Studland Heath has always
been a favourite destination of mine for it's
diversity of fauna and as a prime dragonfly site . Large
populations of Hairy Dragonfly can be
found among the heath to the south of Little Sea. Be aware that a visit
is best attempted as early as possible in the day to avoid the crowds.
There is a National Trust car park where charges apply and this is best
for the Hairy';s, which tend to congregate around the
pools and channels here..
Another prime spot is the north bank of Little Sea which can be approached by parking
here. Follow the track south-west to the thickets of gorse and heather
here and explore the whole area..
Downy Emerald, Four-spotted Chasers and Hairy are
present along with hundreds of Blue-tailed,
Large Red and Azure.
The whole area from the
ferry crossing. around the shore and to the first major path left from the road is
a prime spot for the Ruddy Darter.