Welcome To Hampshire Dragonflies
My name is Paul Ritchie and I am an amateur
photographer who is passionate about Dragonflies.
Over the past
ten years I've developed a deep fascination and respect for these beautiful insects, spending many hours hunting and photographing them in their natural habitats. Luckily we are blessed with a fine selection of species here in Hampshire; the New Forest in particular is nationally recognised.
My passion does not restrict me to Hampshire alone. Indeed to do so would be churlish and prevent me from observing dragonflies on the heaths and rivers of Dorset,, Berkshire, and Surrey or the flooded plains of the Somerset Levels or the fens of Norfolk.
My desire is to build a working knowledge of the best dragonfly locations in the UK, be it for specific and share my discoveries for other enthusiasts to enjoy.
Inside you will find
photos, habitats and behaviour details of the
species of dragonfly which occur in the UK.
With the wealth of
identification information already available through books, websites etc
I've concentrated on species behaviour patterns to further aid
identification in the field.
You will also find a useful library (currently) listing
49 prime locations for observing and photographing these wonderful insects,, from moorland ponds, streams and flushes to lowland lakes, fens and rivers. Each location has its own unique habitat to explore and enjoy. Whether you are a naturalist, enthusiast, photographer or just simply curious these pages will help you achieve a more fulfilling experience.