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Our topic this term is going to be all about minibeasts.

 

Minibeast Hunt

This week go on a minibeast hunt in your garden. What minibeasts can you find? 

  • Peek under large stones and logs to find woodland and millipedes.
  • Peer into the cracks in tree bark and deadwood to find beetles and spiders.
  • Poke your nose into long grass to see ants and grasshoppers.
  • Look closely at leaves to discover caterpillars and ladybirds.
  • Keep your eyes peeled after rain – can you spot slugs, snails and worms.
  • Look in dark, damp areas to find wood lice. 

Lots of creepy crawlies live in trees and shrubs. Lay a piece of white cloth, such as an old sheet or pillow case, under a tree or bush and gently shake the branches. You’ll be surprised how many tiny creatures fall out.

Remember – Bugs are very tiny, so be careful if you pick them up and always put them back where you found them.

 

Bug Hotel

Insects and other minibeasts need safe spaces to shelter, hide from predators and raise their young. You can help them by building a bug hotel in your garden or outside area. Why not build a multi-storey minibeast mansion and treat your guests to some 5-star accommodation? I would love to see what you build!  

 

You can use a cardboard box, old wooden boxes, bricks, palettes (if you have them) or anything you have to hand. Divide the home you use it into sections and stuff each part with different natural materials. Dry leaves, twigs, hollow stems, dead grass, pine cones and bits of bark are ideal. They’ll help to create warm, dry spaces that will attract different creepy crawlies.

Good for: lots of different types of minibeast such as ladybirds, bees, woodlice and spiders. You might even get frogs or hedgehogs coming to stay.

 

Have a look at the examples of minibeast hotels below. 

 

 

 

Bug Hotel Ideas

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