A visit to the crystal clear waters of Felmersham Gravel Pits in the summer is a very rewarding experience. Since gravel extraction stopped in the 1940s, the site has developed into shallow finger lakes surrounded by woodland and flower-rich grassland. On a single visit, you can easily spot more than ten species of dragonfly and damselfly; 23 separate species were recorded during surveys in 2018.
If you sit on the banks and look under the water, you may see some interesting plant species. The site is one of the few of our reserves where you can see the locally rare whorled water-milfoil Myriophyllum verticillatum and bladderwort Utricularia australis. Milfoil is an attractive submerged plant with feather-like leaves; this species has disappeared from a number of former sites due to decreases in water quality and habitat destruction. Bladderwort is a fascinating carnivorous plant, with tiny bladders that allow it to ingest small invertebrates. This species has also declined in lowland England and is considered particularly sensitive to competition from other submerged plant species.