Posted by: lensweb | April 8, 2014

Tiger shrimp at Forbes Hole

Tiger shrimp at Forbes Hole

Saturday’s pond dipping exercise at Forbes Hole showed good water quality in the large pond and excellent water quality in the small pond.

No toads were seen but common frogs were spawning. Two male newts with frilly tails and spotted orange bellies were keen to return to the pond. The pond limpet Acroloxus lacustris was a new record for the site. Image

We were surprised to find a tiger shrimp Gammarus tigrinus, another new record for the site. Image

The usual freshwater shrimp Gammarus pulex was not found. Many pond skaters were skimming across the water surface and water measurers were found at the water’s edge.

We took the opportunity to litter pick the site and just finished as it started to rain. Image

As the sky darkened a tawny owl began to hoot.

Future activities at Forbes Hole are:

Forbes Hole Dragonfly and Butterfly Day

Date August 16

Meet Forbes Hole Car Park NG10 1FX

Fields Farm Road Long Eaton

2pm-4pm

Forbes Hole Grass Raking

Date September 7

Meet Forbes Hole Car Park NG10 1FX

Fields Farm Road Long Eaton

Time 9.30am-12.30am

Note this is subject to good drying conditions and we may have to be flexible with the date

Marion Bryce 8 April 2014


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