Dragons in the valley

This week dragonflies have started appearing along the Blackwater Valley to take advantage of the sunshine. Chris and I spotted this black-tailed skimmer at Moor Green Lakes over lunch break. It had only just emerged from it’s exuviae, so you can see the slightly crumpled wings inflating and drying out in the sun. After a few days the body colours will become more striking on this female with a vivid yellow and black. The male  has a largely blue abdomen with a black tip. Good luck spotting them when you’re out and about.

Female black-tailed skimmer

Female black-tailed skimmer

Ranger Stuart


About blackwatervalleycountryside

The Blackwater Valley is located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and runs for approximately 30km from the source near Aldershot, northwards to Swallowfield. At its confluence it joins the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The Loddon eventually flows into the River Thames near Reading. Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities that border the Valley. Despite being surrounded by urban development the Valley provides an important green corridor for local residents As well as the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a small part of the Basingstoke Canal SSSI, three nature reserves within the Valley catchment and many other areas have been recognised for their ecological importance. The local planning authorities covering the Valley have designated 31 other areas as ‘Wildlife Sites’.
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