Author Archives: Paul Ritchie

The Emperor Returns

Sunday 21st May The usual weekend site of preference in May is preferably somewhere peaceful to avoid the crowds, and with the sunniest aspect to the south-west Town Common looked the best choice. We’d arranged to meet Doug, eager to … Continue reading

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Troublefield Awakens

Thursday 18th May We’ve had some rain at last! Shame it had to coincide with a visit from Dave Clay, a mate down from Derby whom I first met at Chartley Moss some years ago. He was staying near Ringwood … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Arrival

Sunday 14th May After dining out on Somerset for four days I needed to get out again and with moderate winds, occasional showers and those all-important sunny intervals another visit to Bramshill was needed to get away from it all. … Continue reading

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In Search of Spring

Tuesday 9th May May is the month when there’s a bounty of new-birth, and new seasonal discoveries in the dragonfly world. Despite an early season diversity and numbers are still local, with the best showings at the places where nature … Continue reading

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The Great Awakening

Sunday 7th May A promise of fine weather in the afternoon prompted Sue & I to take a late drive to Bramshill. We met Mike on the approach road who gave us a report which promised a productive afternoon. With … Continue reading

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The Chase

Tuesday 2nd May In true Bank Holiday fashion the weather showed improvement once the weekend was over, with Tuesday offering a prolonged session of sunshine with reasonably calm wind. Nevertheless I had to wait until the afternoon before the sun … Continue reading

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Still A Bit Quiet Out There

Saturday 29th April After a week of miserable weather, where the best option would’ve been to travel to Somerset and binge on damsels and a possible Hairy, I couldn’t spend another day in waiting. The forecast for Bramshill looked reasonable … Continue reading

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Where The Cold Wind Blows

Saturday 22nd April I spent all Friday afternoon cursing the cloud cover, and, despite checking four locations, only managed to see two Large Red – a female at Troublefield and a fresh riser on Town Common. Today I cursed the … Continue reading

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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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