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Little Bradley Ponds

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 takes to the wing

Emperor dragonfly. Photo, Chris Root 

 

Dragonfly heaven

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 are also found here.

 

Be aware

The nature reserve's two ponds are deep, steep-sided and contain hidden obstructions. For these reasons swimming is not permitted.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Wetland

Nearby nature reserves

Chudleigh Knighton Heath
1 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust
Bovey Heathfield
1 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust
Teigngrace Meadow
1 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
1km from Dunley Cross, heading towards Bovey Tracey. Look for small turn on left.
Bovey Tracey
Devon
TQ13 9PJ
Map reference
SX 829 778
Great for...
getting away from it all
Best time to visit
Apr - Oct
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
4.00 hectares
Access
Paths and boardwalks. Some steep gradients; can be muddy in places, wellingtons are recommended; reserve is split into two by a minor road.
Walking information
Some steep gradients; can be muddy in places, wellingtons are recommended; reserve is split into two by the road and access to one of the halves is via a stile allow 30 minutes to walk around the ponds.
Parking
Limited to roadside parking at reserve's entrance.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
no
Reserve manager
Devon Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01392 279244
contactus@devonwildlifetrust.org