Woodlice may look like insects, but in fact they're crustaceans and are related to crabs and lobsters. It’s thought there are about 3,500 species of woodlice in the world, and 35-40 of these can be found in the British Isles. We found some in The Hideaway this week.
Woodlice are sometime called pill bugs and slaters, maybe you have another name for them? The pill woodlouse gets its name because it can roll itself up into a ball. Woodlice like damp, dark places and can be found hiding in walls, under stones and in decaying logs.
They are one of our favourite bugs in The Hideaway Forest School so we celebrated them by making Woodlouse sweet potato wedges (we will leave the actual woodlouse for the birds!)