Searching for Dragons at Buck Beck Ponds
As it was a warm and sunny day and bathroom decorating was finished for the day I decided to go and check Buck Beck ponds for large dragonflies. This has always been very much an edgeland pond but it has also been a secluded and peaceful spot to send an hour or two photographing dragon and damselflies, flowers and butterflies. When I visited a two or three weeks ago, however, I was dismayed to discover the the construction of a car lot behind it on the industrial park had totally encroached on the pond. Gone was the large sheltering hawthorn hedge and small meadow/beach are. Instead the hedge had been removed and a wire fence and earth bank constructed right up to the water's edge making it impossible to get to that side of the pond. To say that the work has been done unsympathetically is an understatement. The only thing that can be said is that the workmen most likely had no concept of the damage they were causing. Amazingly the water seems unaffected, remaining clean and clear. I did find one four spotted chaser and a few azure damselflies as well as bumble bees and one or two butterflies and the yellow flag irises are still there. A testament to the resilience of nature.
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