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20 October 2014
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Summer - Spot some ladybirds

Ladybird artwork courtesy RSPB ©Chris Shields and Andy Hamilton

The Ladybird Surveys are real science, ideal for school classes and nature clubs.

Here are resources to help you plan a ladybird hunt and identify and record species.

About the teacher resources

The resources on this page are linked to curriculum stages in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Download UK curriculum notes

Download Wales curriculum notes - in Welsh

Your pupils can learn

  • How to perform simple, valuable wildlife surveys
  • About biological recording
  • How to catch and identify ladybirds
  • How to take pictures of ladybirds and other minibeasts
  • About Britain's native and non-native ladybird species
  • How to set up a pupa hatching experiment and record the result
  • About ladybird parasites
  • How their findings compare with data around the country

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