Munching Caterpillars is a Butterfly Conservation education campaign aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of butterflies, moths and their caterpillars among young people and their families.
Having volunteered with us in 2017, as part of her degree at the University of West England, we were delighted to welcome Lucy Cunningham as the 2019 Munching Caterpillar contractor for the Somerset & Bristol branch.
Lucy visited primary schools in Bristol and taught children about butterflies and moths, their lifecycles, habitats and foodplants, and about how they can help to conserve our British species. Her workshops included opportunities to see live specimens and to get hands-on, planting nectar and food plants in the school grounds. They were fun, interactive and a great way to capture the children’s interest in the wildlife that can be found on their doorstep.
Over the 2019 season, Lucy visited 9 different schools, delivered 48 workshops and engaged with almost 900 children.
We would like to thank all the staff and children that have welcomed Lucy into their schools this year.
- Ashton Gate Primary, Ashton
- Barton Hill Primary
- Cabot Primary, St Pauls
- Glenfrome Primary, Eastville
- Holy Cross Primary, Bedminster
- Stoke Park, Lockleaze
- St Martin's C of E Primary
- St Werburghs Primary
Photographs taken at St Werburghs Primary School (2019) © Butterfly Conservation
Munching Caterpillars first hatched back in 2012 following a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It was Butterfly Conservation’s flagship education project and had a simple aim: to introduce children to the beautiful and fascinating world of butterflies, moths and their caterpillars.
Somerset & Dorset were the counties involved in the initial 3 year project which brought primary school children face to face with live specimens and got them actively involved in improving their own school grounds for butterflies and moths.
In 2017, following on from the success of the previous project and with the support from the Somerset & Bristol branch,
Munching Caterpillars Goes to Town was launched.
Matt Brierley had recently joined Butterfly Conservation as the MC Project Officer and the aim was to bring a similar project to children and their families living in the most urban areas of Bristol, where green spaces and few and far between.
The Project Officer visited schools and community events across Bristol.
More information about what they did is available on the following pages on the Munching Caterpillars website: