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Southern Damselfly at Crockford Stream (1 Viewer)

Owene

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Wales
Looking at some potential sites to visit in dorset and hampshire and came across this one online. Anyone know it and how easy it is to park and access?
 
The road crosses the stream on a bridge. Easy to walk along the stream from there (upstream tends to be best for the Southerns). There's a car park right next to it, but that's closed at this time of year due to ground-nesting birds and wanting to keep dog-walkers away. Park at the next car part along the road in either direction and walk a few minutes along the side of the road. All very easy, and the site is widely-advertised which means there are likely to be others there at the same time if the weather's good. Remember they're legally protected from disturbance so don't go beating through the vegetation. But you don't need to - there are usually a few sat on bushes beside the stream.
 
It's a few years since I visited but they were very obvious on the occasions I visited with a good range of other species including Beautiful Demoiselle, Keeled Skimmer, Golden-ringed Dragonfly & Small Red Damselfly. Silver-studded Blues should be appearing now in the surrounding heath if we only get some decent weather (can't remember a June so cool & overcast!).
 
Beaulieu Heath or Norley Wood are the ones you want. Norley Wood will get you to the bridge quicker but tends to get used by the dogwalkers who can't use Crockford CP.
 
Beaulieu Heath or Norley Wood are the ones you want. Norley Wood will get you to the bridge quicker but tends to get used by the dogwalkers who can't use Crockford CP.
I drove past this last week on the way back from the Normandy Roseate Terns and was disappointed to find both Crockford Bridge and Crockford Clump car parks closed. Not knowing where else to park I carried on without stopping.
 

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