Dragons fly into focus at Panshanger

PUBLISHED: 13:49 08 October 2016

Dragonfly Trail viewing platform

Dragonfly Trail viewing platform

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Visitors to Panshanger Park on the outskirts of Welwyn Garden City will be able to enjoy close-up views of spectacular flying beasts thanks to new improvements.

The park’s Dragonfly Trail now takes in ponds that were dug in 2005 but have recently been restored, and also gives views of a

stream where several species live.

All but one of Hertfordshire’s 19 species of dragonfly and damselfly occur in the park, one of the best sites for the colourful insects in the county.

People and wildlife officer Jennifer Gilbert said: “Our brand new viewing platform offers visitors the chance to look out over one of the ponds, giving fantastic views of dragonflies and damselflies as they fly past, hover and bask in the sun.

“A number of fantastic new interpretation boards have also been installed along the trail to teach people about dragonflies and damselflies and how to identify them.”

Tarmac restoration manager Michael Charlton said: “In July 2015 we opened the Oak Trail, which takes in a lot of Panshanger’s rich history, so this trail is a great complement, balancing heritage with Panshanger’s fantastic wildlife.

“We are committed to opening up Panshanger Park as much as we can whilst taking care to conserve and protect the diverse wildlife and rich history of the grounds.”

Tarmac plans further improvements to the trail in the future.

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