Dipping Ponds

We have three ponds where you can come and learn about freshwater life

Newts, pond skaters & water beetles share the water of the dipping ponds with bizarre microscopic life forms. Vicious dragonfly larvae lurk in the dark silty depths, hoping to feast on tadpoles, snails and water spiders.

Would you like to come and look into this hidden world?

In some school holidays, we run pond dipping sessions for families, using nets, trays and microscopes. Check our What’s On page for times and dates.  Spaces are limited and you will need to book your place at the Gatehouse entrance.

We also offer pond dipping programmes for Foundation and Primary schoolchildren.

Sorry – please don’t pond dip on your own. We carefully manage these dipping ponds to protect their biodiversity and limit the spread of disease.