A Lovely Day and Some News

Tuesday, June 21st 2011

Another class from Hipswell School visited for minibeast hunting, pond dipping and a habitat walk.  There were many flowers and insects to be seen in the warm, dry, sunny weather.  Pond dipping saw many tiny creatures caught.  Very few tadpoles found their way into the nets, but the bucket filled with water to clean the sink was full of them!

The minibeast hunt on the moorland revealed a spider with all her spiderlings still attached to her.  Sweep netting caught beautiful shiny green and bronze beetles, green insects and hundreds of tiny flies.  Eagle eyed children spotted this ladybird on the bridge by the sluice and although it appears to have a damaged wing it flew off after the photo call!

ladybird

Below is a  Ring Ouzel nest  the ringers visited at the weekend which had sadly been predated.  On a brighter note another nest nearby had fledged three young from five eggs.

Ring Ouzel nest


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