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.
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.
It has a rich variety of dragonflies and damselflies from the small red damselfly to the large Emperor, and the beautiful downy emeralds.
This is the only place on Mendip to find downy emeralds. They like to rest in the nearby pine trees.
Of course there are hundreds of damselflies.
Black darters are particularly good looking.
Its not all dragonflies, here green-viewed whites take the salts from the edge of the ponds. Here they can appear in large numbers.
At the end of summer house martins gather to feed on the masses of flies over the pond.