Beetles in my Backyard:
Nessa Darcy

Learn how to create a pitfall trap in your garden to catch live ground beetles (carabids) and other invertebrates for a closer look.

Try out the trap in different types of vegetation to discover which species live in which habitat. Find out why ground beetles are helpful to have around the garden and what we can do to make them feel at home.

Suited to children from 2nd to 6th class.

Materials: Plastic cup/yogurt pot/jar; trowel; piece of medium diameter chicken-wire; a square of plastic or a large stone (for rain cover); chopsticks/bamboo skewers/smaller stones (to hold up rain cover); pale coloured tray or basin.

For more information:

www.habitas.org.uk/groundbeetles/

Nessa Darcy is a member of the Heritage in Schools Panel of Specialists.