Despite the recent wet weather good numbers of dragonfly and damselfly have been seen in the sunny spells between the rain. The main ride below Coed Penrhynmawr which borders an open area of mire has been particularly good with both southern and common hawker, common darter, large red damselfly, blue-tailed damselfly, common blue damsel and azure damselfly. The peat bog near Ynys Edwin has a few more specialised species with lots of small red damselfly, black darter and emerald damselfly. The ponds that are scattered throughout the reserve also have broad-bodied and four-spotted chaser with the larger ponds holding Emperor dragonfly. The flight season for hairy dragonfly is now almost over but black-tailed skimmer will still be flying for some time along with keeled skimmer, both rather scarce on the reserve. My favourite three species though are golden-ringed dragonfly which can be seen patrolling on the hillside at Foel Fawr and the banded and beautiful demoiselle, the latter occurs only at Allt-ddu (a seperate part of the reserve) whilst the former is occasionally seen on the main boundary ditch near Ynys Eidiol hide. One of our volunteers, Tony Allenby, has started a dragonfly survey of the ditches on the lowland wet grassland which should give us a clearer picture of the number of species and their abundance in this important habitat. I will be chasing lots of blue-tailed damsels in the hope of finding scarce blue-tailed damselfly but no luck so far.