Join us in the Churnet valley to enjoy a day of bug hunting fun! 1st June


The RSPB’s Coombes Valley nature reserve near Leek is inviting families to join them in a big bug hunt day! Learn how to identify some of the creepy crawlies that live at Coombes Valley.

From sweep netting to stream dipping, there will be plenty of things to see, do and learn! Use a pooter to get a better look at some mini bugs or frolic around a meadow with a sweep net to discover what lurks in amongst the grasses and flowers. Our friendly staff and volunteers will be on hand to help you get to grips with the tricky art of identifying what is found.

Becky Blackman, spokesperson for the RSPB says:

“This event is a great to opportunity to get up close to the mysterious world of Churnet valley bug life. We will give families the chance to find out how we survey in different types of habitat and learn how to identify what you find.”

There will even be a chance to discover what exciting species have been caught in the moth trap overnight!
This event is taking place thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) helping us to acquire our new land in the Churnet called Bellpit meadows. Although we won’t be visiting Bellpit on the day the HLF are keen to find out what sorts of bugs live in the area! So, let’s rally the troops and work as a team to find as many bugs as possible here at Coombes Valley!

This event will be held at Coombes Valley on the 1st of June from 11 am – 3 pm. £5 per child with 20% off for members.

For more information about this bug hunt day telephone: 01538 384 017,

email or visit the reserve website at