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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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24 March, 2015

Keeled Skimmer: on an even keel | Nature Notes from Dorset

The keeled skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens) is a specialist of wet heathland and bog, especially in areas where sphagnum mosses thrive. As a result the heathland areas of Dorset are one of its strongholds in this country and it is, nationally, quite rare. Where it does occur, however, it can be abundant.
Easily dismissed at first sight as a broad-bodied chaser because of its bright blue body (the male that is) closer examination, if it settles, will show a narrower body tapering to a point at the tail. It also lacks the yellow side markings on the abdomen.

Read more: Keeled Skimmer: on an even keel | Nature Notes from Dorset