These are some of our newest and largest stillwaters and have come about from large scale extraction for the once booming construction industry. These waters mature relatively slowly after abandonment but are quickly colonised by abundant wildlife.
Gravel pits can support Black Tailed Skimmers, Broad Bodied and Four Spotted Chasers as well as Common, Brown, Southern and Migrant Hawkers. Finally not forgetting the majestic Emperor.
Damselflies can also be abundant on bank side vegetation, including the Common Blue, Azure, Blue Tailed, Red Eyed, Large Red and Emerald to name but a few.
Peaty Bogs and Seepages
These sites can be prolific, where abundant species can be seen in relatively close proximity to each other.
The Keeled Skimmer and Small Red Damselfly can thrive in the peaty and boggy environments, provided there is plenty of dense low lying waterside vegetation.
Also the Emerald and Large Red Damselflies, Black and Common Darters, Black Tailed Skimmer, Broad Bodied and Four Spotted Chasers, and Emperor Dragonflies can be present. Some sites can support over 20 varieties throughout the season, attracting the most common species to the rarer migrants.