On a brighter note the walk ended at the Octagonal Pond, where a male Emperor Dragonfly and my first Southern Hawker of the year were both patrolling, excellent, wasn’t sure if I’d get an Emperor on my home patch so definitely a bonus. No pictures though, I tried but both individuals were too quick for me and I was hindered by the bairn who had been very patient during the walk so didn‘t want to detain him from his play for too long.
I’ve realised I haven’t been posting photos of the actual sites for you to get an idea of what the areas are like for the associated species, so will remedy that by getting some snaps on my forthcoming visits, and here is the first, the Octagonal Pond at Gibside.
|Octagonal Pond - Gibside|
One of 14 ponds on the estate, this one a designated SSSI (due to the presence
of Great Crested Newts) and a very scenic setting