Eco Club

Saturday, April 25th 2015

The weather is often mentioned on the blog, with words ranging from wet, misty, hot, cold, snow and sunny to mention just a few.  Today 'the weather' had obviously realised that it was the weekend and so changed from lovely and warm and sunny to cool, windy and a hint of rain.  Wrapped up warmly and armed with dishes and spoons, a white sheet and magnifying glasses Eco Club set off to look for minibeasts.

Conifer trees were shaken, little ones

Shaking a little conifer tree

and large ones.

Large conifers

There were not many invertebratres around in the conifers but we did see some greenfly,  a pine Weevil and a 7-spot Ladybird.

Our next tree to be shaken was the Bird Cherry.

Shaking the Bird Cherry

A tiny snail, another weevil and some flies were caught.

We then headed to the outdoor classroom to look under the logs.

Hunting under the logs

Hunting under the logs

The catch here was a little more interesting.   A Smooth Newt and a Common Toad were found.  Slugs, earthworms, woodlice and some millipedes, one of which was rather long with lots of legs, were gently placed in dishes so that they could all be looked at carefully.  They were returned to their logs before we headed back to the centre for a thaw!

Millipede

Thank you to everybody who helped today.  Thanks to Glennis for taking the photographs.

Later in the day the rain arrived, as forecast.  Two Greylag Geese were sitting on the duck field.  You can just see a hint of green as the vegetation begins to grow.

Greylag Geese  on duck field

These four male Mallard did  not appear to be impressed with the rain.

Male Mallard


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