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Thursday, August 2nd 2012

Pond Dipping was the first August Antics event.  Children pond dipped at both platforms and their catch included tadpoles with legs, water boatmen of varying sizes, Pond Skaters, Pond Snails and 3 Spined Sticklebacks. 

Children on the pond dipping platform

We also looked at land snails and slugs and spotted a Common Blue Butterfly.  Back at the Field Centre they saw some of the moths caught last night and looked for the Queen Bee.

Amazingly the weather stayed dry for us, but the showers had left many water droplets on petals and leaves.  Foxgloves have done well this year but now only have flowers at the top of their stems.  These flowers were covered in rain drops.

Rain drops on Foxglove flowers

A bright splash of red usually indicates a Red Poppy flower, today with its accompanying rain drops.  Red Poppies often grow where the ground has been disturbed.  They do not flower for long and soon the red petals fall, leaving behind a beautiful seed head.

Red Poppy with rain drops

And of course it was not just the flowers showing off their beauty after the showers, but the grasses too!  The water droplets appear to defy gravity.

Water droplets on a grass leaf

Foxglove volunteers are out in all weathers and today was no exception as Mike and Tony continued their work on the bridges, whilst other volunteers carried out a variety of different tasks.  As always thank you for all your hard work.

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