Wild About Plymouth starts the summer with a Big Bug Hunt


Wild About Plymouth, the city’s family-friendly natural history partnership, is running a Giant Big Bug Hunt at Ford Park Cemetery on Saturday 19 July.

The cemetery, which is steeped in history, is also a 34.5-acre urban wildlife refuge and home to a wide variety of plant, bird and insect life.

Wild About Plymouth will help people search for spiders, beetles and other creepy crawlies in the undergrowth, with experts from the City Museum and Art Gallery’s natural history department and Plymouth University on hand to help everyone identify their finds.

The free event will run from 11am to 1pm and there is no need to book in advance – just meet at the cemetery chapel five minutes before the start. Don’t forget to wear appropriate clothing for the weather and remember sunscreen if it’s hot!

“With the summer holidays about to start and the weather warming up it’s a really good time to hold an event like this,” said the Museum and Art Gallery’s natural history curator Jan Freedman. “Ford Park Cemetery is a great venue for a bug hunt with plenty of things for people to find. Hopefully it will get them ready for some bug hunting in their own gardens too!”

Wild About Plymouth offers a natural history or science-themed event each month throughout the year.