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  • Interview with Jess French


    Children's presenter and author Jess French talks minibeasts

    For: Everyone

  • Podcast - Jess French, TV presenter and author


    Jess French, presenter of CBeebies series 'Minibeast Adventures with Jess', tells us of her experiences working with children and her joy in seeing their enthusiasm for insects and the natural world. Minibeast-Adventure-with-Jess-SMALLER.jpg Listen to more podcasts by Chris Jeffs Jess French will...
  • M. G. Leonard Interview


    Author M. G. Leonard tells us about her inspiration for making insects the heroes in her hit children's book 'Beetle Boy'.
  • Jane Memmott – Urban Pollinators

    Professor Jane Memmott


    Head of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Bristol, Professor Jane Memmott, tells us about how our cities can still be a valuable home for large numbers of pollinator species, why you shouldn't mow down your dandelions, and why t he Urban Pollinators research project can be so...

  • Podcasts


    Chris Jeffs talks to a diverse range of insect enthusiasts, from academics old and new to professionals and TV personalities, in order to find out why insects are so important and fascinating.

    For: Everyone

  • Darren Mann - Taxonomy and Museum Curation

    Darren Mann setting up traps for dung beetles


    Darren Mann - head of the University of Oxford Natural History Museum’s Life collections - talks about what it’s like to manage the millions of specimens the museum contains, how to identify a bee that flew into someone’s bathroom, and how taxonomy – the scientific naming and identification of...

  • Simon Leather - Aphids, Entomology today, Applied Entomology

    Professor Simon Leather


    Professor of Entomology at Harper Adams University, Simon Leather, tells us how research on insects can really make a difference internationally, how roundabouts can be a boost to biodiversity, and gives us a look into the state of Entomology today. pc_Simon_Leather_aphid_cannibal.jpg

  • Richard Comont – Citizen Science

    Dr Richard Comont collects insects with a pooter and sweep net.


    Data officer at the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Dr Richard Comont, tells us how we, the citizens, can contribute first hand to national research projects and conservation through the power of ‘citizen science’. Why not start today by recording your ladybird sightings for the UK Ladybird Survey...

  • George McGavin – The TV Shows

    George in his ‘bee hoody’ whilst filming for ‘Ultimate Swarms’


    In Part Two we hear about George’s extensive work on TV, his continuing efforts to get an insect natural history series back on the air, and why it’s necessary to dig in elephant poo for two hours to get the perfect shot.

  • George McGavin – Switching from Academia to the TV

    George exploring the tree canopy


    Dr George McGavin - presenter of such TV shows as Lost Land of The Jaguar, Planet Ant, and Ultimate Swarms – joins us for a special two-part interview. In Part One, George tells us about why insects are so fascinating, how switching from academia to the media was the ultimate way to spread his...


Did you know?

Freshwater indicators

Mayfly and stonefly larvae are used to indicate freshwater quality as they are sensitive to environmental conditions.

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