The kids were most excited about the pond dipping so we had a go at that first.
There were lots of dragonflies and damselflies flying over the pond, including a huge blue emperor dragonfly and a blue and black broad-bodied chaser. The kids soon caught all sorts of little creatures, which they put into water-filled trays so they could examine them closer. The smooth newts were probably their favourite finds though!
Some of their other discoveries ...
|Pond snail - It had a wonderful pointy shell and its curved antennae made it |
look a bit like a horned Viking helmet!
|Greater water boatman (swimming on its back) and a mayfly nymph|
|The discarded skin of a damselfly nymph|
A bit of bug hunting and BMG found another newt hiding under the bark on a log.
|A smooth newt and a slug|
We walked back through the woods and BMG did a bit more pond dipping. She then had a go at sweep netting around the pond, where she caught a newly emerged damselfly and a sloe shieldbug.
|Back through the woods|
|Having a go at sweep netting|
|Newly emerged damselfly - still needs to pump its wings up|
|Doing the hoovering!|