Sweep Netting in the Sunshine

Thursday, May 23rd 2019

Pupils from Hipswell C of E Primary School have been exploring and learning about the wildlife on the reserve this week. Reception, Year One and Year Two all did some pond dipping, enjoyed a habitat walk and went on a 'Minibeast Safari'. The sunny spells were perfect for a bit of sweep netting on the hay meadow.

When the net contents were emptied into the trays a main highlight was the 'Timothy Grass Bugs' which were abundant!

The really exciting finds were put into small clear pots for a closer look.


The budding entomologists soon became skilled at catching all kinds of creatures that were hiding in the grass. The time flew by!

This Fourteen Spot Ladybird was one of the best finds.

Later in the day, this stunning juvenile Broad Bodied Chaser (Dragonfly) was spotted close to the outdoor classroom. Christine managed to get a fantastic photograph.


Thank you to everyone who helped out with the school visits and to Team Wednesday for identifying yet more species.


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