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Great Bug Hunt 2018 winners announced

The winners of this year’s Great Bug Hunt competition have been announced! The competition, brought to you by the Association for Science Education (ASE) and supported by the Royal Entomological Society (RES), takes science learning out of the classroom and brings it to life outdoors. 

The winning entries were chosen during National Insect Week (18-24 June) by a team of judges 2018, including Dr Luke Tilley from the RES and Rebecca Dixon Watmough from the ASE. Entries were received from 57 schools and over 4000 children took part.The children explored habitats to discover and record some fascinating invertebrates. Their finds were then explained and displayed in workbooks, posters and factsheets using graphs, photos, pictures and poems.

Some of the winning entries from Little Melton Primary School

The Great Bug Hunt competition is a brilliant way of bringing science to life for children and shows that you can go on a journey of discovery in your own backyard. Not only does the competition do a great job of capturing children’s imaginations, it also fits in well with the science curriculum. Using the natural environment when teaching is an important part of science education and something the ASE strongly advocates through its Outdoor Science Working Group” (Marianne Cutler, ASE Professional Development (Projects) Lead).

First prize of an “insect day” at the school goes to Little Melton Primary School in Norwich, who also won the Year 3 and 4 category.

The winners of the other groups are as follows:

Reception: Westerhope Primary School, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Year 1 & 2 – Chandlings, Oxford

Year 5 & 6 – The Willows School, Rotherham

They win a Gratnells ‘Bugs on Bushes’ kit by Katherine Forsey, kindly donated by the National Farmers Union. All the children who entered will receive a certificate.

“The children have thoroughly enjoyed The Great Bug Hunt and were enthralled with the diversity of bugs they found. They were able to use the experience to further their knowledge of habitats and organisms around them. They are now all thoroughly immersed in the world of bugs and are still keen to find even more in our school grounds. It also gave them a great understanding of how to handle and look after creatures in their care and we are going to use our terrariums to keep even more bugs to study!”  Maria Buchanan, Kinson Primary School.

One of the Year 1 winning entries from Chandlings

The winning day will take place in October with an insect day provided by the Royal Entomological Society.

”It was really impressive to see the amazing primary science on show in this year’s entries. Announcing the competition winners during National Insect Week 2018 is a particular pleasure. Insects and other invertebrates allow children to explore the natural world, using close investigation to help them become confident young scientists.” Dr Luke Tilley, RES

Details about the Great Bug Hunt 2019 will appear in the pages of future issues of Education in Science, as well as on the ASE ( and National Insect Week ( websites.

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Thunderbugs are insects called thrips, they have small feathery wings and can be transported long distances by wind.

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