Dragonflies and damselflies

The larval stages for damsels and dragonflies live in water, sometimes up to five years for the larger species! When they are ready to emerge from the water, they will climb out onto vegetation and shed their skin to emerge as a beautiful adult.

Where to find

Dragonflies and damselflies are seen throughout the reserve but Darters Dip, Walkway Pond and Sally’s Path are particularly good places to spot them flying around. The willow emerald damselfly was recorded breeding for the first time at Walkway Pond in 2023.

When to spot


Large red damselfly
Banded demoiselle
Emperor dragonfly
Four-spotted chaser
Beautiful demoiselle