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22 October - 13 November
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Minibeast Safari!

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What’s on offer?

This free, two-hour workshop will investigate the insects on the campus and the habitats they live in.

  • Learn how to identify trees and different types of insects.
  • Discover what plants and insects look like under the microscope.

The workshop takes place at St Luke’s University Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter. All families will receive a free magnifying glass and full-colour, all-weather identification guide to garden minibeasts.

What’s it about?

People are spending less time in nature, as lifestyles become more sedentary. This is leading to low knowledge and awareness about local biodiversity, particularly plants and invertebrates. Research shows that connecting with nature is hugely beneficial for our physical and mental health. Learning about local biodiversity also helps us to better protect our environment.

Who’s leading the event?

Dr Bethan Stagg, a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Exeter. Bethan’s research explores attitudes and teaching approaches for ‘uncharismatic’ biodiversity in local environments. Bethan was formerly a learning technologist for the Field Studies Council, the UK’s leading organisation for biodiversity education.

Open to

All are welcome

Of particular interest to

Families with primary-aged children; teachers and other educators that wish to build their confidence in sampling and identifying biodiversity with children.

Scheduling information

Session 1: 10:30 - 12:30

Session 2: 14:00 - 16:00

There is space for 12 groups per session and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.