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Ramsdown Forest Studland Heath
Grid Reference SZ 03244 84060

Studland Heath has always been a favourite destination of mine for it's diversity of fauna and as a prime dragonfly site . Large populations of Hairy Dragonfly can be found among the heath to the south of Little Sea. Be aware that a visit is best attempted as early as possible in the day to avoid the crowds. There is a National Trust car park where charges apply and this is best for the Hairy';s, which tend to congregate around the pools and channels here..

Another prime spot is the north bank of Little Sea which can be approached by parking here. Follow the track south-west to the thickets of gorse and heather here and explore the whole area.. Downy Emerald, Four-spotted Chasers and Hairy are present along with hundreds of Blue-tailed, Large Red and Azure.

The whole area from the ferry crossing. around the shore and to the first major path left from the road is a prime spot for the Ruddy Darter.
Key Species
Southern Hawker Brown Hawker Common Hawker Migrant Hawker Emperor
Hairy Dragonfly Downy Emerald Black Darter Ruddy Darter Common Darter
Broad-bodied Chaser Four-spotted Chaser Azure Common Blue Red-eyed
Ramsdown Forest Index Troublefield

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