Eight ways to explore nature this Halloween


The nights are drawing in and Halloween is approaching, but enjoying this spooky celebration doesn't have to be just about eating sweets and scaring your friends.

Why not use this time of year to learn more about the creepier, crawlier creatures in your home, garden or local park? You could host a nature-themed Halloween party for your friends and family.

You might even discover that bats, bugs and slugs aren't as scary as you think.


Tree Bumblebees in the UK – what have your Species Quest observations shown?


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Have we found the answer to a Species Quest question?

Yes! Lots of you took part in the Species Quest, sending us photographs of six species over the web and via your smartphones. We received more than 800 photographs from across the country in the first year of the survey.

Bugs in urban vs rural areas – the results


How many bugs were counted in urban areas?

We invited you to go on a Species Quest and keep your eyes peeled for six key invertebrates. You spotted nearly 9,000 of them while doing your Bugs Count surveys.

One of the things we wanted to find out was how many species were found in very densely populated places such as cities and towns compared to less populated areas such as villages and hamlets. Can you notice any differences?

Bugs in different environments – your results explained


Which bugs top the charts?

We invited you to explore your local area, hunt for invertebrates and send us your results.

Your challenge was to hunt for as many bugs as possible in 15 minutes on soft ground surfaces, man-made hard surfaces and plants.

Can you see which type of bug was the most common and what types of environment they were found in most?


More than two-thirds of the True Bugs were found in the plant challenge.

Bugs Count results – what have we discovered so far?


You have been incredibly active exploring the bugs in your local area.

We challenged you to investigate the incredible variety of invertebrates in your built environment. In the first year of the survey alone, you sent us more than 5,000 sets of results and counted more than 800,000 bugs.

Scientists at the Natural History Museum processed and analysed this early data. Here's a taste of what was discovered.


Bugs Count app now updated for Android phones

The Bugs Count app has been updated and is now available to download for free from the iTunes App store (iPhone) or Google Play store (Android phones).

This mobile phone app lets you take part in real scientific research on the go. If you spot one of our six Species Quest invertebrates, such as the Green Shieldbug or Two-spot Ladybird, simply take a picture using your phone and instantly submit it to our scientists.



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