The Dragonfly Trail at Tarmac’s Panshanger Parkhas been enhanced to take in newly restored ponds and allow visitors to get closer to the park’s dragonflies and damselflies.

The waymarked trailnow takeswalkers up toponds created in 2005, which have been recentlyrestored to providemore open water habitat for dragonflies and damselflies. The trail is open access but dogs must be kept on leads to prevent disturbance to wildlife in and around the ponds.

Tarmac, who own and manage the park, are working in partnership with Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT) to open up parts of Panshanger Park’s historic landscape to the public, as both a country park and nature reserve. This is the first of more plannedimprovements to the trail for the future, as the area’s ponds are further developed.

Jennifer Gilbert, Panshanger Park People & Wildlife Officer, said: “The new improvedDragonfly Trail offers walkers the chance to get up close to the dragonflies and damselflies that live in the park. The trail takes visitors past a stream and ponds where there is the possibility of spotting these colourful creatures as they hunt over the water and amongst the surrounding vegetation.Our brand new viewing platform offers visitors the chance to look out over one of the ponds, giving fantastic views of dragonflies and damselflies as they fly past, hover and bask in the sun.

“The wetlands in this area of the park help support 18 of the 19 species of dragonfly regularly found in Hertfordshire which makes Panshanger one of the best places to spot dragonflies in the county. A number of fantastic new interpretation boards have also been installed along the trail to teach people about dragonflies and damselflies and how to identify them.”

Michael Charlton, Restoration Manager at Tarmac, said: “We are delighted to be able to open up the Dragonfly Trail further and offer visitors the opportunity to walk a route with such diverse wildlife spotting opportunities.

“In July 2015we opened the Oak Trail which takes in a lot of Panshanger’s rich history so this trail is a great complement, balancing heritage with Panshanger’s fantastic wildlife.We are committed to opening up Panshanger Park as much as we can whilst taking care to conserve and protect the diverse wildlife and rich history of the grounds”.