16 June 2014

Dorset Wildlife Trust visit the LVIth

On Thursday, all the LVIth went into the Science lab to learn how to study some Mini Beasts.

There were two people, Joy and Sarah, who were here to help us and teach us about their work: they count and study the wildlife in Dorset. They also explained to us how we can we help to count animals in Dorset by going on their website and logging what we have seen.
We went out with pens, clipboards, observation books, bug pots (to observe and identify the creatures) and nets. We were split into groups. Our Science teachers came with us.

To use the tree beating net we had to put it under a tree or a bush and shake it, then all the insects fell down into the net. To use the sweep net we just had to walk in the long grass to capture insects. We went around the trees and long grass and wrote the insects’ names and we made little drawings to remember what they looked like. We found a lot of bugs, spiders, beetles, flies and some caterpillars.

By Elise Roth

On Thursday 5th June, Joy and Sarah from the Dorset Wildlife Trust came to Hanford to help us undertake an activity to look at the animals that live in trees and long grasses. It was a nice day and the sun was shining.

First of all, we were told how to use the different nets and how to catch insects and bugs, without hurting them, so we could identify them.

Then we went to the trees at the edge of the lawn and by the tennis courts. We shook the tree and held the net underneath, making sure we looked away so nothing fell into our eyes and mouth! We put our specimens into little clear plastic pots, with magnifying glass lids and Joy helped us identify them. We found an Adele moth, with very long antennae, that looks like gold dust when it flies.

In the long grass behind the tennis courts we used a sweeping net to sweep through the grass and trap any creatures living there. We found the eggs, larvae and adult beetles, showing us their whole life cycle.

We found a damselfly, weevils, a pregnant hunting spider and its mate, jewel beetles and lots of different types of fly, caterpillars and spiders in the long grass.

We drew pictures of our finds on a worksheet, noting the different animals we found in the different locations. At the end we put all the animals back in their habitat.

Joy told us how to log onto the Dorset Wildlife Trust website to find out the names of what we found.

All in all, it was an enjoyable morning and we learned a lot.

Thank you to Joy and Sarah for helping us with our habitat study.

By Lewis Form (LVIth)