We will walk around the whole pond perimeter checking each access to the water but will spend most time in the marshy areas to the south-east of the main pond where there are areas of shallow, clear water and small clear ponds likely to support dragonflies. Nowadays the water in the main pond is usually opaque and rather eutrophic, so not good dragonfly habitat, though the marginal reedbeds are better.
Wellies (essential if water levels on the marsh are high, otherwise walking boots), close-focussing binoculars, lunch.
We'll also be looking for signs of previous egg-laying behaviour by Willow Emerald Damselfly, a species not yet recorded from N. Hampshire.
At 10:30 am at the main car park off the A3013 at SU 8248 5532. This is at the end of a track on the south side of the railway that starts from the railway bridge at SU 8297 5546. Or 10:10 at Fleet Railway Station by arrangement.
Tony Mundell, 01252 614516, Hants and Surrey Borders Group.
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