Author Archives: Paul Ritchie

Making The Most of Dragonfly Week

Monday 17th July I introduced Richard Peglar to the delights of Crockford Stream – and what a delight! The Keeled were the first to show just in from the road with a couple of males present, closely followed by Beautiful … Continue reading

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Home Grown

A break without the modern convenience of email, phones and the web was actually precisely what a holiday should be. However it’s taking a while longer than I thought to get back into the swing of things. Wednesday 5th July … Continue reading

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Highland Fling – Part 2

Wednesday 28th June Our second full day turned out to be rather glorious, with sunshine and suitable warmth handicapped by a strong, cold & biting breeze from the south. This was annoying, because the areas I intended to search for … Continue reading

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Highland Fling – Part 1

At the end of last year Sue & I promised ourselves a trip to Scotland in search of the Northern Emerald and Azure Hawker. The Northern Damselfly could wait for another time. We gave ourselves three days in the hope … Continue reading

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Twitch

Wednesday 21st June With the many reports of migrants entering the country over the last few weeks; Red-veined Darters and Lesser Emperors blown over from the continent with the current warm front, I would have been foolish to act on … Continue reading

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Moments Of Brilliance

Monday 19th June Being only able to get out at weekends is all very well, but I needed some solitude to ease back into it properly. A chance to go at my own pace and indulge when necessary, scramble through … Continue reading

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Sunday At The Pond

Sunday 18th June After our tiring experience during Saturday’s heat at Latchmore we needed an afternoon without too much exhaustive foraging, and what better than choosing a single pond. The usual tourist convoy was heading to the fleshpots of Bournemouth … Continue reading

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In The Heat Of The Moment

Saturday 17th June It’s been a bit of a fraught month for me with the lackĀ  of transport, which is a tragedy as June should be the month of great bounty. However looking back on last season, excepting the trip … Continue reading

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Bramshill & Bentley Wood

Firstly apologies for the lack of updates recently. On June 1st on the way home from dropping Sue off at work our faithful old jalopy finally passed off its mortal coil. This unfortunate episode occurred on the day I was … Continue reading

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Stream, Mire and Heath

Wednesday 31st May Every season I visit Latchmore Brook to connect with the Scarce Blue-tailed damselflies; usually in mid-June, however as all species except the Large Red have jumped the gun this year I managed to connect with my subject … Continue reading

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