I visited Swinley Forest after reading reports of Brilliant Emerald sightings.
This large area of woodland and valley mire is surrounded by urban sprawl
and is used as a country park for the receation of the surrounding population,
but once you get away from the crowds there are some glorious woodland
ponds and hidden boggy rides to explore.
The first of these ponds is
Mill Pond, a semi-wooded pond bordered by wet valley mire, while further south is
Rapley Lake. Both are ideal spots for the Brilliant Emerald.