Guy Tansley set up bugsnstuff over 12 years ago to give both children and adults the opportunity to have close contact with, and learn more about, the amazing creatures of the insect, amphibian and reptile world. Based in the north east, our workshops cover northern England (other areas by arrangement). Click here for a map of the areas we cover. Areas outside of this area may incur travelling costs.
Guy has been keeping and breeding exotic insects for over 40 years and brings his enthusiasm and knowledge of the subject to his workshops. He has travelled the world to study the habits and habitats of insects, spiders, snakes and more.
Having travelled from rainforest to desert, he can tell you first hand about the sights and sounds of these magnificent places and the amazing creatures that live there.
His main interest is tarantulas, having once owned over 700 of them, he has been lucky enough to travel the world researching them. In 2012 and 2022 he ventured to South America for a month long trip hunting for the World’s largest spider; the Goliath bird eating tarantula! Pictures from this research trip (and many others) can be seen here. In 2020 he even had a new species of tarantula named after him in recognition of his notable contributions to the understanding of tarantula ecology through his extensive fieldwork.
Creator of the successful and much-referenced website dedicated to tarantulas, giantspiders.com, he aims to dispel the many myths surrounding these fascinating arachnids. More recently, Guy has wrangled insects for the film world, bringing megabugs to the big screen and has also worked with CBBC on their Live 'n' Deadly Roadshow.
Guy has close connections with ZSL (London Zoo), Northumberland College Zoo, The Great North Museum: Hancock and has been an active member of the British Tarantula Society for over 30 years.
Click here to meet the animals used in the bugsnstuff workshops and displays.
We have been awarded our Animal Welfare License (2018 Regulations) for Activities Involving Animals. This license came into force on April 1st 2019 so if you're booking anyone for events involving animals, please make sure they have this in place. License no. DCC/ALA/076803.
Guy has Enhanced DBS clearance and is appropriately insured (copies available on request).
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