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Upton Fen

A Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserve, this is the leading site for dragonflies in Norfolk, as well as being home to Swallowtail butterflies, orchids and Hobbies.

Directions

Upton Broad is not the easiest site to find. Take the A47 Norwich to Yarmouth road as far as Acle. From Acle take the B1140 road to South Walsham and take the third right turn towards Pilson Green. Drive down till you see Low Road on your left (There's a road sign - no through road - which is your best clue as you approach) You'll find the car park 200m on your right - free parking.

Tour

From the car park you pass through a wooden gate and across a bridge. The guide to dragonflies sign here shows how seriously this reserve takes its dragonflies. The area immediately in front of you is dotted with tiny ponds, no more than two feet across. Amazingly they support the wide diversity of dragonflies you'll see here. Common Blue, Azure, Blue-tailed and Variable Damselflies, Emperors and Common Darters are all to be seen here. Turning right, take the board walk (black-tailed skimmers, darters) to the look out platform. This looks out over the marshes. Check here for red-eyed damselflies (and Hobbies and Marsh Harriers over the marshes). Continuing along the grass paths will give more opportunities for Hairy, Norfolk, Southern, Brown and Migrant Hawkers before you reach the hide - good for four-spotted chasers and ruddy darters. The paths will then return you to the start.

These species have been recorded at this site.

Clicking on the English name will take you to the specific page

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