NATURE in my backyard
An eye-opening entomological experience in the comfort of your own home and garden
Nature In My Backyard (NIMBY) is a fascinating, customised, all-weather, bug-centric, one-to-one* exploration session for the budding biologist or green gardener in your household. A home visit from an entomologist-artist! Scroll down to see some options!
It can be as fun or educational as you choose, as scientific or creative as you like. The experience is tailored to your needs and interests - to help you make your garden more insect-friendly, teach children how to draw six legged critters, or introduce the gap year biology student to entomology fieldwork techniques.
I currently charge an introductory price of €60 euro (save €10) for a 90 minute session. Gift vouchers will soon be available. In the meantime, you can contact me to book a session for yourself, a friend, or a family member. There is something for everyone from 5 years old to infinity! What you see below are just three examples of what your NIMBY session might encompass.
*You'll get the most out of a one-to-one (or -two or -three) experience, though some of the activities are manageable with a small group and I wouldn't want any siblings to feel left out! However, I use valuable equipment (microscopes, professional pond nets, etc.) so I don't do children's parties! If the person availing of the experience is a minor, another adult must be present.
Critters for kids
Know a child who is fascinated with tiny living things?
- Discover the magic details of their favourite bugs under the microscope
- Venture on a bug safari using a variety of sampling techniques to explore the diversity of your backyard jungle
- Learn the body parts of different insects through drawing
Considering a career in invertebrate ecology?
- Learn how to identify insects using a microscope and ID keys
- Become familiar with field sampling techniques and the diversity that can live in your own garden
- Practice carding or pinning beetles for a reference collection
Want to turn your garden into a haven for insects?
- Find out what lives in your garden and assess its conservation potential
- Draw up a plan to create habitat for pollinators, predatory beetles, and other useful insects
- Get to know your helpful six-legged neighbours under the microscope