A guide to finding mini-beasts

Mist spraying

A fine water mist-sprayer can be used on any vertical surface (such as hedgerows and walls) to show up spider webs. It is surprising the amount of webs that can be present and the differing shapes and sizes. 

Often spiders will be spotted near the webs and can be captured using a pooter. A fun trick is to use a vibrating tuning fork or electric toothbrush to gently touch a web, the spider will rush out into the centre of the web, thinking that an insect has been caught. 

Many other types of invertebrates are likely to be spotted whilst searching in this focused way.