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  • Jenyns' Fenland Project

Leonard Jenyns was an important naturalist of the 19th century and lived in Cambridgeshire for much of his life, making observations and collecting specimens from the local area. A large amount of the material he collected is now stored here at the Museum and offers a fascinating snapshot of Cambridge 200 years ago.

The goal of the Jenyns’ Beetle Voyage Project is to catalogue, for the first time, part of Jenyns’ extensive insect collection. In doing so we hope to gain information on how habitats and species have changed over the last few hundred years and guide future conservation efforts.

This page showcases the resources that have been produced as part of this project. These have been made with teachers, students and those wanting to learn more about Cambridge insect ecology, habitat change and current conservation efforts in mind.

To read more about the collections project, or explore the British Insect collection using our collections explorer, click the links below:

Insect Collecting Game

Travel back in time to 1829 and help Leonard Jenyns collect Insects around Cambridgeshire. Compare these to the species you can find in Cambridge today and learn how habitats have changed!

This game will help you to explore the consequences of habitat change on insects with your class and is accompanied by teaching notes, and further resources. The game can be played individually or as a class depending on your access to resources.

Saving Our World

The resource aims to inspire young people about wildlife conservation, by exploring real-world themes and issues. By comparing two case studies, one based in the UK and one based in Southeast Asia, readers will witness how the past can inform the present using museum collections. The resource hopes to inspire young people to think about the practicalities of wildlife conservation by exploring real-world themes and circumstances.

Then embed your students learning with our quick quiz!