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Kilwood Copse Moors Valley Country Park
Grid Reference SU 10534 05755
Morden Bog

Moors Valley Country Park is a popular day out for tourists and locals alike and is usually full of screaming kids, but if that doesn't put you off the park has lakes and ponds with a good selection of dragonflies. Red-eyd Damselflies are numorous around the main lake, espeially in the fishing stands. At the far end of the lake the path crosses the infant Moors River, ideal for Demoiselles and Golden-ringed.

If you wish to avoid the crowds and don't want to pay a parking fee I suggest entering the area from the Verwood side. There is free
parking along the Ringwood to Verwood Road..

Follow the track due south and take the second path through the woods on the right whcih leads down to a wide boggy area with several small pools. This is an excellent site for Black Darters and Common Emerald. The forest rides are also excellent for patrolling hawkers late in the season.
Key Species
Southern Hawker Brown Hawker Migrant Hawker Emperor Golden-ringed Dragonfly
Black Darter Common Darter Broad-bodied Chaser Scarce Chaser Four-spotted Chaser
Black-tailed Skimmer Banded Demoiselles Beautiful Demoiselle Small Red Azure
Common Blue Red-eyed Blue-tailed Large Red Common Emerald
Kilwood Copse Index Morden Bog

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