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Mini beasts are everywhere

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Pond dippers. Image by Ian Alexander, licenced by Creative Commons

Pond dippers. Image by Ian Alexander, licenced by Creative Commons

 

Minibeasts are everywhere. Children are often fascinated by insects, arachnids and invertebrates they see every day.

Look at the snail with its long eyes.

See how the woodlouse curls up when you pick it up.

Slime, goo and small crawling creatures are in the gardens, parks and even in the home.

Some of the most amazing creatures are found in water.

Gaze into the pond at Preston Park and you’ll find water boatmen rowing through the water with their powerful arms.

 

Water boatmen. Watch out, they can bite. Image by Holger Gröschl, licenced by Creative Commons.

Water boatmen. Watch out, they can bite.
Image by Holger Gröschl, licenced by Creative Commons.

 

When Officréche’s preschoolers from Yellow Room’s recently visited Drusillas, the children were stunned by the sight colourful blue damsel flies fluttering around the lilies.

You never know when something more exotic might appear, as large dragonflies reach adulthood in ponds around the city.

Large wild ponds are a home for a multitude of exotic wonders for little people to discover.

Dipping a net into the water reveals the wonders of life in the reeds and weeds.

Woods Mill at Small Dole, near Henfield, has pond dipping activities throughout the year, as well as events throughout the summer for children and toddlers.

The picturesque woodland is also home to a wide variety of bird and animal life, so there is always something to discover.

Entry is free, but Sussex Wildlife Trust does ask for a donation.

Slightly further away is the Arundel Wetlands Centre.

It offers pond-dipping until October, with experts on hand to help youngsters identify the creatures they discover.

Children under four receive free entry, and adult tickets are £10.75.

In summer, don’t forget about the Big Butterfly Count.

Every year, from mid-July until early August, the Butterfly Conservation Trust is asking people to spend 15 minutes counting the butterflies they see.

Find out more by visiting www.bigbutterflycount.org

Keep an eye out for Red Admirals, Peacocks and Tortoiseshells.

 

A Red Admiral, picture taken by Kenneth Dwain Harrelson, licenced by Creative Commons

A Red Admiral butterfly, picture taken by Kenneth Dwain Harrelson, licenced by Creative Commons

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