Araneus quadratus by Les Steward

Get your creative juices flowing and you could be the lucky winner of a torch light moth trapping night with Steve Backshall from TV’s Deadly 60. Simply paint, draw or make a collage picture of your favourite bug and tell us why it’s your favourite, to win this exciting experience and other signed Deadly 60 merchandise.  

To celebrate the grand opening of Canvey Wick SSSI- Britain’s first Bug Reserve, Buglife, the RSPB and The Land Trust are running an art competition called “My Favourite Bug” to celebrate the wonderful diversity of bugs that call Canvey Wick their home.  The site is home to over 1400 different types of bug including some very rare and endangered bugs such as the Shrill carder bee and Canvey Island ground beetle.

All you have to do is create picture of your favourite bug and say why it is your favourite.  You may already have a favourite bug, if not and you need some inspiration go outdoors in the garden, park or local nature reserve and go bug spotting. Bugs are everywhere from pretty butterflies and buzzing bees to wiggly worms and crazy centipede’s – there’s a bug for everyone!  There are two age categories aged 5-9 years old and 10-14 years old.

Please post your entries to: Bug Art Competition, Buglife, Bug House, Ham Lane, Peterborough, PE2 5UU.

Closing date 10th September

Please see for competition rules.

First Prize for each age category

Moth trapping with Steve Backshall and Buglife at Canvey Wick SSSI Bug Reserve, Canvey Island Essex on Wednesday 17th September at 7.30-9pm.

Signed copy of Steve Backshall’s Deadly 60 hardback book

12 month junior membership to Buglife which includes 2 copies of The Buzz  membership magazine per year

Second Prize for each age category

Signed copy of Steve Backshall’s Deadly 60 hardback book

Deadly 60 Top Trumps cards 

Dr Sarah Henshall - Lead Ecologist for Buglife