The latest additions and changes to our product range are listed here
Tales & Truths Series
Six books about insects and other small animals found in any back garden, park of countryside. Written for young children aged from 4-7 years, their families and teachers.
Written with a subtle combination of fact and fiction, the books are designed to encourage a more direct and fun involvement in the natural world.
At the end of each story there is a section on where to go for more information including websites, societies, books and museums.
Round rustless metal water net
Round frame for general water-life sampling with a choice of 3 bags.
The short brass handle fitted to the frame can be extended with a wooden pole or by fitting sections of our 60cm (2ft) push fit handle E6764
Bags for A118 round frame:
The new Lucent mobile moth trap
This is a new moth trap, based on the Skinner trap style but with added vanes to improve the catch and is also foldable to fit neatly into a case making it easy to transport around.
We have two versions - a 40W and a 22W, both of which are mains operated. These can be made portable using an inverter and battery.
Each trap comes complete with electrics, rainshield, robust carry case and 4m mains cable. The case acts as a base for the trap when assembled.
Trap dimensions: 41x30x30cm / 16.5"x12"x12"
Beepol - live bumblebee colony
A new product designed to boost the declining bumblebee population.
Beepol hives contain the native UK Bumblebee species, Bombus terrestris audax.
Each colony starts with about 30-40 workers, eggs and a queen. This will develop into a hive of several hundred bees.
Bumblebee colonies do not continue like honeybee hives, so Beepol hives have a limited lifespan and will need replacing. However before the queen bee dies, she produces young queens that will leave the hive to hibernate before establishing fresh new colonies in the spring.
Beepol hives are delivered direct from our supplier on Thursdays during the season (mid March - end August).
For more information on Beepol and bumblebees you can visit Dragonfli.
Blendon butterfly traps
Designed to collect butterflies in the tropics that feed on rotten fruit etc.
We have a new improved design with all netting top, longer sides and larger table.
Two sizes available with either white or black netting.
Strings can be quickly adjusted using our new toggles for different sized butterflies, avoiding problems with wet string and knots in tropical conditions.
We have also introduced an optional raincover.
Our latest design has a vertical zip in the side for easy access to the butterflies, and left open, this will also help other unwanted insects to exit the trap once you have removed the butterflies.
Small Blendon butterfly traps:
30cm (12") diameter x 65cm high with 35cm (14") diameter table
Large Blendon butterfly traps:
40cm (16") diameter x 90cm high with 45cm (18") diameter table
We have introduced a new section - Young Watdon - for the budding entomologist to help cultivate enthusiasm and learning. Click here to view.
Pint-sized Bugdorms NEW!
A clear plastic container with lid containing breathable fine nylon mesh. Suitable for keeping small animals that do not jump, climb or claw aggresively. Two sizes stocked.
We have now been able to get stock of the original English No.5 pin in nickel plated brass. Stainless steel version of this pin is also still available - E6835.
Approx. 100 pins per packet
NEW - Beewatchers Kit - endorsed by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust "The Bumblebee Conservation Trust are pleased to recommend Watkins and Doncaster's bee-catching equipment. The Trust's staff and volunteers all use the excellent nets when doing survey work - they're reliable, well balanced, and the fine mesh ensures that they don't harm the bees that we catch."
About the Bumblebee Conservation Trust
Everybody loves bumblebees - they're the sight and sound of summer. Sadly 3 of the UK's 25 native species are already extinct, and several more are severely threatened. As well as being affable and attractive little insects, bumblebees also pollinate our wild flowers and agricultural crops - they are extremely important! The Bumblebee Conservation Trust is a national charity which is working hard to prevent further declines and safeguard our bumblebees for future generations. The general public can do a lot to help, for example by joining the trust, improving their own gardens for bumblebees, and by taking part in surveys to help us map bumblebee distributions. Visit the BBCT website for more information at www.bumblebeeconservation.org.
Wooden framed breeding cages A quality hand-made range of breeding cage, supplied with assembly instructions.