Earlier in the Month I paid a visit to Ashington Community Woodland I been before a couple of years ago looking for dragonflies so I thought it time for another visit , access can be had either from the Lynemouth road or as I did from near Ashington parking just down from Asda at Morrisons the glazer and walking along the track of which there are numerous , eventually coming to the large pond a gut I was talking said they had cleared out all the channels causing the pond to drain but it was now sorted ,but the channels are bare and stark only a couple of Moorhen and coots on the pond plenty of Damselflies about also a few Common Darter . A Southern Hawker patrolled the path eventually landing you have to fix your gaze on them as you follow them to the perch it's easy to lose them and you can flush them before they are located to photograph. There was an abundant show of Common Centaury which I forgot to photograph it seems to like the harsh soil here not sure of the makeup but it's typical of old mine workings , the mostly pine woodland was rather dense perhaps they will thin it out at some stage allowing the deciduous trees to flourish , it's well worth a look , there is also a boardwalked dipping pond and numerous tracks to follow , it must attract Crossbills in the Winter surely. There is a railway line along side most of the track holding pins have been stolen and at a point nearer the road even some lengths of track have gone ,must have been some effort to cart them off in a little Corsa, you would have to stick it through and out the window again , everybody lean over to the other side please !!!! Wait how stupid of me they where probably on bikes !!
Southern hawker not sure of the function of the hair , the wings have a fantastic structure