Year 10 students found a massive variety of wildlife during a session of pond-dipping. They used nets to retrieve the species that were put into buckets for identification. They found larvae of dragonflies, damselflies and mayflies, along with water species of fleas, snails, spiders and water scorpions.
The students, who worked in small groups, were accompanied by Mrs Black, Miss Golby and Mrs Annable who said:'This is a really teeming wildlife habitat and we have caught and identified all the species that we expected to including water scorpions. The species that we find are indicators of how clean the pond water is. The students have been very careful not to harm any of the creatures and they will all be safely returned to their habitat.'
Connor Curran said: 'I put the net in the pond, moved it around carefully and identified the species that we caught. I like the newts, they are about 10cm long, slimy and a blackish brown colour with a yellow belly. You have to be careful about returning them to where you found them. It is good fun. We also did pond dipping two years ago and we are finding a lot more species now.
Jamie Anderson added:'It is interesting to see how we find all different kinds of insects and we put them in buckets to figure out what they are and what they are doing. It is nice to be out in the sunshine.'