Dragonflies at Danes Moss
Danes Moss is a hotspot for dragonflies. 17 of the 26 species occurring in Cheshire have been recorded here. Nine so far have been recorded within the proposed development area.
The most important area for them is the series of pools in the North-East area of the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) which is also the area that is closest to the proposed development area. The ability of these pools to hold water all year round will be heavily dependent on the water table of the surrounding moss. A lowering of the water table therefore would have dire consequences for the populations of dragonflies and damselflies.
Natural England, the public body responsible for protecting England’s natural environment have stated that,
“Due to the depth of peat across the development site, major ground stabilisation works are required which could have a devastating effect on the hydrology of the whole area.”
As yet, there has been no clear investigation on the impacts of the proposed development on water table of the legally protected SSSI. This illustrates the dire impact the proposed development could have on our natural heritage in the immediate area.
Of the species found at Danes Moss three are in serious decline nationally:
- Emerald Damselfly
- Black Dater
- Blue-tailed Damselfly (recorded in the development area)
To find out more about dragonflies across Cheshire, take a look at the Cheshire Dragonflies Blog here