Today, while surveying a private wood at Udimore for Butterfly Conservation’s Rother Woods Project, Steve Wheatley and his group found a male Golden-ringed Dragonfly patrolling a sunny ride by a pond. This was very unexpected, since the nearest known colonies of this acid-heathland species are in the Ashdown Forest area (though it has been seen at Darwell). This is one of Britain’s largest dragonflies and very distinctive. Although it settled occasionally and very close, I wasn’t quick enough to photograph it, so this photo is of one I took last weekend on a field trip in Ashdown Forest. A return visit later failed to find it, so it may have been just passing through, a chance encounter - though from where, and to where? We also found 5 White Admirals, one of which, with damaged wings, is shown below.