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Badminston Common Blashford Lakes
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Broomy Pond

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 Ellingham Pound, where the Lesser Emperor has been known to visit on a few occasions.

Be sure to check out the
Centre Pond for patrolling hawkers, including superb opportunities to witness the Brown Hawker in close proximity.
Key Species
Southern Hawker Brown Hawker Migrant Hawker Emperor Golden-ringed Dragonfly
Downy Emerald Common Darters Broad-bodied Chasers Four-spotted Chasers Banded Demoiselle
Beautiful Demoiselles Azure Damselfly Common Blue Damselfly Red-eyed Damselfly Blue-tailed Damselfly

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