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BBC report on Scorpions in the UK

Bug facts by The Bug Man

Deadly Bugs

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Venom or Poison?

How Many Animal Species?

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Science Shows for Schools and events

The Bug Man, Martin Rapley FRES FBNA presents Science Shows in schools and events His amazing animal encounter shows include: The Big Bug Experience and The Reptile and Amphibians Show - as seen at The Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and many schools, science festivals and other venues and events.

As well as presenting his own shows Martin is presenting Animal Vision shows in the Attenborough Studio at The Natural History Museum

Shows and animal handling sessions are also available for Corporate events.

To book, choose a show from the list on the left then go to the Booking info/Prices page. To see some of the animals, click on the Gallery page.

Martin has worked in Education and Wildlife conservation for over 24 years. He was Education Officer with Essex Wildlife Trust for 15 years before leaving in May 2003 to set up Martin Rapley - Experience Science Live!

Martin is know as The Bug Man but as you can see his science shows and workshops can also include reptiles, amphibians and mammals.

Buy now... Martin the Bug Man's guide to Big Bugs!
Wildlife presenter and entomologist Martin "The Bug Man" Rapley brings you up close and personal to the amazing world of Big Bugs.

Putting some of the world's most fascinating bugs under the magnifying glass to show you their incredible features and adaptations. Martin also explains what is involved in caring for these amazing creatures in captivity.

Crawling with... Cockroaches, Stick Insects, Praying Mantids, Beetles, Millipedes, Centipedes, Spiders and Scorpions.

Packed with Big Bug Facts!

Supports Science National Curriculum

Over 90 Exclusive Big Bug Photographs!

Also available to order from Waterstones, WH Smith and all good book shops.

Win a fantastic Big Bug Day for your school.
Visit The Great Bug Hunt 2013 for details Click Here

Dear Martin,
I would just like to say a huge thank you for your school visit last week. The children had such an amazing time and wished that it would never end. Your show captivated the children and teachers and fitted in perfectly with our rainforest topic. It was your first visit to the school but certainly not the last, we are having a year 5 group meeting tonight and will be contacting you again shortly to book in for next year. I have even had parents come in to say "I have had children at this school for the last nine years, they tell me nothing about what goes on at school but I have heard EVERYTHING about the day that the bug man came to visit."

Thank you!

Elvetham Primary School - Hants

Hi Martin
I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you so much for a fantastic day.

The whole school is alive with children discussing their experiences and what they saw and learnt.

As the children met their parents, it was all they could talk about, it was so fantastic to hear the buzz you had created.

You worked tirelessly all day and I am sure you must have been exhausted but your enthusiasm never flagged and every child received a superb experience.

You pitched every talk at exactly the right level and the children had so much fun.

Thank you for everything and I know we will see you again soon.

Shena Washer
Yateley Manor School,
Yateley, Hants.

Hi Martin

Wow! What a day! You and your bugs had a huge impact on both the children and the adults at New City School. We were all enthralled by you and your creepy crawlies! You have broadened the children's experience of living things massively by introducing them to some of your friends - especially Beardy and Snakey! You were fantstic with the kids and although you worked with a variety of age groups throughout the day - all teachers said you were 'pitch perfect'! So thankyou for making such a positive contribution to the success of our science and technology week! I'm very sure we'll be seeing you again soon!

Laura Long
New City Primary School
Plaistow, London

Dear Martin

Wow! What an amazing day our pupils, staff and parents had yesterday. The whole school from Nursery to Year 6 have been inspired by The Big Bug Experience to create their own technology bugs etc...
I don't think I can remember a time when so many parents have been so interested in sharing in their children's learning, the Hall was packed!
Thank you so much for a wonderful day and for inspiring all our pupils and staff. We look forward to booking you again.
A big thank you from us all at Five Elms Primary School.

Clare D'Netto
Deputy Head Teacher
Five Elms Primary School, Dagenham, Essex

"Thankyou for yet another totally brilliant day. All the children who saw your Reptiles and Amphibians were thrilled. So much enjoyment and enthusiasm, so inspiring. A must see spectacular that I recommend to whoever wants an utterly entertaining and educational day. I look forward to your next visit eagerly as do all the children!"

Tim Hall, Breckland Middle School.

See feedback pages for more comments from teachers.

Martin is a Fellow of The Royal Entomological Society, A Fellow of the British Naturalists Association, corporate member of Essex Wildlife Trust, a corporate sponsor of Buglife - The Invertebrate Conservation Trust and a member of The Association for Science Education

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