Sketching in The Sun and Sweeping Surveys at Newton Field Centre

What a  fantastic day at Newton Field Centre for some pioneering children from Year 5 and 6  today.  There were many environmental activities enjoyed by all today including; how to sample and survey the River Ise to measure the water quality, sweeping the Millrace grassland meadow for invertebrates and sketching the beautiful architechture and trees.

From early primary years to undergraduate course work, Newton Field Centre offers fantastic opportunities to research and learn more about the environment and natural world in a beautiful well managed nature reserve.  For more information on the courses and events offered by Newton Field Centre pleas click the website link below

http://www.newtonfieldcentre.org.uk/

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Sheep’s Bit Scabious

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Waiting patiently in the rain for unsuspecting prey! A Funnel Web Spider’s beautiful work of art.

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Bullhead Fish. A small, strangely shaped fish, the bullhead (also known as the ‘miller’s thumb’) has a very large head, relatively large fins and a tapering body. It lives on the bottom of fast, stony rivers and streams feeding on invertebrates, such as mayfly and caddisfly larvae, and the eggs of other fish.

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Damselfly Nymph – the aquatic stage in the life cycle of this beautiful invertebrate

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A fully grown Damselfly

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A Caddis Fly larvae – 10x magnification

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Water Snail x10 magnification

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A peaceful place to enjoy and sketch the beautiful surroundings

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Sweep samples of the Millrace grassland to find crickets, soldier flies, may flies, tree hoppers, grasshoppers, spiders and many more interesting invertebrates.

Finding the noisy crickets and grass hoppers was fun.  Did you know that a cricket has much longer antennae than a grasshopper!

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