Outdoor Hour Challenge from The Handbook of Nature Study Blog
August has definitely been the month of pond dipping around here and not through any effort on my part! It’s just been one of those things that we seem to have done lots of.
We went to the RSPB reserve at Fairburn Ings at the weekend, again by chance as we were nearby, and I knew that you could get pond dipping equipment for £1 and do it by yourself there. James enjoyed the pond dipping so much at birdfair so I guessed he’d enjoy it there too.
For some reason I thought we wouldn’t catch very much, probably as some others near us said as they were leaving that they only got lesser water boatmen and a couple of fish. The first couple of dips didn’t produce much to look at but we persevered and in the end managed quite a haul with:
about 7 fish (sticklebacks I think)
3 newts! (I have never caught a newt – we were all excited at this!!)
loads of snails – both ramshorn and greater pond snails.
greater water boatmen
lesser water boatmen
a pond skater
I think the more we learn about these creatures the more exciting it is to go pond dipping and find them. We’ve certainly been doing it since the kids were really small(er), but this year has been great fun in a different way.