RSPB Montiaghs Moss

Round-leaved Sundew, Drosera rotundifolia. Try to spot this carnivorous plant at “the Montiaghs”

On June 3rd some of our group members joined Lough Neagh Warden Cathryn Cochrane for the guided Dragonfly Walk at Montiaghs Moss, our newest RSPB reserve.

We saw plenty of Four-Spotted Chasers, Hairy Hawkers (one netted and in the hand) and the very special Irish Damselfly, as well as some of the other blue damselfies and one or two Large Reds.

Four spotted chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, adult basking, RSPB Strumpshaw Fen Nature Reserve, Norfolk, June

The butterflies weren’t so obliging on this occasion, but it is possible to see the stunning Green Hairstreak and maybe even Marsh Fritillary on site.

Meadow Pipits were spotted parachuting in their display flight, and Black-headed Gulls from nearby colonies on Lough Neagh flew overhead.

The summer months are by far the best time to get out and explore this place, and the car park and boardwalk have certainly made it more accessible, so do pay a visit and let us know what you spot.