Posted: Friday 19th June 2020
Lots of us have been enjoying spending more time in nature recently and enjoying lots of walks, as 22-28 June is National Insect Week, we thought we would take the opportunity to celebrate our local invertebrates.
Strictly speaking, insects are six-legged creatures with an exoskeleton and a segmented body. But we love all mini-beasts, so we are allowing snails and slugs (gastropod molluscs), spiders (arachnids) and woodlice (crustaceans) to join the party as well.
This week we will be looking for mini-beasts in our local area and posting photos on our social media pages. We’d love you to join in by going bug-hunting and telling us about what you see. You could take a photograph, make a drawing or painting, or, if you were feeling especially creative, you could even make a model of what you find. Bug-hunting an ideal family activity, but it’s not just for the children – grown-ups can have just as much fun looking for bugs on their own!
(Don’t worry if you can’t go out to look for mini-beasts - you could always create some insect-themed artwork using your imagination)
To mark National Insect Week, one of our librarians is creating some special art and craft activity sessions, which will appear on our Facebook page during the week.
And if you are interested in gardening for wildlife or identifying bugs, we have some excellent eBooks you can borrow from BorrowBox
There are lots of amazing organisations out there working hard to protect insect life. They are great places to start if you want to learn more about bugs and other wildlife. Here are some of our favourites – Buglife, Wildlife Trusts, Woodland Trust
Good luck with #HertsBugWatch – let us know how you get on!