Pond Life



Most of the time the sea in the Bay is pretty placid. But once in a while we do get some waves. Here’s some evidence from one of our local walks with our American cousins.

On another local walk we visited Burtonwell Wood rift cave…


The passage runs parallel to the cliff-face, and part way along there’s a spot where it’s possible to climb up to a ‘window’…



From the cave we walked to Woodwell. We often visit, but this time we came prepared with nets and plastic tubs…


The kids caught quite a variety of pond life. I think that this…


…is probably a Three-Spined Stickleback. (But, as always, I stand ready to be corrected.)


Pond Skaters.



I’d call that upside down insect a Water Boatman, my field guide tells me that it is a Common Backswimmer (also know as a Water Boatman). The rather splendidly red snail is a Great Ramshorn (I think).


This must be a Water Beetle, but I’m really not sure which kind.


Here, the Water Boatman has a silvery sheen due to a trapped air bubble which it uses to enable it to breath.


We were all fascinated by the contents of our tubs.

Well…almost all…


Later that day we wandered into Eaves Wood for a bit of tree-climbing. Professor A can never resist joining the kids…


Once again, B’s busted arm proved to be a great hindrance…


Here we all are by the Pepper Pot…


Pond Life

2 thoughts on “Pond Life

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      I think the newts must have seen us coming and taken evasive action. I’ve had a top tip about somewhere else to find newts locally, but haven’t investigated it yet.

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