic larvae and need water in which to breed and so adult dragonflies will be most likely to be seen near to water bodies. During the summer months look out for dragonflies around rivers, streams, lakes, gravel pits, ponds & heathland bogs.
In Dorset any heathland site with water will contain many different species and good dragonfly rivers include the River Stour, River Allen, River Piddle, Moors River and River Mude.
Below is a list of easily accessible Nature Reserves which are well known for dragonflies with links to the sites themselves, directions & accessibility.
Do you know of any great sites for dragonflies in Dorset?
This is not an exhaustive list but a rough guide and if you know of any great places to see dragonflies, so this can be expanded, please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dorset Wildlife TrustUpton Heath Nature Reserve
Troublefield Nature Reserve
Sopley Common Nature Reserve
Tadnoll Heath & Winfrith Nature Reserve
Brownsea Island Nature Reserve
Higher Hyde Heath Nature Reserve
Christchurch CouncilTown Common
St Catherine’s Hill
Natural England NNR Reserves
Southern Hawker (photo © Jane Adams)