Netting plenty of bugs at children’s discovery day
HUNTER children of all ages donned their investigative hats to discover a range of wonders at the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens these July school holidays.
The Gardens’ Children’s Discovery Day, attended by more than 100 children, aimed to encourage youngsters to engage with their natural environment.
As part of the day of discovery Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority’s (CMA) Learning Engagement Officer, Amanda Gregory, held water bug survey workshops to provide an insight into our local aquatic ecosystems.
“We captured some macroinvertebrates - water bugs - from the Garden’s beautiful lily pond to prove to onlookers that the wonders of our natural environment are all around us even if we can’t see them at first glance,” Amanda said.
“Regardless of the cooler temperature, bugs turned out in droves. Children identified and counted mayfly nymphs, dragonfly nymphs, freshwater worms, flatworms and hundreds of water boatmen, which are often found in backyard swimming pools.
“Everyone was particularly fascinated by the tadpoles that were also calling the large pond home and were captivated by the mini-world of our aquatic macroinvertebrates.”
Schools and community groups seeking to learn more about local waterways and the small creatures that call them home are invited to contact the CMA on 02 4930 1013.