Nene Wetlands Pond Dipping and Mini-beasting Sessions

Pond-dipping with nets and wellies

Children, and mothers, pond dipping and enjoying pond environment at Little Bradley Ponds, Bovey Tracy, Devon, UK. July 2011. (Model released). - Ross Hoddinott/2020VISION

Nene Wetlands Pond Dipping and Mini-beasting Sessions

Location: Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre, The Boardwalk,
Rushden Lakes
Rushden, Northamptonshire, NN10 6FA
Explore and find out more about the creepy crawlies of the Nene Wetlands, both above and below the water!

Event details

Meeting point

Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre


Wednesday 28th July, 11th and 25th August 10:30am-12pm OR 1:30pm-3pm
A static map of Nene Wetlands Pond Dipping and Mini-beasting Sessions

About the event

Our popular outdoor school holiday sessions are back!

Come and join us in our designated education area and see what amazing creatures you can discover. Get up close to the weird and wonderful invertebrates that live beneath the surface of the lakes during our pond dipping activity and then compare these to the creepy crawlies and flying insects that live in the meadows and woodland.

This activity is suitable for ages 3+ and children must be supervised at all times during the activity. Please ensure you wear suitable outdoor clothing (we recommend long trousers and closed in shoes) and bring sun cream and insect repellent if appropriate.

Wildlife Trust BCN Members can use the promo code WTBCNmember to receive a 15% discount on their tickets. You can find out more about becoming a member here:

Due to Covid-19, these sessions will be running a little differently from normal.

Your safety is our main priority and as a result, we will be implementing the following precautions to ensure that everyone stays safe whilst taking part. Please ensure that you have read and understood the steps outlined below before booking your tickets.

-At this stage, we can only accommodate a maximum of 20 people per session (split into groups of no more than 10 for each activity) so please ensure you book the appropriate number of tickets for your group, including all adults and children over the age of 3 years.

We regret that we will not be able to accommodate any additional people that turn up on the day.

-Please do not attend the event if you, or anyone in your household/ social bubble feels unwell or is exhibiting an symptoms of Covid-19. Full refunds will be given if you are unable to attend due to illness (but please do let us know asap if you can't make it).

-If you, or anyone else in your household/social bubble starts to feel unwell during the session, please let the activity leader know as soon as possible.

-When booking your tickets, please ensure that your contact details are correct and up to date so that we can contact you in case anyone who attends the session becomes unwell afterwards.

-We will ensure that all equipment is only used by your group during the session and is thoroughly cleaned between sessions to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

For more information about these sessions, please email

We reserve the right to cancel this event if circumstances demand, for example, due to inclement weather or illness.



£6 per person, Online booking only

Wildlife Trust BCN members can get 15% off ticket prices by using the promo code WTBCNmember

Please note that booking fees apply.

Suitable for

Families, Children

Know before you go


Guide dogs only


Sessions take place a short walk away from the visitor centre (5 minutes). There are hard surfaced paths leading to the education area and bark chip paths (which may be uneven) within the education area.


Wheelchair access

Uneven paths in education area may not be suitable for wheelchairs.

What to bring

On the day of the activity, please come to the Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre (on the boardwalk at Rushden Lakes, NN10 6FA) where you will be given instructions regarding the session.
Toilets and hand washing facilities are available next to the visitor centre but these are likely to be busy so please allow plenty of time to use these before the session begins.
To ensure everyone's safety, please follow all instructions given by the activity leader. 
As these sessions take place outdoors, please ensure that all attendees are dressed appropriately for the activity and the weather (long trousers, longs sleeves, and closed in shoes recommended).
If you have any queries regarding the sessions, please contact us on 01933 7798587 or email
We look forward to exploring with you!

Parking information

5 hours free parking available at Rushden Lakes retail park.

Bicycle parking



Picnic area
Accessible toilet
Baby changing facilities
Electric car charging point
Disabled parking
Accessible trails

Contact us

Katie King
Contact number: 01933 779587