Rare Damelflies seen on local natural reserve

Nature lovers and staff at the Fenn’s, Whixall & Bettisfield Mosses National Nature Reserve (NNR) outside Whitchurch are celebrating after a sighting of rare damselflies.

The Red-eyed damselflies were captured by photographer Stephen Barlow and have not been seen on the Moss since 1950.

Natural England’s Marches Mosses BogLIFE project officer Dr Joan Daniels admitted they were delighted.

She said: “This is a fantastic find by our volunteer photographer and it confirms the potential of our new method of re-wetting the outer areas of the Mosses to bring some of our very special bog species back from the brink.”