Friday, 22 October 2010

The day of the Dragons

It could've been a beautiful spring day, with blossom on the Blackberries and Roses in bud. If it hadn't of been for the icy wind that blew across the marshes I could've shut my eyes and imagined Summer was just around the corner.

The sun was blazing, the skies were blue and it seemed it was not just us making the most of the Autumn sunshine, as we walked through Fritton woods, we came to an open pathway lined with Heather and a collection of Mushrooms, the trees gave us shelter from the wind and we were treated to a spectacular display of iridescent wings and brightly coloured bodies fluttering just past our faces.

This is the second time this year we've seen so many Dragonflies in one place, hundreds, feasting, breeding and this time it seemed they were sunbathing, covering the pathway before us, resting on the stones heated by the sun in this sheltered little sun-trap.

We were luckier this time, they seemed to stop and pose for Jaimie to take some pictures, unable to capture the magical sight of so many flying around he managed to capture those that had taken a rest in this unexpected but most welcome little heatwave.

I haven't identified all the Dragonflies we've seen at Fritton yet, but this is a handy link if you'd like to learn more.

There are plans to destroy this little haven of wildlife and turn it into a gravel pit, this would be a tragedy, Fritton is a beautiful place and home to a wide variety of wildlife, quite often we've seen Deer, Rabbits and so many different types of Birds as well as Insects, Reptiles and Amphibians.

If you'd like to help protect this beautiful part of Norfolk there are further details here
and here

Below are more photographs of Fritton taken by Jaimie