Waldegrave Pond

The Jewell in the crowd for Dragonflies on the Mendip Hills is the Waldegrave Pond. This is part of the former Somerset Wildlife Trust reserve of Priddy Mineries. Sadly the SWT no longer manage this area.

Waldegrave Pond Reflections - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 807_1667

Waldegrave Pond Reflections – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 807_1667

Standing water is rare on the Mendip Hills. As at Lynchcombe and many other places water finds its way down through the limestone only to emerge at villages such as Wookey Hole below the southern slopes of the hills.

Only on the higher sandstone ridges do you get flowing streams. The Waldegrave Pond was created by the Victorians as part of a mining complex. It’s bank and clay base keep the Pond full of water.

The Dragonflies
It has a rich variety of dragonflies and damselflies from the small red damselfly to the large Emperor, and the beautiful downy emeralds.

Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) - Waldegrave, Somerset, UK. ID JBA_4142

Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) – Waldegrave, Somerset, UK. ID JBA_4142

Ovipositing Southern hawker (Aeshna cyanea) - Waldegrave Pond, Somerset, UK. ID DSCN0919

Ovipositing Southern hawker (Aeshna cyanea) – Waldegrave Pond, Somerset, UK. ID DSCN0919

Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) - Waldegrave Pond, Somerset, UK. ID DSCN8799

Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) – Waldegrave Pond, Somerset, UK. ID DSCN8799

Emerald Damselfly (Lestes sponsa) - Waldgrave, Somerset, UK. ID DSCN4910

Emerald Damselfly (Lestes sponsa) – Waldgrave, Somerset, UK. ID DSCN4910

This is the only place on Mendip to find downy emeralds.  They like to rest in the nearby pine trees.

Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea) rests in the trees at Priddy Mineries - Waldegrave, Somerset, UK. ID DSCN4402e

Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea) rests in the trees at Priddy Mineries – Waldegrave, Somerset, UK. ID DSCN4402e

Of course there are hundreds of damselflies.

Coenagrion puella - Waldegrave Pond, Somerset, UK. ID DSCN1817

Coenagrion puella – Waldegrave Pond, Somerset, UK. ID DSCN1817

Black darters are particularly good looking.

Black Darter (Sympetrum danae) - Waldegrave Pond, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_3207

Black Darter (Sympetrum danae) – Waldegrave Pond, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_3207

And Finally…

Its not all dragonflies, here green-viewed whites take the salts from the edge of the ponds.  Here they can appear in large numbers.

Green-viened white (Pieris napi) - Waldegrave Pool, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_1841

Green-viened white (Pieris napi) – Waldegrave Pool, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_1841

At the end of summer house martins gather to feed on the masses of flies over the pond.

House Martins, Waldegrave Pool, UK. ID JBA_0886

House Martins, Waldegrave Pool, UK. ID JBA_0886

Morning light, Waldegrave

Morning light, Waldegrave

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