Have you ever taken time to notice the little things in your garden? The colourful things that scuttle, fly, jump and creep – the minibeasts! Now’s the time to pay them some well deserved attention.
What you will need:
- A bug pot (or a clean used yoghurt pot)
- A spoon or a twig
- An identification chart or book, or an app on your phone (optional)
- A magnifying glass (optional)
How to go on a minibeast hunt:
- Try searching in these places for your minibeasts: long grass; underneath stones; the underside of leaves; tree bark and dead wood; under the top layer of soil.
- Once you have found a minibeast, use your spoon or twig to gently lift it into the pot.
- It’s important to only lift one minibeast at a time, so that they don’t hurt one another!
- Once it’s in your pot, have a close look at it – if you have a book, chart or phone, see if you can find out what kind of minibeast it is.
- You could draw your minibeast too – but it’s best to be quick, so that it isn’t in the pot for too long.
- When you have finished looking, put your minibeast back as close to where you found it as you can – this is so that it can find its way back home.
- Gently lower the pot so that the minibeast can crawl out by itself.
- Keep going for as long as you like – there are always more minibeasts hiding, you just need to find them!
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