Beam Parklands

Dagenham, Essex, RM10 9EH

Tel: 0208 227 2332

Freshwater Minibeasts

  • The following are all types of freshwater minibeasts that you may find at Beam Parklands:-

Greater Water Boatman

  • 15-16mm long
  • Very common
  • Powerful swimmers, swim on their backs
  • Can cause painful bites
  • Are carnivores – suck the body fluids out of other freshwater invertebrates

Water Scorpion

  • 20mm long
  • Very common on muddy or clay bottomed water
  • Poor swimmers, have been known to drown if they cannot get to the surface to breathe

Caddis fly larvae

  • Larvae and pupae live in the water, adults are terrestrial
  • Larvae camouflage by spinning a case and covering it in sand, sticks and vegetation

Pond skater

  • 14-17mm long
  • Common on the surface of ponds and streams
  • like the water boatman these are carnivorous

Dragonfly & Damself fly larvae and nymphs

  • Larvae and nymphs are aquatic
  • Nymphs scale vegetation to metamorphose into adults
  • Adults often have to dry out before they are strong enough to fly

Common Toad Tadpoles

  • Tadpoles are 3cm in length
  • Eggs are laid in spring
  • Toads lay eggs in strings

Common Frog Tadpoles

  • Frog tadpoles are 4.5cm in length
  • Eggs are laid in March-April
  • Laid in mass
  • Breed in smaller ponds and ditches than toads

Meeting Point

The Meeting Point for all events is on the bridge by the entrance off Oval Road North unless otherwise stated. See Map.

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Booking events

Booking opens two weeks before each event. To book your place call 0208 227 2332. If you have any access requirements please let us know and we will make the necessary arrangements.