With help from the Dragonfly Society we have created a pond which already, after 1 summer, has become a haven for dragonflies.
Over the course of summer 2016 these species were recorded:
- Broad body chaser
- Southern Hawker
- Azure Damselfly
Humble beginnings, but I would expect that more species will colonize the pond over subsequent summers. This will be aided by the aquatic planting we did last spring - a range of native aquatic plants were introduced and they have thrived.
Plants planted - Marsh Marigold, White Water Lilly, Water Mint, Sweet Reed Grass, Common Bull Rush, Purple Loosestrife, Flowering Rush, Yellow Flag, Water Forget-Me-Not, Brooklime, Water Plantain, Rigid Hornwort, Reed Canary Grass, & Water Starwort.
It is a pond rather a lake - a body of water is classified as a lake if a white swan can take off. Swans require 100 yards to achieve this - the pond at Underhill Wood Nature Reserve is just under 90 yards long.