Day 1 of #30DaysWild has finally arrived and it's turned out to be a damp, drizzly sort of day. We'd decided to do some half term pond dipping at College Lake and weren't going to be put off by a bit of rain.
|College Lake through the gloom|
|The slugs were out partying around College Lake and this one was enjoying |
a field mushroom that had appeared in the meadow.
Then they inspected their finds, separating the creatures from the mud and trying to identify everything. Once the mud had settled they soon found all sorts of things swimming, wriggling and darting around in the water.
So what did they find lurking in the depths of the pond ...
|Female smooth newt|
|Male smooth newt|
|An immature newt (sort of a newtlet) called an eft|
|Caddis fly larva - they construct this elaborate case out of whatever they|
can find, such as weed, stones and twigs. You can see the larva's head sticking
out of its case on the left
|Great diving beetle larva - a ferocious carnivore that will eat almost anything|
it can catch with their large jaws. They stick their tail out of the water to
|Dragonfly nymph - another carnivore. Dragonflies may spend several years|
as nymphs before they emerge as the adult winged form.
|The dragonfly nymph decided it fancied caddis fly larva for lunch!|
|Unusual colouring for a water boatman|
When we'd finished we walked back through the woods and had a look under logs, where we found newts, common frogs and common toads.