MidCoast Council calls for Pond Detectives

Six year old, Jed Lund from Bundook has a great time collecting the little creatures from the waters at last year's event. Photo. Anne Keen
Six year old, Jed Lund from Bundook has a great time collecting the little creatures from the waters at last year's event. Photo. Anne Keen

MidCoast Council is calling all of Gloucester’s pond detectives these holidays to come out for a day of fun.

The idea is the same as last year’s event, except it will be held in a different location, being at the Gloucester River.

Children are invited to investigate life in a waterway with the free Pond Detectives activities.

There will be four events held  around the region water bodies over the school holidays, suitable for children age four and up. 

Kids will use dip nets to catch critters in the water, then try to identify them and interpret what story the bugs are telling us about the health of their ecosystem.

On Wednesday, September 27 the activity will investigate what lives in the pond across the road from the library at Hallidays Point.

On Friday, September 29 children will be looking in the river at Gloucester District Park from 10am.

The following week will see the activities will be held at Cattai Wetlands on Tuesday, October 3, before returning to Hallidays Point on Wednesday 4 October.

“Water bugs are fascinating little creatures.  We find so much more than tadpoles, and kids love learning about what story they tell us about the quality of the water,” MidCoast Council’s Education and Engagement Officer, Kirsty Hughes said.

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Interested families can book to attend the free events by contacting Kirsty on 0427 959 175 or education@midcoastwater.com.au, or by contacting the library about the activities at Hallidays Point on 6559 3066.

This activity is also available during term time for schools and other groups.