Exciting Finds

Friday, September 1st 2017

Today saw the last of our summer holiday family activities with a pond dipping session.

Exciting finds of the day included a large diving beetle larva, a water measurer and a water scorpion! The water scorpion looks pretty intimidating with its powerful grasping forelegs: It uses these to close around its prey. However the spike at its rear is simply a breathing tube, which it uses like a snorkel.

We learnt about water voles, but they were keeping out of the way by the dipping platforms but we saw some on our camera footage and then made some to take home!

Elsewhere Colin filled our bird feeders ready for the weekend... 

...and Chris and Brian did another fungi survey - these are just the finds they had to bring back to look up, but they found over 30 species! Thank you all for helping.

And we spent the afternoon troubleshooting and repairing strimmers.


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