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Spotted: A New Dragonfly Species for Milton Keynes

Scarce Chaser - male

3 August 2017

At the end of last month, a particular species of dragonfly was spotted for the first time in Milton Keynes at Linford Lakes Nature Reserve.

The dragonfly in question was a male Scarce Chaser, a beautiful insect with a blue body tipped with black. It is very similar to the more common Black-tailed Skimmer but can be told apart by its thicker abdomen and beautiful, blue-tinted eyes, compared with the dark eyes of the Skimmer.

Martin Kincaid, The Parks Trust’s Biodiversity Officer, said: “I had seen this species before in Norfolk and in Northamptonshire and knew it has been spreading into our area but it was a thrill to see one here for the very first time. This dragonfly does well in wet woodland and ponds with lots of scrubby vegetation so the habitats at Linford Lakes look ideal for it. Hopefully it is the first of many.”

This discovery comes less than a year after the rare Willow Emerald Damselfly was first discovered on Parks Trust land at Tattenhoe; our Volunteer Harry Appleyard has found more here in recent weeks.

Please note that Linford Lakes Nature Reserve is open to the public on an Access by Permit basis. You can apply for an annual permit here: http://www.theparkstrust.com/parks/linford-lakes-permit

Alternatively, why not visit one of the Open Sundays run by the Friends of Linford Lakes Nature Reserve. These are held on the third Sunday of each month and offer a great opportunity to learn about the great variety of wildlife found at this special site.     

For more information, visit here: www.theparkstrust.com/whats-on