8-year-old granddaughter has a new passion for pond dipping, and brings friends round to show them at every opportunity.
The main catch is baby common newts (efts). We had no ldea there were so many in the pond. Other catches included dragonfly larvae, pond skaters, spiders. The frogs hid.
This is a great way to get children interested in nature, and there was high excitement when a pretty well fully grown newt was caught in the net.
Later, another was caught and the 12-year-old gave a fortunately brief science lesson, capturing the poor newt in the birdbath for inspection before its release back to nature.
Interestingly, newts are nocturnal animals and spend the day in hiding, so maybe the ones in the pond are not yet fully grown.