Hot spot for Dragons

Flanders Moss, NNR 

A couple of weekends ago we hosted a dragonfly event run in partnership with Danielle from the British Dragonfly Society

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Peatlands are the perfect habitat for dragonflies and damselflies.  The restoration we have carried out around the boardwalk has made it a perfect viewing platform and hot spot for admiring and recording these species.

The acidic water in the bog pools provides a great habitat for many species.  Emerald,  Large red, Common blue, Common Hawker, Black darter and Four-spotted chaser damselflies are just some of the species you will come across on a dry and fairly still kind of day at Flanders during the summer months.

All the restoration work that has been carried out over the last couple of years has had the intended effect of raising the water table.  Where we once had an aggregate path we now have a boardwalk, which has created more habitat but there is still plenty more work of this sort to do.

We will be hosting another volunteer event in October to undertake restoration to some of our bog pools to help with conservation. If you would like to find out more about this volunteer event, then please email amee.hood@nature.scot for more information.

 

 

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