About Munching Caterpillars

Munching Caterpillars Highlights

What is Munching Caterpillars?

In 2017 Munching Caterpillars hits Bristol! We are a Butterfly Conservation project all about increasing awareness and understanding of butterflies, moths and their caterpillars among young people and their families. We do this by creating resources, suggesting ideas and through running projects that involve lots of hands on opportunities, encouraging everyone to take simple measures to help butterflies and moths in their own gardens and school grounds. For schools particularly we have two lessons tailored for Key Stage 2. In the first we get grubby and plant up some of the grounds with caterpillar munch and all-important nectar plants, essential fuel for butterflies and moths. In the second we bring in caterpillars and encourage the kids to do the same! We also bring in our marvellous moths and brilliant butterflies. We want kids to see these creatures up close and personal. Most of all, Munching caterpillars is about having fun and enjoying these beautiful insects!

Today we are funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery, Ernest Cook Trust, Bristol and Somerset Branch of Butterfly Conservation and the Bristol Naturalists Society.

What have we achieved before?

Our original Heritage Lottery funded project ran from 2012 until 2015.

Three Project Officers visited primary schools, community groups, events and festivals with their unique interactive workshops. Nothing hi-tech, these workshops were all about giving children some close encounters with live specimens, getting outside and getting grubby. An important feature of the project was about providing food and nectar plants for butterflies, moths and their caterpillars too. Our mission was to create ‘Caterpillar Munchboxes’ and ‘Butterfly Fuel Stations’ in school grounds, gardens and green spaces throughout the project area (Dorset & Somerset). Watch our little film to see how we got on!

The Project was a huge success, exceeding our targets and expectations every year. We delivered 233 Primary School Workshops, took 19 groups of children out on to our reserves, attended 99 public and community events and delivered 16 training workshops.

In total, we reached approximately 14,000 children!

Meet the Team...

Matt Brierley (Bristol's Munching Caterpillar Comes to Town Officer)

Matt Brierley absolutely loves moths and is on a mission to rebrand them! After all, what are moths but the butterflies of the night? Ah, but they eat clothes I hear you say! Only two British moths do - and we have thousands! Matt Brierley cover photo Previously with the RSPB, Matt also freelances as a wildlife filmmaker and has worked on some really exciting BBC programmes. He was in New York for Planet Earth II's ambitious filming of peregrines from a chopper, researched the seabird stories for Blue Planet II and helped manage the live cameras for Springwatch 2014 - if anyone can remember a very hungry badger, cannibalistic bittern or adder in the goldfinch nest, Matt helped filmed them! Whilst working for Butterfly Conservation he's also producing a film for the NGO FinFighters all about protecting British sharks! If Matt looks familiar you may have seen his alter ego performing wildlife or dinosaur themed comedy... and yes... he's even written a moth joke. Did you see that moth in the Sainsburys Bagging Area? I think it was after nectar points. OK. He didn't say it was funny.
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