Good places to see dragonflies in Wales - Vale of Glamorgan

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13 - Cosmeston Lakes Country Park (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

13 - Cosmeston Lakes Country Park (Vale of Glamorgan)

Vale of Glamorgan Council
Photo credit: Aaron Jones
 
Cosmeston Country Park Aaron Jones
This is a large country park which is also designated as a Local Nature Reserve.  It has a variety of habitats including 2 flooded quarries as well as a brook, reedbed and 5 smaller ponds, including the dragonfly pond.  Cosmeston Lakes are designated as a SSSI because they contain a rare plant called Starry stonewort.  There have been 15 species of dragonfly and 8 species of damselfly seen here.
 
 
There is free entry to the park which also includes a medieval village.  There is parking, a visitor centre, toilets and access for wheelchairs with assistance and pushchairs.  The park is 5 miles west of Cardiff (15 minutes drive from M4 J33), the entrance is on the B4267.