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Worms, snails, insects and spiders as well as other invertebrates are also known as ‘minibeasts’. They are creatures without either a backbone or an internal skeleton.

They are all around us and live in what are called ‘micro-habitats’. They help to pollinate plants, provide food for other creatures such as birds and reptiles and recycle waste material.

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Minibeast Facts

  • Minibeasts are crucial for our survival: they recycle dead matter and waste products; they help with plant pollination; they are a crucial source of food in the ecosystem.
  • They often live in what are called ‘micro-habitats’. 
  • Minibeasts are split into three main sub-groups or classifications: arthropods, molluscs and annelids.
  • There are more than 25,000 different kinds of invertebrates in Britain.

Videos

What is a minibeast?

A short audio slideshow from the BBC that explains the different characteristics that make an animal a minibeast. 

Running time: 2:45

Minibeast Adventure With Jess

Join Jess and explore the wildlife that lives on their doorsteps, beginning with caterpillars.

Running time: 28:13

Mini Beast Safari

Joe and Annie go on an amazing adventure in Longleats Pets Corner. They shrink down in size to get a close up look at the Longleat minibeasts and Joe looks for minibeasts in his garden at home.

Running time: 08:11

Books

Superworm

Who will come to Superworm’s rescue, when he’s captured by a wicked Wizard Lizard? Luckily, all of Superworm’s insect friends have a cunning plan…

Norman the Slug with a Silly Shell

Norman is a slug who longs to be a snail—if only he could find the perfect shell! He tries a tennis ball, an apple, and even an alarm clock but none of them feels quite right. Until one day, Norman stumbles upon a doughnut! What could be better than that? But is that sweet shell really the perfect fit?

Harry the Poisonous Centipede

Harry the Poisonous Centipede is the delightfully squirmy story of a little centipede’s adventures in the scary world of the dreaded Hoo-Mins!

James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant peach is a children’s classic that has captured young reader’s imaginations for generations.

Charlotte's Web

​Charlotte’s Web is a classic tale of friendship, bravery and some animal magic.

Let's Discover Bugs

Inspired by and featuring artwork from the animated special, this fun-filled guide to bugs is packed with information, activities and stickers.

First Book of Minibeasts

Through beautiful full-page illustrations accompanied by key information about each creature, this book is designed to encourage young children’s interest in the outside world and the wildlife around them.

Ultimate Bugopedia

This book includes everything a young fact-hound needs to discover the weird, wacky, diverse, and fascinating world of bugs.

The Big Book of Bugs

The book is divided into key groups of bugs, including beetles, moths, butterflies, bees, snails, crickets, grasshoppers, worms and spiders, all illustrated with scenic compositions

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