Pine and Forestry Plantations
Provided there are some bodies of water within the plantation, these sites can be very prolific, supporting many varied species of dragonflies and damselflies, often in quite large numbers.
Many of these sites are now actively managed to support the dragonfly and damselfly populations, with open areas being created and more importantly maintained. Over afforestation is a major problem.
Open rides and clearer glades are required for the best foraging. If these vital areas become clogged with trees then certain species may disappear from the site over a number of years.
In the forest rides Common, Southern and Brown Hawkers can be seen swooping over the tracks, often coming to rest on the adjacent gorse, bracken or pine trees. If there are ponds, which are partially wooded, then the Downy and Brilliant Emerald Dragonflies may be present. These can be seen mainly on the wing, occasionally perching on adjacent vegetation.
They can share the pools with the Hawkers, Emperors, Broad Bodied and Four Spotted Chasers, Common and Ruddy Darters. Damselflies can also be present in large numbers including Blue Tailed, Common and Azure Blues, Red Eyed and Large Red. If there are streams then the Golden Ringed Dragonfly and the Banded and Beautiful Demoiselles may also be present.