Dragonfly and Damselfly Transect at Sheffield Park June 2015

With the seasons changing and the sun shining it can mean only one thing; it’s wildlife survey time! We have now set up a dragonfly and damselfly survey down on the flood meadow. Local expert John Luck came along to help out not only with the set up of the walk but also by training the volunteers so they knew what to look out for.

The second transect took place mid- June and what more could you ask for than beautiful sunshine whilst walking along the river in gorgeous surroundings? The conditions were perfect, and there was  plenty to see. The river is quite fast flowing here, limiting the number of different species we would expect to see, as only Demoiselles are fond of fast flowing water. However, all of the species we did see were in quite good numbers.

June’s results:

  • Banded Demoiselles – 28 males and 8 females
  • Beautiful Demoiselles – 2 males and 2 females
  • Small Red Damselfly – 4 males and 1 females
  • Red eyed Damselfly – 1 male

Whilst carrying out the transect we not only saw damselflies but were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a Kingfisher, and also spotted a Hobby which was a first! All in all it was a very successful day.

A male banded Demoiselle in East Park, Sheffield Park

A male banded Demoiselle in East Park, Sheffield Park

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Adur–Ouse Catchment Management Group visit – 6th June 2013

On 6th June 2013 members of the Engagement group from the Adur–Ouse Catchment met at Sheffield Park to look at the project, enjoying a walk in the sunshine. We got a flavour of the great things to come for our visitors and the day was made even better by fleeting glimpses of a kingfisher.

We discussed ways in which river restoration can enhance both landscape and visitor experience, and ended the afternoon with tea and cake in the Coach House Tearoom.

Walking across the flood meadow at Sheffield Park. The impressions of the original meanders are just visible.

Walking across the flood meadow at Sheffield Park. The impressions of the original meanders are just visible.