Some fascinating views today of greater water boatman right in front of the underwater cam in the Leighside pond. There appeared to be two greater water boatman, also called backswimmers.
On two occasions that I saw, one of the water boatman swam over and grabbed the other, this could have been an attempt at courtship. The water boatmen moved very quickly and we also have some quality problems as the water level changes, so it was difficult to be sure.
Most of the time the water boatmen were rowing with their two extra long legs (like oars) as they hung from the underside of the surface of the water (screen shot left).
A childhood interest in wildlife that became his profession, Steve Savage is a Biologist, Environmental Educator and Wildlife Author with over 30 years experience. Steve specialises in freshwater and marine ecology and has published 44 books on wildlife for children and has also written many articles for magazines and journals. He has worked with school children on various sites around Sussex and also works with schools helping them to develop their school grounds to help wildlife, enhance teaching and as places for wellbeing. Steve runs his own environmental education programme, but also works with other organisations including the Railway land Nature Reserve and has a good knowledge of the habitats and wildlife on this site. He has a great passion for cross curriculum teaching especially linking science and literacy.