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.

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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.

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Meet the Team...

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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.