Troublefield Nature Reserve
Tucked in behind Hurn airport this little reserve is a great location for dragonfly spotting.
Surrounded on one side by the Moors River and by well vegetated ditches on the other, this reserve is home to up to 16 species of dragonfly, with the combination of flowing and standing water alongside rushy grassland, trees and scrub creating a variety of conditions to suit a range of different species. As well as dragonflies look out for the colourful floodplain flowers of flag iris, purple loosestrife and meadowsweet as well as a host of insect and bird life.
From Hurn post office travel 600m up Matchams Lane, turn left down a hidden track. Follow the track for about 250m to where the track widens with room to park one or two cars. To enter the reserve, head along the track to the right of the house for about 50m.
Access and safety
The south meadow is accessed through the field gate at the end of the entrance track. A short ride (ungated) also comes off the entrance track through the edge of the wood, with access to the north meadow through the field gate at the end. There are no marked paths on site with visitors able to wander through the meadows as they please. The ground tends to be wet and can be quite uneven in places.
Visitors should take care at the edges of the ditches and river and especially avoid standing on any areas of overhanging banks. The river itself is deep and can be fast flowing. Please be careful of overhanging branches in, or following strong winds. The fields are grazed during spring and summer - keep your distance and observe any signs, and ticks may be present on site. For more advice please see our Visitor Information page.
Species and habitats
Floodplain wet meadows, woodland, river, ditch.
Heron, snipe, arrowhead, waterlily, marsh pennywort, meadowsweet, beautiful demoiselle, golden-ringed dragonfly, scarce chaser.
Nearby nature reserves
Nature reserve map
Contains derived data © Crown copyright and database right 2012.Ordnance Survey LA100019790.
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