About Munching Caterpillars

 How it all began…

What is Munching Caterpillars?

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. We do this by creating resources, suggesting ideas, giving advice and through running projects that involve lots of hands on opportunities. We encourage everyone to take simple measures to help butterflies and moths in their own gardens and school grounds.

Since we began back in 2012, our projects have reached more than 18,000 children! Our very first Munching Caterpillars Project ran from 2012 until 2015. Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund we were able to deliver a three year flagship project across Dorset and Somerset, delivering our unique hands on workshops in primary schools and at public and community events. Now our mission is to spread Munching Caterpillars across the country and for even more children to enjoy learning about these beautiful and important insects.

Please use our website to discover a Munching Caterpillars Project near you, or use our fantastic set of  resources to join our campaign to take small steps that will make a huge difference to butterflies and moths in your own garden or local green space.

Meet the Team...

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Kate Barrett (Wild In Winchester Project Officer)

Everyone appreciates the sight of a butterfly fluttering around a sunny meadow of wildflowers, but for me, a deep fascination grew when I started learning more about how these wonderful insects fit neatly into the natural world.  The more I learnt about their lifecycle, their relationship with plants, other insects and predators the more I wanted to study them.  Then I started moth trapping and my eyes were opened to a whole new world of special relationships, survival tricks and mimicry!  I grew up in the South Downs and have wonderful memories of playing on steep slopes of springy turf so my favourite pastime is taking my children out to Magdalen Hill Down and taking our time to explore the butterflies, bugs and birds that live there.
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