Pond Dipping for the Under 7's
30 enthusiastic under 7’s and their parents enjoyed a fun afternoon (in 2 sessions), dipping Wellsway School’s excellent pond for animals, mostly invertebrates apart from Efts, or “newt poles” - young newts hatched from eggs laid in the pond earlier this year. These still have external gills to obtain oxygen from the water, but will lose these as they reach adulthood next spring, breathing through their skin or through their simple lungs.
As well as these, another 19 different invertebrate groups were identified, including dragonfly, damselfly and mayfly nymphs, greater and lesser water boatmen, freshwater shrimps and water lice.
Catch of the day were 3 large diving beetles, about 40 mm long. Superb specimens and voracious carnivores, as one gruesomely demonstrated as it pounced on and rapidly devoured an unfortunate Eft!
Photo: a selection of critters including one of the diving beetles collected