An Even Hotter day!

Monday, June 19th 2017

One of the hottest days of the year saw another visit from Hipswell C of E Primary school. Year groups of 4 and 5 undertook a number of activities across the reserve, including pond dipping, habitat walks and searching for minibeasts. Despite the heat the wildlife was out in force and these activities were wonderfully successful…

Damp and cool conditions under rotting logs provided the perfect refuge from the sun for all manner of minibeast…

Net sweeping the meadows was highly productive, with mini beasts such as scorpion flies, grass-hoppers and plant bugs being caught in theirs dozens with only a couple of sweeps…

Pond dipping also yielded many treats including Great diving beetles, Horse leeches, Damsel fly larvae as well as sticklebacks and tadpoles aplenty…

After the school had left, attentions were quickly turned to the refurbishment of the honey bee display within the field centre. This was in preparation for a new colony of honey bees that is set to be delivered tomorrow. Perspex that had been stained by honey bee propolis and clouded by the sun over time had to be replaced…

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