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Pond Dipping

Pond Dipping

There are mini beasts galore at Arley Arboretum


The Estate Office,
Upper Arley,
Nr. Bewdley,
DY12 1XG


There are mini beasts galore at Arley Arboretum – a chance to look at all the truly surprising creatures that can be found under the surface of our ponds and identify them on the fun activity sheets. Participants should bring wellingtons and suitable clothing.

Pond dipping is a fun and simple way for children to explore an aquatic habitat. Children will be able to observe a diversity of different creatures from leeches to dragonfly nymphs.

It is a useful tool in delivering the science primary curriculum section on life process and living things (Sc2). It can also be used as a stimulus for art, English or maths activities.

Make sure you go to reception and get your pond dipping activity sheet, which includes ticking off all the different creatures you can find and also drawing them!

What might you find?

A healthy British pond can be home to a vast diversity of invertebrates over 115 species.; Some of which only complete part of their lifecycle in the pond whilst others need an aquatic environment for all of their lifecycle.
Most species are insects there are also crustaceans, annelids (worms), snails and arachnids (spiders and their relatives).
The diversity of species is dependent on water quality as a general rule the more polluted a watercourse is the fewer the number of species.

For more information on pond dipping please contact us.

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Opening details

As part of the admission into the Arboretum.


As part of the admission into the Arboretum.



See location of Arley Arboretum on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SO 766802  Lat: 52.41950 Long: -2.34543

By Road:
At Shatterford, follow brown tourist signs.

Parking: free


  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality