The birds and the bees and... dragonflies were soaking up the sun at a Sussex nature reserve.

Stonechats, blue tits and goldfinches were among the creatures camera club snapper Suzi Sullivan captured when she took a trip to the RSPB's Pulborough Brooks.

Pulborough Brooks is in the Arun Valley between Pulborough and Storrington and is home to a range of habitats from grasslands and wildflower meadows to heathland and forests.

A male stonechat singing its heart outA male stonechat singing its heart out (Image: Suzi Sullivan)

The RSPB suggests visitors head to the reserve's ponds and ditches in search of dragons and damsels in summer – it is one of the top sites for dragonflies in Sussex and you can hear the clash of wings as these fearsome predators do battle. 

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Suzi captured the blue iridescence of a banded demoiselle, a large metallic damselfly and the brilliant orange of a scarce chaser dragonfly.

A banded demoiselle, a type of damselflyA banded demoiselle, a type of damselfly (Image: Suzi Sullivan)

She also snapped a male and female stonechat - perhaps new parents - and even caught the male with a large insect in its mouth which could make a great meal for a hungry chick. 

At dusk in June and July, lucky visitors might hear nightjars churring on the heath or spot bats zigzagging overheard.

RSPB Pulborough Brooks, which is off the A283 between Pulborough and Storrington, is open every day.