Damsel and dragonflies in the spotlight

Damsel and dragonflies are being brought to the attention of visitors to the Coire Loch, Glen Affric.

The Forest Enterprise Scotland team in the area will next week (Thursday 5th July, 11am to 1pm) hold a "Dragons and Damsels" walk to open visitor's eyes to the fascinating lives of these amazing insects.

The new 'Damsel and dragonflies' panel at Glen Affric

Photo: Andrea Hudspeth and Colin Hall, British Dragonfly Society, Jim McAuley, Strathglass Marketing Group, Sandra Reid FCS Recreation ranger.

Starting from Dog Falls car park the walk will go to the loch and a newly installed interpretation panel designed to help visitors identify different species of damsel and dragonflies.

The board highlights 8 of the 15 species that have been spotted at the loch.

Sandra Reid, for the FES team in the area said;

“Glen Affric is undoubtedly one of the best sites for dragonflies in the north of Scotland.

“No fewer than 15, beautifully colourful species of damsel and dragonflies have been spotted here and some of them are rare in Britain and Europe, so it really is a top spot for enthusiasts.

“The new board will help people identify the species that are present and visitors could see anything from a four spotted chaser, large red or common blue damselflies to a common hawker, golden ringed dragonfly or the rarer brilliant emerald or white faced darter.

“On a very good day – when your luck is in – you might even see an azure hawker.”

Put in place by Forest Enterprise Scotland, the board was designed with the help of the Strathglass Marketing Group and the British Dragonfly Society.

The Board, together with general improvements of the path surface leading to the loch, have been funded with income raised from car parking charges.

To book a place on the walk or to find out more, contact the local team on 0300 067 6100 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Notes to editors

  1. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of the Forestry Commission and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  2. FES and community groups (including the Strathglass Marketing Group) in the Cannich and Strathglass area have been working together as the Glen Affric Community Partnership on projects in Glen Affric that will enhance the experience of visitors and locals.
  3. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus bidh e a’ toirt seachad comhairle air poileasaidhean coilltearachd agus air riaghladh. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta as leth Ministearan na h-Alba.
  4. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.