Students studying on the Bridging 2 course at Pembrokeshire College recently teamed up with the Darwin Centre for an afternoon of pond dipping.
Bridging 2 students spent an afternoon at Hilton Court Gardens exploring some of the wildlife that live in our ponds. Under the watchful eye of Marten Lewis from the Darwin Centre, the students learnt how to identify the creatures as well as learning about the environmental conditions that impact on their survival.
Craig Deakin was one of the students to go on the trip and he commented: “Pond dipping was an interesting activity. I found a baby toad walking and we put it into some water to keep it safe.” Fellow student Britney Borkowski added: “I found it interesting and it was better than I thought it would be. I found some creatures I had not seen before.”
Taking place on a beautiful day made it easier for the students to get really involved and see deep into the ponds. Many of the students had not been pond dipping before and were surprised by the amount of wildlife that can be found in the ponds at this time of year. The trip has hopefully not only increased the students’ awareness of the variety of wildlife around us but also the need to care for our natural environments.
Following the trip Marten Lewis commented: “I would like to thank Hilton Court Gardens for the free access to their beautiful ponds, and Dragon LNG for their continued support of our Darwin Experience Education programme. The students from Bridging 2 were a pleasure to work with, full of interest and lots of fun”.