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News article created on 11 July 2017

Discover what lurks beneath at fun pond dipping event

We are giving families the chance to explore the weird and wonderful creatures lurking in the water at Fradley Junction, one of the Midlands’ best loved nature spots, on Sunday 16th July.

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As part of the day visitors will be able to search through trays of water taken from Fradley Pool, looking for species such as water boatmen, water fleas, pond snails, water lice and even tadpoles and shrimp.

During their visit families will also be able to play a fish-themed game or have a go at fish Top Trumps.

The event, which runs from 11am until 2pm, is being organised by the Trust’s ‘Explorers’ education programme aimed at teaching kids all about the wildlife of their local canals as well as how to enjoy them safely. The event is run by volunteers and is part of our monthly programme of things to do at Fradley Junction.

Sarah Cook, our education coordinator, said; "Fradley is home to a wide variety of weird and wonderful creatures and this event is a fun opportunity to explore what’s lurking beneath the water.

"Under the calm surface there’s a whole different world and this event is a great chance to see it for yourself and come face-to-face with species you might never have seen before.

"The Trust’s education volunteers will be on hand to point out some of the most interesting finds as well as having some fishy fun with our water-themed games. It should be a really enjoyable day and we hope lots of local families join us."

The Fradley Education Volunteers lead visits where children can learn all about their local canal and the wildlife which lives around it. The volunteers can also provide cub-scout and brownie visits to Fradley in the Spring/Summer months. For more information on school or event activities, please email sarah.cook@canalrivertrust.org.uk.

The junction marks the meeting point of the Trent & Mersey and Coventry Canals and has supported a hive of activity on the canal over the past two centuries. Nowadays, with Fradley Pool, it has become a haven for wildlife and a popular visitor destination.