Pond Dipping is something i used to love as a child (not living anywhere near the sea it was the closet i got to rockpooling) and the sheer wealth of wildlife you can find is quite amazing all these species are from the same pond over two days.
This sinister looking creature is a Water Stick Insect which similar to a praying mantis grabs its prey and sucks the life out of it literally.
This is a male Smooth Newt not to be confused with a Great Crested Newt (see video below) they grow the crest in spring then loose it later in the year.
- Look for vegetation and over hanging plants as critters will often hide in there
- Be gentle when scooping as you can damage some species
- Using a tank to view the species without handling them is a good idea and provides good opportunities for photography.