Community Events & Projects
During the summer holidays and at other times by request, our Project Officer is available to support community events across Bristol. Examples of events we have attended include the Watershed Cinema, InsectFest at Bristol Museum, the Festival of Nature, Glenfrome Primary’s school fete, closed-road pop-up street parties, Victoria Park’s family fun day & Bristol’s City Farms. We often take along the unique Caterpillar Café – our own take on a traditional ice cream cart. Instead of ice cream cones we serve up pots of compost and instead of a flavour to choose, children can select a butterfly nectar plant or caterpillar food plant to take away! We aim to inspire children at all events and wherever possible bring live specimens along, although this is weather-dependant, especially for catching moths. We also offer fun craft activities.
In 2017 we worked with the Greenway Centre, Southmead, on a large-scale community project. We transformed their café into a butterfly jungle (including crafted moths we made with the local primary school), planted up their café grounds for butterflies and moths with local kids mucking in, and – working with a local artist and University of West of England volunteers – painted butterfly murals internally and externally.