WHERE TO WATCH?
The recent expansion in the range of the Hobby has seen them move away from their previous stronghold of southern heathlands. These sites are all good places to find them:
STODMARSH NNR: One of several Kent sites that attract good numbers throughout the summer, feeding on the plentiful dragonflies and hirundines available. NENE WASHES: The car-park and viewpoint at Eldernell, near Peterborough, is a reliable place to see them hawking over the pastures and drains. SHAPWICK HEATH NNR: The Somerset Levels in general see large numbers of Hobbies these days, but this is a particular hotspot. LLANELLI WWT: The reedbeds and pools here provide perfect habitat for Hobby, which has expanded its range in Wales. THORNE MOORS, NEAR DONCASTER: A reliable site, not as easy to access as some. LEIGHTON MOSS RSPB: As Hobbies spread north, any sites with extensive reedbeds and wet areas are excellent places to look for them – this reserve in Lancashire is one of the best. MIDDLETON LAKES RSPB: The whole Tame Valley area in Staffordshire is good for Hobby, with this reserve offering good viewing opportunities.