Author Archives: Paul Ritchie

Trailblazing

Tuesday 18th April The over-seers of Bramshill usually do a fantastic job with sympathetic management for wildlife – especially dragonflies. The setting up of small, shallow ponds throughout the reserve and there is evidence of shallow scrapes to attract specialist … Continue reading

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A Guide to Bramshill Plantation

One of the more popular sections of the website is the ‘Where To See’ section which hasn’t been added to for a while – until now! Although on some levels I’d rather keep it to myself after three years of … Continue reading

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A Perfect Sunday

Sunday April 9th The unexpected and thoroughly-appreciated week of high pressure ended with the perfect weekend, and I hope you all took advantage. We certainly did, although we waited until Sunday – partly because I struck lucky on Friday but mostly because … Continue reading

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Now We’re Off…

It can sometimes be an unpleasant feeling at the start of the season when the mind & body wants to get stuck in looking for the season’s first emergers. Social Media is partly to blame for jumping the gun, and the weather forecast … Continue reading

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Gently Does It…

Firstly a big hello to everyone and good luck for the new season. I’ve a feeling it’s going to be a good one. Now you might be thinking by writing a blog post I’ve just bagged my first Large Red, … Continue reading

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‘Twas A Season To Be Jolly (Part 2)

An early May sighting of the Golden-ringed promised a summer bounty of arguably our most stunning dragonfly but I didn’t encounter as many along Ober, Latchmore or Crockford this season. My favourite day this season has to be my mid-Summer visit … Continue reading

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‘Twas A Season To Be Jolly (Part 1)

For many 2016 took a while to get started with a downturn in temperatures affecting all insect life; the Spring Butterflies taking a rather severe beating. Dragonflies can at least wait until conditions are optimal before leaving the security of … Continue reading

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And Now My Watch Has Ended

At least for this season. I always get the blues around now, knowing it will be at least 6 months until Spring returns. I do miss them; perhaps more this year than previously because I can’t help feeling we were robbed … Continue reading

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Swan Song?

It’s been over two weeks since my last entry, for which I can only apologise. The reason being the noticeable feeling that the season was definitely on the wane. A day after my last trip to Bramshill Mike Barnet and … Continue reading

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Southern Harmony

Sunday 11th September It must be two months since we visited Bentley Wood; possibly a combination of being eaten alive by horseflies on our last visit or just being busy elsewhere, but our absence certainly made us appreciate it’s qualities. We … Continue reading

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