Three Mile Beach is situated in one of the most glorious places for wildlife-watching in Cornwall, writes local nature-writer and photographer, David Chapman. In a series of features, David shares his knowledge of the wildlife that can be found in the towans (a local name for dunes) within a short walk of your beach house. Here he looks at insects.
The nature reserve of St Gothian Sands, a short distance to the north of Three Mile Beach, is situated at the mouth of the Red River and has a lake and wetland. This is the best spot in the area to look for dragonflies and though there aren’t any nationally rare species to be found here it is always a treat to see large colourful species such as the golden-ringed dragonfly and the beautiful demoiselle which are most frequent along the reed-fringed riverside.