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Up close and personal

There were some great photos of spiders and insects in the Telegraph this week.  Henry and Catherine were delighted to see other people taking such an interest in mini-beasts – and taking some beautiful photos too!  You can check them out here.  Enjoy!


Crosses and diadems – more spiders!

We found a lovely specimen of an Araneus diadematus or European Garden Spider – unfortunately we found it in Henry’s bedroom so he wasn’t too pleased! We caught it in a glass and slid a card under it. This frightened it, so it curled its legs up and played dead. In fact it stayed like […]

BBC Tweet for Insect House

BBC Tweets Insect House

Wow! The BBC are tweeting about our Insect Houses which are on display in PopUp Wiltshire, Emery Gate Shopping Centre, Emery Lane, Chippenham, SN15 3JP

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Crafts for Kids

Wildlife Pond Mosaic

Making a Mosaic I made a “pond wildlife” themed mosaic to cover a boring cement slab septic tank lid in Nana’s garden in Australia. She’s known locally now as ‘the lady with the posh septic’. Mosaics are very easy to make: here’s how to make your own. What you’ll need: Paper and several thick black […]


Nasty Nits

What To Do About Nits Scratch, scratch, scratch. Oh dear, we have nits.  Well, head lice faeces actually, as itching is the reaction to head louse poo, spit and skin.  That’s what causes the unmistakable itchy feeling at the back of the neck. It’s an unpleasant thought but it’s probably an inevitable result of having two […]


Can bee do it? Yes we Calne!

Henry and Catherine have come across a fantastic idea that’s going on in Calne in Wiltshire, just round the corner from where they live.  Calne Environmental Network have teamed up with Kennet Beekeepers and Calne in Bloom to provide information on how to sow insect-friendly flowers in your garden.  They’re even offering subsidised wildflower seeds (Henry says “subsidised” […]

Insect hotel

Nick nack paddy wack…

…give a bug a home! This year has been really bad for bugs of all sorts – the good, the bad and the (b)ugly. On the plus side you might say, there have been fewer of those aphids and blackfly and harlequin ladybirds which make gardeners and conservationists cringe. But on the other hand, there […]


Crunchy cockroaches

Would You Eat A Cockroach? We like our insects here at, but we mainly like to look at them and talk about them.  We don’t like to eat them very much and we certainly don’t like to eat them raw and wriggling.  Apart from being very icky, that would also be a bit cruel. […]


Cricket news

Oak Bush-Cricket News! There was a really interesting programme on the radio today that Henry listened to on the internet via this link Apparently there’s a new species of bush-cricket in the UK.  It’s called the Southern Oak Bush-Cricket and it looks like this (photo by Fritz Geller-Grimm – nice one, Fritz!) It’s a […]


How to make an Insect House – part 4

Finally our insect house was all done.  We started making another one and then did some more.  We tried to make them all different shapes and sizes.  Then we took them to the market to sell them.  We put them on our little cart and gave each one a price tag. Lots of people said […]