The Barnet Environment Centre is set in a beautiful 7.5 acre nature reserve in High Barnet.
Year 12 Biology students, Ms Salih, Mr Groom and Ms Slingenbergh visited the centre to learn how to assess water quality and biodiversity through pond dipping. The students learnt how to collect samples and consider how a variety of factors affect the water quality and variety of life within the ponds. None of the students had ever pond dipped before, so it was a brand new experience for all. The students were astonished at the diversity of species they collected and enjoyed using a variety of resources to identify them. Our samples included newts, dragonfly nymphs, pond skaters, backswimmers and even leeches! It’s truly amazing what you can find in ponds!