Saturday, 10 June 2017

An amazing array of animals.

This week, our Outdoor Science sessions focussed on surveying our 'new' pond; seeing what is now living there.

It has only been ten weeks since the filling of the refurbished pond by Chris Wright, ably assisted by members of Kingfisher Class.  

Chris Wright with Kingfishers, clearing the pond back in February.

We had, over the last few weeks, spotted several newts lurking in the water, had seen some frog and toad spawn and had watched tadpoles develop, but now it was the time to see what invertebrate life had set-up home in the water.

We were truly amazed by what we found:  diving beetles, dragonfly nymphs, beetle lavae, bloodworms, snails, water fleas, pond skaters, water boatmen, whirlgig beetles and water hog-lice.

Over the next few weeks we will be investigating pond life further; learning to use identification keys and charts, investigating adaptations and drawing / modelling of animals.    

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