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Hatchet Pond Hawkhill Inclosure
Grid Reference SU 35069 01949
Ipley Cross

Hawkhill Inclosure used to be a prime site for observing Hawkers in season. Indeed I have seen more Golden-ringed Dragonflies along the rides here than in any other place. Park at the above grid reference, go through the gate and follow the track NNW to a small clearing.

This narrow, sunny clearing was once a mecca for butterflies and other insects. There were also plenty of perching opportunities for dragonflies, but now the thicket has become overgrown and almost barren, the latter partly due to the clearance of trees which used to provide shelter.

From here follow the track downhill to the stream at the bottom. This has also affected the main track which used to be swarming with Common Darters during summer and again was a popular spot for roosting Golden-ringed, Southern and Migrant Hawkers. Unfortunately since the forestry commision have cleared a huge swathe of woodland the pickings are slim.

Thankfully the area bordering the stream still provides a good bounty, with Beautiful Demoiselles and Golden-ringed among the breeding species. A good circular walk is to follow Worts Gutter to
SU 36402 02647, turn left and follow the path to the fork and follow the main gravel cycle track (signposted Brockenhurst) until you reach the boggy area, which is usually swarming with Keeled Skimmers in season, then either traverse the boggy area or continue to the crossroads, turn left and follow the track downhill to the small bridge at the other end of the bog, then back up the hill to the car park
Key Species
Southern Hawker Migrant Hawker Emperor Golden-ringed Dragonfly Common Darters
Broad-bodied Chasers Four-spotted Chasers Keeled Skimmer Beautiful Demoiselles Azure Damselfly
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Fuel Railway Bus Stop Campsite
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