Broomfleet Washlands

5 May

May Day Bank Holiday afternoon went to Broomfleet Washlands with ML and RL. As ML needed Variable Damselfly and Hairy Dragonfly they were our prime target.


Broomfleet Washlands

Although warmer then last week it still was overcast and no too hot. Started at the southern edge were I’d seen Variable in the past. Struggled to begin with but disturbed the occasional teneral damselfly. The first few were Azure but eventually located a few Variables and eventually got good enough views to satisfy all three of us.


 Variable Damselfly Coenagrion pulchellum


 Nettle Weevil Phyllobius pomaceus

Moved onto the drain along the northern edge where I’d seen Hairy Dragonfly before but weren’t able to locate any hawking over the water or flushed one from the grass. However wasn’t a total disappointment as there were 3+ Marsh Harriers over the Washlands and 5+ Common Buzzards over adjacent farmland and we sat on the flood-bank to enjoy the spectacle.


female Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus


Common Buzzard Buteo buteo


Broomfleet Washlands looking towards railway bridge

Walking off we disturbed a recently emerged Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata.

Four-spotted Chaser

Four-spotted Chaser-Libellula quadrimaculata


One Response to “Broomfleet Washlands”

  1. Mark. June 26, 2015 at 6:46 am #

    Exellent blogg, I spend quite some time around the broomfleet wash lands and areas, it’s a great area.

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