Where to See
|Latin Name||Anaciaeschna isoceles|
The optimum conditions for breeding appear to be unspoilt grazing marsh dyke systems with clean, non-saline water, rushy margins, preferably with an abundance of water soldier as well as other aquatic plants.
|Status & Distribution|
Listed as Endangered in the British Odonata Red List 2008.
Legally protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
The Norfolk Hawker was historically restricted in the Broadlands of Norfolk and north east Suffolk. Over the past few decades it has spread and can now also be found in Kent and Cambridgeshire.
General management principles include maintaining grazing marshes, controlling saline intrusion, controlling nutrient enrichment. There are also best practice guidelines for managing inhabited sites, particularly the dyke vegetation and the surrounding terrestrial habitats.
Work is underway to restore habitats for this species in Norfolk.
Hawkers have a long streamlined body-shape.
Mask length roughly 3x the width.
Cerci are 2/3rds length of the paraprocts at the end of the abdomen.