Thursley Common

Thursley Common

Visit the official site website.


Thursley Common is part of the Thursley National Nature Reserve, managed by Natural England, and is a designated Site of Specific Scientific Interest. This is in recognition of the site’s remarkable wildlife and its diversity of habitats. The open water habitats, including the acidic bog pools, ditches and ponds support diverse communities of freshwater invertebrates, including dragonflies. It really is a fantastic site!

Take a walk along the Common’s boardwalk on a summer’s day and, if you’re lucky, you’ll see a wide variety of species at different stages of thier life cycle, emerging, breeding and egg laying. There is always lots to see throughout the season!

Species seen on site:

Southern Hawker    
Brown Hawker    
Common Hawker    
Migrant Hawker    
Golden-ringed Dragonfly    
Brilliant Emerald    
Downy Emerald
Black Darter    
Common Darters
Broad-bodied Chasers    
Four-spotted Chasers    
Black-tailed Skimmers    
Keeled Skimmer
Banded Demoiselle
Small Red Damselfly    
Azure Damselfly    
Common Blue Damselfly    
Red-eyed Damselfly    
Blue-tailed Damselfly
Large Red Damselfly    
Emerald Damselfly    
White-legged Damselfly    



Get Involved


The Thursley volunteer group meets every week on Thrusday and once a month on Sunday. Over the winter work is focused on habitat management, while over the summer its all about site maintenance and wildlife surveys. Everyone is welcome to join and no previous experience is needed; volunteering is a great way to find out more about the wildlife on site, develop new skills and make new friends!

Contact James Giles, the Reserve Manager, to find out more.



In order to manage the site in the best way possible for Dragonflies it is really important that the site management team know which species are there, and how their populations are doing.

If you are taking a trip to Thursley Common remember to report the species that you see.  If you are new to recording you can find more information here. Please report your sightings via iRecord here.

If you would like to get involved with recording Dragonflies on a regular basis at Thursley Common contact James Giles, the Reserve Manager, to find out more.




Visitor Information

Dogs on leads and responsible owners welcome.

Thursley Road

Free car parking.

Bus: The reserve can be reached by the 46 bus (Winchester - North Baddesley). The nearest but stop is a 10 minute walk north up Thursley Road.