Rare find at Foxearth Meadows

31 August 2017, Comments Comments Off on Rare find at Foxearth Meadows

It’s a rare treat – and it’s turned up at our nature reserve Foxearth Meadows! The variable damselfly hasn’t been seen in the region since the end of World War II.

According to the British Dragonfly Society, the variable damselfly is scattered but uncommon across mainland Britain. And despite being well known from a handful of sites, the species’ distribution still remains ‘something of an unravelled mystery’, said the BDS.


So it’s not surprising our Conservation Director Andy Lester is over the moon about our latest visitor! ‘Once again it’s exciting news for a site that’s recently been labelled as one of the best places to see dragonflies in the UK by BBC Wildlife magazine,’ said Andy.

‘Indeed, the site has appeared in numerous publications over the past few weeks – both local and national – and featured on BBC’s Countryfile programme.’

As we think about the future, Andy and his team are keen to do what they can to improve access at Foxearth Meadows without scaring such remarkable creatures.

‘We’re also working hard to create new scrapes, ponds and hedgerows to create new habitat for nature. Already this year has been exciting for Foxearth Meadows. The momentum is building for an even more exciting 2018!’


Funds have been growing for a full-time manager at Foxearth Meadows. But there’s still plenty of opportunity for generous supporters to back this unique reserve.

Many have already given to the appeal. But there’s a little journey to go before we can upgrade our Reserve Manager post from part-time to full-time. You can keep Foxearth Meadows literally ‘buzzing’ by giving online here or sending a donation to – A Rocha UK, 18-19 Avenue Road, Southall UB1 3BL. (Pictured is a variable damselfly at Foxearth Meadows. Photo: David Chandler)

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