Common to Norfolk, the black-tailed skimmer can be spotted at many of the NWT Nature Reserves. The male’s blue abdomen and the female’s yellow colouration make the black-tailed skimmer a distinctive, easy-to-spot creature.
Black-tailed Skimmers appear to be increasing their range and spreading northwards in Britain. In part, this may be due to the increased number of gravel pits being given over to wildlife, especially in southern England. In Norfolk they can be found throughout the county from the Broads and Brecks to the north Norfolk coast.
Leave patches of bare ground around the edges of larger water bodies and leave cut grass and other vegetation to dry out in ‘habitat piles’. These pale areas will attract basking dragonflies. Skimmers hunt from low perches, so placing a few sticks or twigs close to the water’s edge will also encourage them.