Trottick Mill Ponds Local Nature Reserve in Dundee is one of the new Dragonfly Hotspots established in Scotland in 2015. Made up of two old mill ponds, reedbeds, a burn, woodland and a meadow, it is owned by Dundee City Council and managed by Dundee Council Ranger Service.
Dragonflies can be easily spotted around the two ponds and alongside the paths.
Key Species: Common Darter
The Site: Trottick Mill Ponds were built over 200 years ago to provide water for the Claverhouse Bleach Works - a finishing mill for linen production. Water from the Dighty Burn, which runs through Trottick Local Nature Reserve, was used to power a water wheel serving the linen mill. It was also used in the cleaning and drying processes of the factory.
The meadow area next to the ponds was used to dry huge sheets of material and kept short and clean for this purpose. This has meant that there is a huge variety of wild flowers present there today.
Access is easy on the various paths that cross the reserve, there are benches to rest on and accessible bankside areas to help you get close to dragonfly larvae and other water life!
Getting there: Trottick Mill Ponds Local Nature Reserve. Old Claverhouse Road, Dundee DD4 9DN. The reserve can be accessed by foot or bicycle from Old Claverhouse Rd, William Fitzgerald Way, Millburn Gardens and Mansion Drive. By car - situated off Claverhouse Rd which runs between Old Glamis Rd to the west and Forfar Rd to the east. Turn onto Barns of Claverhouse Rd then left onto Old Claverhouse Rd. National Express Dundee buses 18 and 19 depart from stop 3, Albert Square, in the city centre and take around 20 minutes to get to Claverhouse Rd.
When to visit: Common Darters can be seen from July to September and may be found sunbathing on the bankside vegetation. Common Blue, Blue-tailed and Emerald Damselflies are also found here, with Emerald Damselflies being on the wing until mid October. We think there are more species of dragonfly found at Trottick – please let us know if you spot any.
Also good for: The paths are lined with Wild garlic in the spring and many wildflowers and butterflies are found in the meadow area. A pair of Mute swans nest here, raising their cygnets over the summer. Pipistrelle bats can be spotted hunting over the reserve in the evening. Dundee Ranger Service carries out regular volunteer tasks at the reserve – if you would like to get involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org