Bug hunting at Upton Country Park

Whenever we visit Upton Country Park I feel we are cheating on Moors Valley Park, although very different we love visiting both. It’s nice to have discovered another woodland area locally that we love, that always seems to have different activities happening.

bug hunting

bug hunting at upton country park

Bank Holiday Monday we headed to Poole to spend some time with our friends, whom have just started a fab new blog about the fun adventures and activities they enjoy with their little boy. Our friends are great at being prepared for all kinds of activities and had bought along a bug hunting kit. So after some lunch we headed into the woods for some bug hunting at Upton Country Park.

bug hunting discovery

bug hunting look

I am not a huge fan of digging around in the dirt and holding bugs, but I am really happy to watch our little man discover lots of creepy crawlies. It was also quite fun watching Clara holding a little newt as M was not happy to hold it, but loved getting a closer look whilst it sat safely on Mummy’s hand.

bug hunting holding newt

bug hunting with newt

We found worms, woodlice, beetles and spiders and even discovered a toad sitting among some wood chip. The boys loved waiting in anticipation as we rolled over logs to discover what was living beneath. Before the bug police attack, we did make sure all logs were replaced as found so that the little bugs could carry on enjoying their natural habitat.

bug hunting newt

Bug hunting is such a fun activity to help children understand the wonderful nature around us. We are still talking about the beetle M managed to catch and discussing how many legs the spider had. It’s a great way to explain that the world needs so many different types of creatures to help it thrive. We even had a conversation on why a standard fly is still a useful creature.

We are already looking forward to returning to Upton Country Park. The grounds are huge and we are yet to cover even half, next time we are going to take an even bigger bug hunting kit and a picnic to make sure we get the most out of our adventure.

Have you been bug hunting recently? What did you find?

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Donna Wishart Reply

    Completely not related to the post but I can’t get over how big he is. I remember him being not much more than a baby when I started reading your blog and it has been such a pleasure to watch him grow through your blog. I love how much you all adore the great outdoors – I’m sure he’ll be going bug hunting with his won children one day x

  2. Coombe Mill (Fiona) Reply

    Another great way to make the most of the lovely country parks around you. Bug hunting is a great educational activity for kids and teaching the life cycle and fun of bugs rather than scary creepy crawlies is a great approach. Well done on finding the little newt and all the other discoveries. A good bug hunting kit is perfect to keep kids interested. Thanks for sharing with me on #CountryKids.

  3. SlummySingleMummy Reply

    This is so cute! I love that kids love bug hunting.

  4. Elaine Livingstone Reply

    Have to say I am not a lover of beasties myself but have been bug hunting with the older grandchildren, and hopefully another year and I can do it all over again with the twins.
    over from #countrykids

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