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School visits and happy helpers

Wednesday, June 13th 2018

Firstly I would like to thank all of my happy helpers today, both those helping with the school groups that enjoyed a wonderful visit to the Reserve, and all those that helped Elizabeth prepare for tomorrow's Coffee Morning at Richmond Town Hall.

We were joined today by (almost) the entirety of Leeming & Londonderry Community Primary School, from Foundation level all the way up to Key Stage 2. We had a variety of activities going on simultaneously, including Pond Dipping, a Mini-beast Hunt and Habitat Walks. 

 

Pond Dipping proved popular as ever, where the groups found yet more Great Diving Beetle larvae exuvia.

Unlike us, insects such as the Great Diving Beetle are exoskeletal, meaning that they have external skeletons. As a consequence these creatures must periodically moult their external skeleton leaving behind an exuviae.

Exuvia can be very useful to biologists as they can be used to identify species when it is not practical or possible to study a species directly. 

We were also joined by Risedale School again today who have been helping to tidy up the brash that was cut during our recent work on the Scrapes.

Almost all of the piles have now been cleared up and stored at the bullet catcher, with the remaining piles being moved by our Thursday Volunteers tomorrow.


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