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Roves Farm Swindon

Roves Farm Review… and rabbits wiggling their bottoms Even though the onward eastward march of Swindon now places Roves Farm in less of a rural idyll than might once have been the case, this great venue (nestled right on Swindon’s door step) still feels rural with a capital R. It’s accessed down a suitably rustic […]

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How to expertly remove a tick and prevent Lyme disease

Lyme disease, it’s nasty. Heres how to properly extract a tick to minimise you chances of catching this horrible illness Glamping or hitting festivals this summer? Make sure your fun time dosent come with a high price. How to remove a tick If you find a tick on your skin or your child’s skin, remove […]

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what is the norovirus?

Oh no! It’s that vomiting virus again!  Both ends erupting mega-vomits abound it’s that time of year again When Norovirus comes to town  It’s a pretty unpleasant experience; the unmistakable symptoms of Norovirus or ‘winter vomiting bug’ include feeling tired, aching limbs, tempretature and powerful vomiting but then like a bad dream it disappears as […]

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Dog Poo Parasites

Boo Hoo to Poo Parasites I grew up with family pets and dogs but now I’m a grown-up I’m not a dog owner. Looking after a dog responsibly takes a ton effort I’m not ready to give. I’ve also just moved house. A nice house, with a garden where the previous owner had a dog, a […]

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Venezuelan Poodle Moth

Cutest Thing on Six Legs  After all the excitement (or not) over flying spiders, time to revisit another “crazy insect” story from last year.  The Venezuelan Poodle Moth went viral in 2012 amid a frenzy of general OMG/LOL-ness when this photo below started doing the rounds.  The moth was first spotted in 2009 by Arthur Anker […]

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Medi Beetle Rediscovered

  Medi Christmas, Everyone!  Fab Four Upgraded to Famous Five – “extinct” beetle rediscovered in the UK  The winter months are usually pretty quiet times for bugs, so we’re delighted to have not just some news about beetles, but some good news: the Mediterranean Oil Beetle (Meloe mediterraneus) has been found alive and well in […]


RIP Sir Patrick Moore

Sir Patrick Moore, passed away yesterday at his home at the age of 89 He encouraged millions of children into a fascination with space and the universe and he will be sorely missed. He was the former president of the British Astronomical Association, co-founder and former president of the Society for Popular Astronomy (SPA), author […]


Top 10 Minibeast songs

This is our choice of top bug songs – is your favourite here?   We’ve only picked serious(ish) pop songs, so no Old Women Swallowing Flies, or Incey Winceys. That would be too easy… 10 Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go-go (Jitterbug) Sorry – a bad pun, but it’s really catchy and we couldn’t resist! […]

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Best Buggy Christmas Gifts

10 Brilliant Gifts for Kids under £10  You’d better watch out because here is what’s in our letter for Santa! We’ve been good, really, really good! 1) Wind Up Bee Torch £2.95 Very cute and no batteries needed as the more you wind the brighted it gets and the longer it lasts! A sweet buggy treat kids […]

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Big, big bugs!

Dominic vs Goliath Our favourite time of the week – Dom’s Wild Things on Channel 5!  We’re all lined up on the sofa, ready to go. This week our intrepid hero is looking for a Goliathus or Goliath beetle.  These are some of the largest beetles in the world (it depends very much on whether you’re counting length, width, […]