As I child I was never into bugs. I suppose growing up on a sunny Caribbean island meant bugs were never far away. Now as a mum, I enjoy nature walks with my children. Seeing the world through their fresh eyes is thrilling. Although we are fortunate to have a small garden, still enjoy short treks in our neighbourhood parks. We sometimes take part in Sutton Ecology Centre’s outdoor activities which allows me to learn about bugs native to our area. Last year we bought a bug kit but it was poorly made and only lasted a couple uses. When Nick Baker’s kit I was impressed by the quality. Armed with Nick Baker’s Bug Safari kit, the kids and I took to the Wandle Trail and had a wonderful time.
Nick Baker is an English naturalist and television presenter. Nick designed the equipment and fact guide included in My Living World Bug Safari. Bug Safari is aimed at children over 5 years but to be used with adult supervision. The kit includes:
- Field lens
- Bug tongs
- Viewing pot with magnifier lid
- Colour instruction booklet (20 pages)
The instruction booklet is quite helpful. It names all the equipment, tells you where to look for bugs, provides brief information about common bugs and there’s an area to tick the bugs you’ve spotted. It also provides further reading suggestions.
One sunny day after the school run the kids and I hit the Wandle Trail with our Bug Safari Kit. On way we spotted a few beauties who were better appreciated from a far, like the stunning peacock butterfly resting on an apple bloom. Honestly most creatures we spotted that day were too quick for us. When we arrived at the river Wandle, I saw decaying tree truck which I shifted aside. Under the trunk we found worms, woodlouse and a spider. We selected the spider for closer observation, then returned him to his habitat. On another occasion, we went to a local park shifted and away dead leaves. We found a baby centipede, ants and worms. The centipede was easiest to catch for observation. The children have be taught to be gentle with the mini beasts and to return them to their habitats. I’ve accompanied them and assisted them in the shifting of debris and catching specimens that are likely to sting. We’ve even used Bug Safari In our garden. We usually have lots of slugs and snails after the rains. Bug Safari allowed the kids to have a closer looks at our slimy bug neighbours.
Bug Safari RRP £12.99. It can be purchased online from the Interplay website. There are also eight other Nick Baker kits available. Each kit has its own speciality such as spider, butterfly and ants. Bug Safari is perfect for kids who love bugs. Follow us on Instagram to see what adventures we get up to, when we go on a bug safari.