Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park

Heritage Site and Nature Reserve

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Marshland   

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The marsh is a lovely open sheltered spot where you can walk across a well-constructed boardwalk.  In the Summer it is a sunny, sheltered, nectar rich habitat which provides a perfect spot for flitting dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies and other insects.

There are many species of dragonfly and damselfly use the marshland area for feeding.  The hatchlings are called nymphs and shed their skin (exoskeleton) several times before they reach sexual maturity.  The mature nymph climbs up waterside vegetation and wriggles out of its skin, emerging as the flying insect. Some of the species regularly seen here are:

  • Azure damselfly (Coenagrion puella)
  • Common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum)
  • Large red damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)
  • Common darter dragonfly (Sympetrum striolatum)
  • Southern hawker dragonfly (Aeshna cyanea)
  • Emperor dragonfly (Anax imperator)
  • Broad–bodied chaser dragonfly (Libellula depressa)

 

The southern hawker is a beautiful mix of blues and greens and can
be seen through late summer period.


Willow herbs (Epilobium sp.), gypsywort (Lycopus europaeus), water figwort (Scrophularia auriculata) water mint (Mentha aquatica), ragged-Robin (Lycnis flos-cuculi) and other moisture loving plants dominate in the warmer months.

 

Although bees are commonly seen collecting pollen and nectar for
this species, common figwort has adapted to be specifically
pollinated by species of social wasps.

 

 




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