Female Small Red Damselfly - Ceriagrion tenellumInsect Photography at Rospannel Farm

Sunday 25th July 2010  

Start time 10.00am

Meeting at Rospannel Farm(SW390263). Head west along the A30 from Penzance, turning left at the centre of the hamlet of Crows-an-Wra. Follow the single track road for approximately 1km to where the road ends. The entrance drive to Rospannel Farm runs south from this point. Park as instructed at the farm.     

We will be concentrating on photographing moths & dragonflies at this excellent site which is farmed by Bernard Hocking with wildlife very much in mind .  
Moth traps will be run the night before and we will initially be joined by members of the local moth group. Bernard has created a large pool on the edge of a small area of heathland which has been a dragonfly key site for the last two decades with good populations of the nationally scarce Small Red Damselfly - Ceriagrion tenellum. It is also one of the farms that grazed the adjacent common land prior to the only known former Southern Damselfly site in Cornwall becoming extinct here at the end of the 1950's/early 1960's once the grazing stopped and the willows smothered the site.

Possibly moving to another site in Penwith later in the day. Bring camera, macro lens, tripod, packed lunch, and suitable clothing & footwear.  Leaders Steve Jones & David Chapman.
All welcome.

Poplar Hawkmoth - Laothoe populi