The pond that started it all
in 2009. Such unrivalled diversity for one pond,
offering a glimpse of the New Forest in one small
package. The pond itself
is reasonably shallow, accessible and contains a reed-filled island offering
a wealth of habitats for the 20 breeding species.
Cadnam Common, and the rest of the area making up the 'Bramshaw Commons,
are managed by The National Trust and Stagbury Pond is in my opinion the
best for dragonfly activity for miles, even when it dries out considerably
during long periods without rain.
In May the pond is a riot of activity with Downy Emeralds vying for attention
among the numerous Broad-bodied and Four-spotted Chasers. Later in the
season look for the rare Small Red-eyed or even Scarce Blue-tailed damselflies
skimming across the surface and in late summer hawkers patrolling the edges;
including the locally-rare Moorland Hawker.
The south bank contains an
extensive thicket of gorse which is always worth
thorough exploration, especially for photographers
looking for perched opportunities, although frankly the
pond itself is one of the best
photographer-friendly ponds to be found in the area.
A short walk to the south you will find a bridge over a more extensive
boggy area, fed by seepages which are home to a small population of Scarce
There are no dedicated car parks but roadside parking is available along the Furzey to Newbridge road. Take care to avoid damage to the soft verges and park away from the main carriageway if you don't want to get hit by a passing tractor. A short walk west brings you to the pond