Male newts have black spots on them but females don't have any.
The great diving beetle is the main predator in the pond.
Bog OF aLLEN nATURE cENTRE
On Thursday Third and Fourth Class went to the Bog of Allen Nature Centre.
Well done 3rd and 4th class for your excellent learning, enthusiasm and manners! It was a pleasure to bring you all on the fieldtrip.
Miss. Conway, Mr.Higgins and Ann.
Yesterday we went to the Bog of Allen Nature Centre. When we got there we met our lovely leader Nuala. Nuala taught us about invertebrates that live on land. Invertebrates are insects with no spine e.g., spiders, earthworms, earwigs and woodlouse. After that we went around looking for invertebrates and we brought them back to a big container. We saw three newts and a lot of frogs. Newts and frogs are amphibians. Amphibians are animals that live on land and water. After that we saw the sundew, venus fly trap and the pitcher plant. Then we made pond dials so that we could identify water invertebrates. We identified lots of water insects such as the great diving beetle and the freshwater shrimp.
We had a great day and learned lots. We want to thank Miss. Conway, Mr. Higgins and Ann our teachers, Tadgh and Nuala our leaders, Josephine our school secretary and the bus driver.
By Karen O'D.
As part of the Greenwave Project we are working very hard to spot the signs of Spring arriving in Allen.
Every day straight after lunch 3rd class measure the temperature outside, measure the rainfall and wind speed using an anemometer which we made in groups.
After measuring we record the information on the greenwave chart because recording information is very important in Science.
We are also looking for the following species frogspawn, a primrose flower, a hawthorn flower, a swallow, an ash tree budding and finally, a horse chestnut tree budding. If you see any of these species please take a photograph and bring it down to 3rd class.
Luke J found this frogspawn in a ditch near his house. Well done Luke!
Karen from 3rd class found this primrose in her neighbour's garden. Well done Karen! Spring is arriving in Allen!
Well done Muire for finding this primrose in your garden!