We decided to embark on our own butterfly hunt. We made butterflies to lay along our route and gathered up our nets, magnifying glass and a book to identify our discoveries. Our hunt took place at the beautiful Heddons Mouth in Devon – a beautiful walk through a wooded valley to an idyllic picturesque beach cove. I even managed to buy some chocolate butterflies and bugs at the National Trust shop at the beginning of our walk to have as a surprise once we got to the beach. Here’s how we got on…
We started by making our butterflies which I would then secretly place in the bushes along our route.
With our nets in hand, we set off.
I hid our butterflies along the way…
…and the kids found them…
…along with lots of real butterflies.
We even caught some in our bug observatories to get a closer look.
We carried on the marked route and made our way down to the beach.
It was a beautiful pebble beach.
And once we arrived, I carefully placed our yummy chocolate treats whilst the kids carried on with their search.
They soon discovered the chocolate butterflies!
As we headed back through the woods we looked out for signs of butterflies and found evidence of hungry caterpillars.
Finally, we collected leaves, petals and twigs to make our own beautiful butterfly.