A number of different dragonfly species can now be seen around the valley. One of the most striking is the Broad-bodied Chaser with its distinctive wing markings. Adult males (shown here) have a powder blue abdomen while the females and immature males are orange/brown. They can be seen throughout May, June and July and sometimes into August. Other species can be seen well into the Autumn. The Broad-bodied Chasers sometimes perch for long periods and don’t seem to mind being carefully approached so you may get some good views. There are quite a lot about, but mostly males.