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Warren Heath Basingstoke Canal
Grid Reference SU 84215 52827
Testwood Lakes

The Basingstoke Canal has long been favoured as a prime dragonfly location and is significant for being a hot-spot for the Brilliant Emerald. The problem is where to look. In summer 2011 a friend invited me kayaking down a stretch which helped give me an insight as we passed open stretches and reeded margins.

I returned to the spot during 2012 after studying the map and although the day was overcast I did get to see a few common species. Further research pointed me further west to the area bordering Farnborough Airfield, but after a few days of further exploring I've since moved on to more productive locations.
Key Species
Southern Hawker Brown Hawker Migrant Hawker Emperor Downy Emerald
Brilliant Emerald Ruddy Darters Common Darter Broad-bodied Chaser Four-spotted Chaser
Black-tailed Skimmer Banded Demoiselle Azure Common Blue Red-eyed
Warren Heath Index Testwood Lakes

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