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Thursday, 17 October 2013

Dragonflies of the New Forest

A couple of weeks ago I was sat in my car in a car park in the heart of the New Forest when suddenly a rather large Dragonfly with a very impressive fluorescent blue body flew across the bonnet of the car. It made numerous passes including actually entering the car through the open passenger window. It hovered motionless for a number of seconds as if curious of the creature sat in the drivers seat (me). Then went into reverse gear and made its exit back through the open window. After a couple more near passes at the car it eventually disappeared into the depths of the Forest.

What a wonderful experience, so much so that I searched YouTube to view more of these magnificent insects. You can view the many different types of Dragonfly in the video below, but if you get the opportunity, go into the Forest and view them in the flesh - truly breathtaking experience.

Credit : Keith Talbot Wildlife Channel on YouTube crockfordkat


The New Forest by Matthew Conway
Featuring a mixture of history, folklore and stories of interest, this book explores the culture and wildlife of the New Forest. From it deer, which for centuries were hunted exclusively by the Kings of England, to the thousands of trees that were the cornerstone of the English Navy, this fascinating volume illustrates how flora and fauna are interwoven with the forest's heritage, and pays special attention to its wildlife.  As well as providing a backdrop of history, this affectionate look at the forest will inspire readers to explore the area themselves. Read more...

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