Blashford Lakes is a large area of reclaimed gravel pits managed by Hampshire Wildlife Trust. Renown for water birds it is nevertheless a great site for dragonflies. The close proximity to the River Avon means that this is one of only a few sites within the New Forest where Brown Hawker can be observed.
The best dragonfly activity is along the footpath running south between Ellingham Lake and Dockens Water and the
small clearing beside the stream by the footbridge which leads back to the reserve proper.
It's also worth continuing beyond the gate to the clearing and follow the
road side path which leads back via
where the Lesser Emperor has been known to visit on a
Be sure to check out the
Centre Pond for patrolling hawkers, including superb opportunities to witness the Brown Hawker in close proximity.