Moreton Hall pupils have taken part in The Royal Society of Biology competition, the BioArtAttack (2D) awards. The competition, which is for children aged 7 to 18 years old, celebrates the benefits of combining Science and Art and children are encouraged to submit a drawing or painting of their favourite animal, plant or fungi.

Moreton Hall pupils were inspired by The Natural History Museum and their historical specimen drawers. Their submission named ‘Capturing a Week in a Shropshire Garden’ highlights all the butterflies that visited Moreton Hall’s gardens.

Year 1 to Year 9 planted wildflower seeds and last summer, pupils got the opportunity to record and count all the butterflies and insects. The drawer showcases these butterflies and includes the Red Admiral and Holly Blue through to the more unusual Dingy Skipper and White-Letter Hairstreak. The pupils each drew their own butterfly capturing its nuanced differences mimicking that of a real Lepidopterist specimen drawer.

One pupil said: “Pulling out the drawers is the exciting part and seeing the rows of specimens.”

The submission will be displayed on the wall of Moreton Hall’s Science Block for all pupils and staff to enjoy. This will hopefully also encourage pupils to identify local species and their Latin names.