|Pond dipping at the new pond|
Within the last couple of years, the staff of Strumpshaw had created a new pond for dipping near the entrance of the meadow trail. It has been left untouched until now so that life could establish itself in and around it. Today we christen it by plunging the first nets into it for the very first time. What we could haul out is anyone's guess. The children were happy to find out for us and they were finding all sorts of great things. It is amazing how quickly an ecosystem can establish itself as they found water boatmen, dragonfly and damselfly nymphs, even stickleback fish!
|Water Boatmen, Dragonfly Nymph, Stickleback and Pond Snails|
|Diving Beetle Larva|
|Pond dipping at the old pond|
|Diving Beetle Larva (of a smaller species)|
|Lesser Black-backed Gull|
|Jay eating a biscuit that someone dropped|