Thursday, 14 June 2018

Norfolk Hawker Dragonfly

We have just returned from a few days away with friends on the Suffolk coast. Soon after our arrival, I was out on the marshes looking for wildlife in general and the rare Norfolk Hawker (Aeshna isosceles) in particular. This dragonfly has traditionally been restricted to the Norfolk Broads but in recent years it has been appearing along the Suffolk coastal marshes and also in North Kent.
Whether the species has expanded its range out of Norfolk or whether populations have been established by migrants from Europe is unclear. I suspect the latter but either way it is good to see this lovely species of dragonfly expanding its range in England.
Norfolk Hawker (Aeshna isosceles) (males)

Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetle (Agapanthia villosoviridescens)

Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) (female)

Southern Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza praetermissa)

The Saxon burial grounds at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk have long been on my 'must visit' list. This is a significant historical site where, in 1939, a local archaeologist, Basil Brown, discovered a Saxon ship burial. In fact, two ship burials were uncovered on the site. These and only one other, at nearby Snape, have ever been discovered in Britain.

The famous 'Mound 1' where the intact ship burial containing the Sutton Hoo helmet was discovered.


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