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Eelmoor Marsh SSSI, Farnborough, Hampshire


07768 452365

This area has excellent bog habitat with an exceptionally rich flora and fauna. It supports many dragons and damsels, including Keeled Skimmer, Four-spotted Chaser and Small Red Damselfly. A colony of the Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly was confirmed here in 2000 (including the orange immature forma aurantiaca) but now appears to be lost. Access is via a secure research establishment and is by pre-booking only. Numbers will be limited (first come, first served).
If it pours with rain we may instead look at some of the rare plants of the area such as six insectivorous species (2 Butterworts, 2 Bladderworts and 2 Sundews).

Image credit: Keeled Skimmer by Bruce Hyde


To book a place contact Tony Mundell, Hants & Surrey Borders Group, usingVC12recorder [at] hantsplants.net before 25th May, providing your full name and nationality (e.g. British) plus passport number and your car registration. Joining details with where and when to meet, etc. will be sent later to those who have booked successfully. *** Advance Booking essential, to allow time for security checks. Bring refreshments and a packed lunch. Wear robust clothes and stout boots or preferably wellington boots. It's a marsh.
Additional Info
Other attractions include rare orchids and Przewalski horses for a rewilding programme by Marwell Zoo. We are grateful to Marwell Wildlife for their permission and assistance to visit this special site.
10.30 am until 3.30pm, meeting at Cody Gate car park, SU 8443 5423; What Three Words: waters.supply.edit Once booked in with passes we will drive in convoy to the site, so late-comers will not be admitted and there is no option to leave early!