Wednesday, June 15th 2011

More pupils from Hipswell School came to explore Foxglove Covert and found all kinds of creatures! Pond-dipping was very succesful and the catch included this carnivorous Diving Beetle larva below.

Diving Beetle larva

Another group pond-dipping caught an adult Diving Beetle seen here.

Adult Diving Beetle

The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were delighted to find a Caddis fly larva too.


Over at the outdoor classroom, there was great excitement when this Toad was discovered in the log pile.

Toad in the hand!

This Millipede was also found at the outdoor classroom by Brian's young 'rooters'!


Found on the heathland, Sinodendron cylindricum is a new species to the reserve. Only the male has the rhinoceros-like horn. It feeds on oozing sap but it breeds in rotting stumps, especially Beech.

20 moths of 13 different species were trapped last night. These included, Purple Clay, July Belle, Buff Ermine, Iron Prominent and Swallow Prominent (shown here).

Swallow Prominent

Thank you to all of the children for being so enthusiastic and to Brian and Elizabeth for sharing your knowledge today.

(3) Comments:

rhiannon responded on 16th Jun 2011 with...

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I found a caddis fly larva and its home was made out off sticks and i caught a pregnant stickle back and I really enjoyed the activity day i was really happy i had caught the caddis fly larva and we left it in for the other groups to have a look at.


Rhiannon dalton responded on 16th Jun 2011 with...

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I found a caddis fly lava and its home was made of sticks and the water got muddy and we couldn’t find it but we did eventually we left it for an other group to look at.
I also found a pregnant stickle back we also found a mino and a large tadpole we also lost a couple of nets and sheets but we fished them out eventually.
I had a lovely time and wrote down everything i was really happy to beleive all the different of species of plants and animals it was a delightful day and i thank all the helpers including strider and all the other helpers and thanks for the best time i hope in years to come it will have more species and it will still be a great nature reserve.


rosemary responded on 17th Jun 2011 with...

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it was really fun going there and finding out new things thanks very much smile


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