Autumn pond-dipping

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This month saw our last school visit for Pond Dipping at Normanby Hall Country Park. With the recent mixed weather we wondered what, if anything, they would find in the lake.The children were excited to find:

· Diving beetles

· Mayfly larvae

· Blood worms

· Freshwater shrimps

· Water fleas (Daphnia)

· Lesser water boatmen

· Flat worms

· A water hog louse

· A large water scorpion

One group were lucky enough to see two herons fly gracefully over the lake in search of some tasty fish for their lunch. All the groups managed to see the fallow, red and albino deer at close quarters.

A successful end to the season for the lake before the pond life hibernates for the winter.

Lisa Howarth, Learning Manager