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It's time to explore and take part in The Great Bug Hunt 2020, courtesy of our friends at the Association for Science Education (ASE).

Thanks to British farmers who care for and protect the countryside, the great outdoors is a haven for all kinds of wildlife. While at the moment we can't enjoy the countryside quite like we used to, there is still exploring to do.

The task

Go outside, whether that be for exercise in a park, or even just your back garden, and see what bugs you can find. If you do go away from your home, remember to follow government guidance; only go out with people from your household and keep a distance of 2m from others. 

See what wildlife you can find. Once you've found what you're looking for, be that a spider or woodlouse, ladybird or beetle, create a mini project about it.

Things you might like to include in your submission: 

  • A drawing - be careful if you choose to touch and examine what you find!
  • A list of what it might eat
  • A description of where it lives
  • You could even write a story or poem

It's competition time!

Do you fancy winning a prize for your class for when you are back at school? All you need to do is complete your project, which could be a poster, a presentation or a video (or anything else creative that you wish to do), and send it to cmViZWNjYUBhc2Uub3JnLnVr by the 12th June 2020. Find out more about the competition by clicking here

Need some inspiration?

Wildlife is everywhere. Some places you could look are in a hedge, in some flower beds (being careful not to squash any flowers), up in trees, in the long grass, under logs and stones... and everywhere in between!

Watch our Science Farm Video to help get you started. 

Looking for more?

Want more of a wildlife fix? We've got a 'Countryside Safari' activity for you to print off and take with you on your daily exercise, remembering to comply with government social distancing guidelines of course. Click on the image below to download your activity sheet today.

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We'd love to see how you get on. You can send them to letstalkfarming@nfu.org.uk, and if you enjoy this activity, check out the current Farmvention challenges over at www.farmvention.com

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Last edited: 18 May 2020 at 08:13


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