Being a citizen scientist, discovering spiders and jewel beetles

Stuart Harris was an accidental citizen scientist who discovered a new species of peacock spider in 2008. After that, he was hooked! In the last ten years he has discovered many more species of peacock spider and has also developed a passion for jewel beetles. Stuart spends most of his spare time in the bush, photographing mainly invertebrates.

Visitors of all ages are invited to join Stuart for tips on how to find these little gems of nature and to hear about his fascinating journey so far.

Sessions will start at 10:45am and 12:45pm and will last about an hour. Places are limited and bookings (essential) will be taken from 10am on the day.

Maratus harrisi, the tiny peacock spider that Stuart discovered in 2008 © Stuart Harris