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A Cold Day

Wednesday, May 25th 2016

Today was cold and grey at Foxglove, and the forecast threatened a wet day. However, this did not deter Leeming and Londonderry Community Primary School, who came clad in waterproofs and wellies, ready for a good day out whatever the weather. The children were split into groups. One group set off pond dipping, to see what they could find lurking in the water.

Many Toad tadpoles were caught, plus a few Caddis Fly larvae, some Sticklebacks, a large Water-Boatman and a good sized Pond Snail.

Elsewhere, hunting for small creatures continued, with a minibeast hunt. This involved searching under logs, shaking tree branches to see what could be found, and playing camouflage games.  A Garden Tiger caterpillar was found.

In the afternoon, the children explored the reserve on a walk, where they visited a variety of the reserves’ different habitats and looked at some of the creatures that live in them.

By late afternoon it was starting to drizzle, but this did not spoil the day and the children left the reserve with big smiles.

Sadly the cold weather meant that fewer than usual creatures were seen today. Not one Damselfly or Butterfly showed itself. The moth trap that was set last night as usual, didn’t manage to catch a single moth, so the moth identification volunteers were left with nothing to look at this morning.

Despite the cold it was busy at Foxglove today. In addition to the school pupils and the hopeful moth identifiers, the monthly wildflower walk also took place which was well attended. At lunchtime, the field centre was full to the brim with all of these people. It is great to see what a hive of activity it is on a day like today.


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