BCOG now has several sets of pond dipping equipment that we can loan out to schools and other groups who might like to delve into the deep. In order to limit disturbance, we ask that you join an organised group if you would like to give pond dipping a go in the Orchard.
We would really like to see schools and other groups using the pond for discovery and wonderment, so to book a session, please get in touch using the "Contact Us" link on the menu bar at the top of this page.
Nick Gray, Biodiversity Adviser
All equipment needed will be provided - nets, trays, jars and identification charts. (A white tray makes it easy to see pond animals).
The best way to pond dip is to make a figure of eight or a circle in the water for about 10 seconds.
Most animals live at the pond edge and amongst plants, not in open water. Good places to look are around the roots and under the leaves of water plants, and under any grasses trailing in the water.
Avoid the sediment at the bottom, and pond weed at the top, as too much of either of these will make it difficult to see what has been caught when you come to look at it.
Pond-dipping at different times during the summer season will reveal different creatures.
to access (Key Stage 1) information and forms provided by Dorset Wildlife Trust, for use during pond dipping sessions.
Please be aware that a risk assessment must be carried out prior to any pond dipping sessions. Notes giving guidance for the completion of risk assessments can be found here. If you would like to download a copy of RoSPA's Water Safety - Pond Dipping (.pdf file, 3 pages), please click here.
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Visits to the Orchard by local schools