We started off with sweep nets to see what flying insects we could catch in the long grass. We had a mixture of flying ants, beetles, moths and butterflies.
We then moved on to tapping tree branches and catching the falling insects in a big sheet. Here we caught a lot of crawling insects including spiders, ants and click beetles.
After searching in trees, we looked through some pond water to see what things were living in the water. We caught the animals in jars and had a look at them through magnifying glasses. Here we found pond snails, leeches, dragonfly nymphs, water boatmen, water fleas and water louse.
To top off the day we had a lovely stroll through Teazle Wood (which backs onto the Garden) and dig some digging in the leaf litter and rolled over some logs to see what lived under them. Woodlouse, centipedes, caterpillars and worms were found in Teazle Wood.
It is a fantastic space to use and we are so glad to hear this good news that it will stay in the hands of the people of Leatherhead to use as common land after its purchase by the Friends of Teazle Wood. Congratulations to Lucy Quinnel and her team.
All in all a great day, and we will definately do it again in the summer!