Rare damselfly spotted in Milton Keynes for the first time

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In a real coup for nature lovers across the city, the Willow Emerald damselfly has been spotted at Tattenhoe Valley Park.

This is the first time this rare insect has been recorded in Milton Keynes and even Buckinghamshire as a whole.

The Willow Emerald damselfly was spotted by one of The Parks Trust’s dedicated volunteers, Harry Appleyard, at a pond in Tattenhoe.

Harry and Martin Kincaid, Biodiversity Officer for The Parks Trust, were able to watch a female damselfly ovipositing (laying eggs) on a goat willow tree by the water.

“This is a really exciting discovery and full credit to Harry who walks this patch regularly and reports the wildlife he finds,” said Martin.

“This is one of a number of insects which is increasing its range in the UK with climate change and it’s great that the first Bucks record has come from Milton Keynes.”