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Hawkhill Inclosure Ipley Cross
Grid Reference SU 38577 07205

Ipley Cross is one of the best areas to observe Black Darter and Common Emerald along woth possibly the best population of Silver-studded Blue butterflies in the New Forest

Rushbush Pond is a shallow muddy bottomed pool backed by a feeder stream for the Beaulieu River, itself a prime location for Beautiful Demoiselles and Golden-ringed, Hawkers and Common Darters and all manner of other NF species, usually being one of the first ponds to awaken in Spring.

Furzey Pond was a small pond surrounded by heather and gorse but in 2014 the powers that be thought it was a good idea to raze the surrounding undergrowth, subsequentlly killing a once vibrant little pond.

Dibden Bottom is the better choice if you don't mind stepping off the beaten track. There is a faint path which leads from Furzey Pond which eventually brings you to a hidden pond half surrounded by woodland. Access to the shore is limited, but the best rewards are found among the surrounding heather.

From here follow the path south then west around the trees to locate the other ponds within the group. These shallow ponds dry out during spells of warm weather, but if they remain are ideal for visiting Moorland Hawkers.
Key Species
Southern Hawker Migrant Hawker Moorland Hawker Downy Emerald Emperor
Common Darter Black Darter Broad-bodied Chaser Four-spotted Chaser Common Blue
Red-eyed Blue-tailed Large Red Common Emerald Azure
Nearby Facilities
Parking Toilets Pub Shop
Fuel Railway Bus Stop Campsite

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