Warm days in mid-May mean only one thing – head to Leven Canal in East Yorkshire for a walk along the ‘Hairy Highway‘! Three miles of waterway which hosts Hairy Dragonfly Brachytron pratense in abundance, albeit provided the conditions are right.
The BDS Yorkshire website provides details on how to visit this site, note public access is only permitted to the northern side of the canal.
The view looking back east along the middle section of the canal
With few sightings of Hairy Dragonfly in the county prior to Friday May 16th, I wasn’t expecting to see many, especially with a westerly breeze gusting at times. However, within an hour I’d noted nearly 30, and once numbers passed 50, it became obvious a three figure total was available, with eventually 109 counted after nearly four hours walking.
Despite the good numbers, photographic opportunities were limited, this the only one that posed as conditions cooled late in the afternoon.
Several other species of Odonata were noted including 43 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, with small numbers of Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula, Red-eyed Damselfly Erythromma najas, Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella and Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans.