Crombie Country Park (Angus)
Crombie Country Park, near Carnoustie, is one of the Dragonfly Hotspots established in Scotland in 2014. It is owned by Angus Council and managed by Angus Council Ranger Service. There are three areas where dragonflies can be easily spotted – close to Crombie Loch, Peddieston Ponds and Heron Pond.
Key Species: Black Darter
The Site: Crombie Country Park is made up of 102 hectares, including Crombie Loch, ponds, grassland, heathland, broadleaf and coniferous woodlands. There are waymarked walks, orienteering trails, marquees for hire and lots of information in the Visitor Centre. If you want to get off the beaten track, that is easy to do too. Heron Pond has undergone management recently to remove vegetation and erect a viewing platform so it’s all the easier to see the dragonflies!
Getting there: Crombie Country Park, Monikie, Angus, DD5 3QL. From Monikie follow the B961 for two miles, the park entrance is on the left. From the A92, take the Muirdrum turn off, turn left at the Crombie crossroads onto the B961, the park entrance is on the right after one mile. There is a car park (parking charges apply from Easter to October) at the entrance to the park, disabled drivers can park close to the Visitor Centre.
When to visit: Large Red Damselflies are the earliest emerging species, which can be seen from mid-April onwards (depending on the weather). The Black Darters can be seen in July & August sunbathing on the railings and boardwalks, and hunting over the heathland around Heron and Peddieston Ponds.
Also good for: Red squirrels are found throughout the coniferous woodland, many butterflies are on the wing on sunny days and Green and Great spotted woodpeckers nest in the trees close to the Visitor Centre. Ospreys can be seen fishing in the loch and there are two hides from which to enjoy watching all the wildlife.
Other dragonfly species found here include Common Darter, Common Hawker, Four-spotted Chaser, Large Red Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Azure Damselfly, Emerald Damselfly and Blue-tailed Damselfly.
Contact UsCrombie Country Park,
Monikie DD5 3QL