Devilla Forest Dragonfly Hotspot
Devilla Forest is located a short distance to the east of Kincardine in Fife and is owned and managed by the Forestry Commission. There are a number of ponds and lochs throughout the site but one of the best locations for easy dragonfly spotting is at Bordie Loch, on the Red Squirrel Trail.
Key Species: Four-spotted Chaser
The Site: Made up of mainly Scots pine, this is primarily a woodland site with a heather and blaeberry understorey. There are four lochs found throughout Devilla Forest – Bordie Loch, Keir Dam, Moor Loch and Peppermill Dam. Access throughout the site is easy with wide, surfaced tracks. Getting off the beaten track on smaller desire-lines is easy too.
Getting there: The car park is one mile east of Kincardine on the A985 between Dunfermline and Kincardine at grid reference NS964870. It is well signposted from the road. FK10 4AS is the nearest postcode. The X27 bus runs between Dunfermline and Kincardine and past the entrance to Devilla; more details from Fife Stagecoach on 01592 642394.
When to visit: The earliest emerging species should be found from mid to late April onwards. The Four-spotted Chasers can be seen on the wing along the north edge of Bordie Loch throughout June and July. Later in the summer Black Darters and Common Hawkers can be seen flying around the loch and adjoining heathland.
Also good for: This is one of the best spots in the area to see Red squirrels. The lochs are a haven for wildfowl and Great-crested grebes can be seen displaying in the spring. Otters also visit the lochs and Daubentons bats hunt over the water.
Other dragonfly species found here include Common Darter, Black Darter, Common Hawker, Large Red Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Emerald Damselfly and Blue-tailed Damselfly.
More information can be found on the Forestry Commission website: http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/visit/devilla