LOOKING FOR BOG BABIES - HINTS AND TIPS

 

SAFETY TIPS:

1. Always ask a grown-up’s permission before youon a Bog Baby hunt.
2. Avoid deep water, fast-flowing rivers, wells and gravel pits – they are dangerous and you won’t find bog babies there as they prefer still, shallow water.
3, Do not trespass on private land – look in your garden, local park or puddles and streams when you go for woodland walks.

 

1.You will need:

Sensible shoes eg: waterproof wellies /A fishing net /A clean jar or small bucket
A survey form /note book and pencil / Sandwiches /drink (for you, not the bog baby)

 

2. Places To Look

British Bog Babies can be found in ponds, streams, large puddles and have even been known to turn up in horse troughs, watering cans and on one occasion, a paddling pool.
It is unknown whether or not they live in the sea.
When Bog Babies are not in the water, they seek out damp places eg: under logs, piles of leaves, bluebell thickets, inside the crowns of ferns and in long meadow grass.
In Winter, they hibernate in mud burrows, plugging the entrance with bulrush flowers.

 

3. Taking care of the environment.

When looking for Bog Babies, take great care not to disturb their habitat. If you turn over logs or stones, put them back exactly as you found them and make sure you don’t trample on plants and flowers as many creatures rely on them for survival.

 

4 How to catch a Bog Baby

1. It is best to fish Bog Babies out of the water with a net on a stick like the ones used to catch sticklebacks.
2. If you find one on land, pick it up carefully with damp hands so that you don’t damage its delicate skin. NEVER PICK IT UP BY THE TAIL.
3. If you catch a bog baby, put it in a bucket or jar in two inches of pond water with a few stones to sit on. Keep it out of direct sunlight.
4. Once you’ve made your observations, put the Bog Baby back exactly where you found it. Do not be tempted to take it home as Bog Babies are very hard to keep in captivity.
5. Wash your hands before you eat your sandwiches.

 

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