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The Great Bug Hunt Competition 2017

The Great Bug Hunt 2017 is announced!

A Great Competition for Primary Schools to encourage pupils to get outside to learn more about living things and their habitats and to use the outdoor classroom. Simply identify a local habitat, get the pupils to explore and discover the minibeasts (bugs) that live there, draw them and record their findings – it’s that easy!

 This exciting competition, now in its fourth year, fits into the curriculum and helps to develop Working Scientifically too; it also fits perfectly with many of the topics which NI teachers use to teach the curriculum area called the World Around Us.

Entries should be emailed or posted to Rebecca Dixon Watmough at:
   44 St. Peter's Close
   Salesbury, Blackburn
   BB1 9HH 
   United Kingdom

To download a copy of this A4 Poster, click on the link below:

   A4 Bug Hunt 2017.pdf

The Great Bug Hunt is run in association with the Royal Entomological Society

Founded in 1833, the Royal Entomological Society plays a major national and international role in disseminating information about insects, improving communication between entomologists and informing the public about entomology.

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Animals and Ecology Kits

Developed by Learning Rooms Outdoor Education expert Dr Katherine Forsey, these kits come complete with contents that can serve up to 30 children at a time and access to unique teaching materials.

The sets achieve both English and Scottish curriculum requirements and maximum engagement from children, capturing their imagination and enhancing their learning.

Each kit is housed in the new Gratnells SmartCase, a robust water-resistant case which features a convenient carrying handle, making it easy to transport to the outdoor study area and return to school. What's more every SmartCase fits into any furniture that uses Gratnells trays so storage is simple practical and effective.

This kits are exclusive to Philip Harris and the ideal answer to your outdoor educational needs.

  Link to catalogue

Mini Beasts and Habitats set

Contents per kit: Plastic spoon x 15, collecting brush x 15, collecting pot x 30, magnifier pot x 6, hand lens x 10, Gratnells insert x 15, plastic trowel x 30 – packaged in Gratnells SmartCase™ x 5. All teaching materials including notes and ID charts are also available to download.

Bugs on Bushes Set

Contents per kit: White sheet x 6, pooter x 30, Milton wipes, large wooden pole x 6, hand lens x 10, collecting pot x 12 - packaged in Gratnells SmartCase™ x 6. All teaching materials including notes and ID charts are available to download.

2016 Winners Announced!



'WOW! So many facts and figures, presented in a fascinating way. Insects forever!' (David Bellamy OBE)


The winners of this year’s Great Bug Hunt competition have been announced! The competition, brought to you by the Association for Science Education and the Royal Entomological Society, takes science learning out of the classroom and brings it to life outdoors. 


The winning entries were judged during National Insect Week 2016 by Dr Luke Tilley from the RES and Rebecca Dixon-Watmough from the ASE on 28th June.

Children taking part in the competition had spent their time exploring habitats before recording their observations and researching the insects. Photos, pictures, poems, graphs and songs were all used to creatively show-off the little things that run the world, insects.  

‘The Great Bug Hunt competition is a brilliant way of bringing science to life for children and shows you can go on a journey of discovery in your own backyard. Not only does the competition do a great job of capturing children’s imagination, it also fits in well with the science curriculum. Using the natural environment when teaching is an important part of science education and something the ASE strongly advocates through its Outdoor Science Working Group

(Marianne Cutler, ASE Professional Development (Projects) Lead).


First prize of a school ‘bug day’ from the RES went to Year 4 at Wickham Market Primary School in Wickham Market, Suffolk.

​ See the East Anglian Daily Times coverage of the presentation

The winners from each age prize category were:


Years 1 and 2 - St James CofE, Weybridge, Surrey

Years 3 and 4 - Swaffield Primary School, Wandsworth, London

Years 5 and 6 - Manor Farm Junior School, Hazlemere, Buckinghamshire

High res images (with captions) available from the following link


The prizewinning day took place in Novemeber 2016, with presentations by Dr Luke Tilley from the Royal Entomological Society and the three other winners received certificates and insect goodies.



“The children have thoroughly enjoyed The Great Bug Hunt and were enthralled with the diversity of bugs they found. “They were able to use the experience to further their knowledge of habitats and organisms around them.

“They are now all thoroughly immersed in the world of bugs and are still keen to find even more bugs in our school grounds.

“It also gave them a great understanding of how to handle and look after creatures in their care and we are going to use our terrariums to keep even more bugs to study.“

“Thank you to everyone at The Great Bug Hunt and we can’t wait to enter again next year.” (Marianne Cutler)

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