Dragonflies skimming around Fleet Pond

Yesterday at the Wildlife Day at Fleet Pond, I found a black-tailed skimmer resting in one of the open heath glades. It’s good to see them around, since many butterflies and dragonflies are later this year after the snow and ice in April. This medium-sized dragonfly can often be found basking on open ground away from the water. The male has a black tipped dusky blue abdomen, whilst the female is this striking yellow and black ladder pattern.

Female black-tailed skimmer dragonfly

Female black-tailed skimmer dragonfly

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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