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...

Matt Brierley cover photo

Matt Brierley (Bristol's Munching Caterpillar Goes 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 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. 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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