Author Archives: Paul Ritchie

So Long Summer

Tuesday 19th September Remember that early Spring bounty when most species of dragonfly (and butterfly) emerged two to three weeks ahead of schedule? I remember cynically thinking at the time they’ve emerged early because they know it’s going to be … Continue reading

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Lowland Heath and Highland Adventures

Tuesday 22nd August A day of pick ups with Aaron provided an excellent moment with a real favourite of mine; the Moorland Hawker. As if on cue my subject appeared from nowhere to do a few circuits of a small … Continue reading

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Wind and The Willows

Saturday 19th August Once again a combination of unforeseen inconveniences and unsuitable weather has prevented me taking advantage of a few seasonal trips this year. I had planned sessions with the Common Club-tail, Green-eyed (Norfolk) Hawker, Brilliant Emerald at a … Continue reading

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A Different Perspective

Sunday 13th August I had a couple over from Kent for a field trip in the New Forest who wished to see the Golden-ringed. When leading I usually take a back seat , going in for a shot once my … Continue reading

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After The Deluge

Sunday 6th August Damian Pinguay found a Southern Migrant Hawker female at one of his local reserves and we arranged to meet Steve Covey there in the hope of a sighting. Always a risky venture, but we fancied a drive … Continue reading

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Server Down

I would like to express my apologies for the website being down since Sunday. Thankfully it now appears to be intermittently online but two days outage due to ‘a server problem’ by my hosting company is frankly unacceptable in this … Continue reading

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From Heath to Glade

Monday 1st August Now that most, if not all, set-backs are remedied I did hope to catch up with a few favourite places. Unfortunately, and perhaps not unexpectedly, the weather had other ideas! Two favourable days a couple of weeks … Continue reading

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Priddy Quiet

Experience has taught me to forget those days which, although sunny, can be too cool or too windy to achieve satisfactory results. Tuesday was neither too cool or too windy but still disappointed. A lesson learned a few years back … Continue reading

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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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