A boardwalk reaches out across the water of Little Bradley Ponds
One of Devon's top dragonfly watching spots
Two large ponds in an area of former clay working; well known for its abundance of dragonflies
This nature reserve is one of Devon's top places for dragonfly and damselfly watching. Bring binoculars for an up close view of these wonderful insects.
Emperor dragonfly. Photo, Chris Root
Little Bradley Ponds consists of two large ponds in an area of former clay workings. More than 20 species of dragonfly and damselfly have been spotted here. Rarities include hairy dragonflies, downy emerald dragonflies, ruddy darters, small red damselflies and scarce blue-tailed damselflies.
The ponds are also an important amphibian breeding spot, especially for toads. Great crested newts have also been found here.
The nature reserve's two ponds are deep, steep-sided and contain hidden obstructions. For these reasons swimming is not permitted.
Combine a visit to this nature reserve with one to nearby Chudleigh Knighton Heath. If you like heathland then you'll also enjoy visiting our Bovey Heathfield nature reserve - just 10 minutes away by road. You can visit all three nature reserves by taking our 4.5 mile Bovey Basin Wild Walk.
Species and habitats