Image courtesy of John Lindley
riverbank & private gardens dragonfly walk
When: Sunday 13th June (fully booked) and Sunday 20th June (limited spaces available)
Where: South Stoke slipway
Who: the walk will be led by John Lindley
We will start from the Slipway, where we should hopefully spot the spectacular Banded Demoiselle. From there, we'll head up the footpath towards the Four Arches bridge, looking for other Damselflies, and (if we're very lucky) a sighting of the Common Clubtail Dragonfly (don't be fooled by the name, it's a nationally rare species). We'll then move on to two private properties where there are large ponds, where we should see Four-Spotted Chaser and Broad-Bodied Chaser dragonflies, as well as the Large Red Damselfly. We'll finish up on Ferry Lane, opposite Ashmount House. Throughout the walk, we'll also be keeping our eyes open for Butterflies and other insects.
The walk will take approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours, and we'll be walking over rough ground and damp areas, so appropriate footwear is important. All ages and levels of knowledge are welcome, but good behaviour from small ones will be appreciated, especially when we're on private property. As always with such events, we can't guarantee what we'll see, so an element of patience and forbearance will help. We'll be going at a gentle pace, so there will be plenty of opportunity to take photos and discuss what we see.