water vole latrine in a field at Colemere
water vole feeding station, near Colemere
Managed to spot a newly-emerged, just-about-to-take-flight dragonfly in our pond; the chaps on the Wild About Britain forum have identified it as a Southern Hawker, even though it hasn't got its full colours yet which I thought might make the job tricky. I also collected up all the exuviae I could fine to send to Clive Dean, Community & Conservation Officer, Countryside Service, Shropshire County Council, and reported my sightings to the County Dragonfly Recorder, Sara Bellis. http://www.atropos.info/dragonfly.html
Yesterday, while surveying an area near Colemere, we saw not only Banded Demoiselles http://www.wildliferanger.com/users/www.wildliferanger.com/upload/Banded%20Demoiselle%20007%20243.JPG but Beautiful ones as well, male http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1396/542416712_c6600afa3b.jpg?v=0 and female http://www.dragonflysoc.org.uk/photos/cavirf1.jpg. As Clive says, you should report everything! We found a few signs of water voles near Colemere, so they are present but probably need some help with habitat improvement.