Milngavie Early Learning Centre

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Pond Dipping


Last week Maureen cleared the pond weed which was smothering our wee pond and spotted some interesting wee inhabitants.  Today she got the nets and viewing jars out and took the children out to do a bit of pond dipping.  There was great excitement when the children found tadpoles that were still developing, and also – tiny little NEWTS!!!!!  If you haven’t seen a newt before, they look like wee amphibious lizards.  Baby newts are even more exciting as they have gills that look like wings and they look a lot like a tiny baby dragons!!!  To our knowledge – this is the first time that newts have mated and produced eggs in our pond.  We are really looking forward to seeing how they grow up.

Having a close up look at our wee newts

We found tadpoles and baby newts in our pond.

We used wee nets to investigate what was living at the bottom of the pond

We really enjoyed pond dipping!

Some of us decided to draw the creatures that we found.

There was lots of excited conversation round the pond today.

We put the tadpoles and newts into viewing jars so we could see them clearly.

We are really excited about the things we have seen – we are going to find out lots more about newts!

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