The beautiful Milton Keynes nature reserve where 19 different species of dragonfly have been spotted

    Did you know there is a nature reserve in Milton Keynes where 19 different species of dragonflies have been recorded?

    Stony Stratford Nature Reserve is located off Queen Eleanor Street in Stony Stratford with a dedicated car park.

    It first opened in 1979 with a huge amount of work taking place at the site over the past few years to make it a great place to visit and explore local wildlife.

    19 different species of dragonfly have been reported here - which you can get a great look at from the dipping platform on the lake.

    Those dragonfly species include the small Red-eyed Damselfly, which only appeared in the UK in 1999.

    Meanwhile, you can expect to see buzzards, sparrow-hawks and kestrel's - and possibly a Red Kite if you are lucky!

    With no public toilets or cafe, the site is much more peaceful than other parks around Milton Keynes - making it perfect for a Summer afternoon relaxing walk.

    The Parks Trust have created a perfect 2.5 mile walk around the reserve.

    This route starts from the car park off Stratford Road, heading up Watermill Lane before following alongside the River Great Ouze.

    Eventually the route heads underneath the A5 and into the path surrounding the nature reserve itself before eventually making it back down Watermill Lane to the car park.

    You can see more details of the walk and the nature reserve by clicking here.

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