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


The flood meadow floods – December 2013

Towards the end of December 2013 the River Ouse over spilled into the flood plain at Sheffield Park. This was a sign of things to come as the whole meadow was eventually under water during the Christmas storms a matter of weeks later. However, at this point in time the flooding was minimal and simply gave us a chance to see what the meadow would look like if the meanders were reinstated.

The flood meadow at Sheffield Park December 2013







It was a beautiful frosty morning with the meadow initially covered in mist. During our trip down there the mists cleared and the sun came out showing that it is a picturesque place to be even in winter.

The flood meadow at Sheffield Park December 2013  The flood meadow at Sheffield Park December 2013