Ladybird & Bee celebrate biodiversity for toddlers

English premiere of Ladybird & Bee: 4 October on RTÉjr

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If you’re keen for your toddler to love nature and appreciate the need for biodiversity, then don’t let them miss RTÉjr’s Ladybird & Bee.


Following on from the successful Irish language series, Ladybird & Bee premieres in English on 4 October on RTÉjr (weekdays from 7am) and on demand via RTÉjr Player, this colourful animated series uses simple, short stories - each episode is only two minutes - to engage toddlers with the natural world and explain what biodiversity means. 


Characters Ladybird and Bee are best friends. As they journey through Wild Meadow, they befriend other inhabitants: grasshoppers, caterpillars, even worms who live underground. Their adventures reveal the important part each creature plays in nature, illustrating ecosystems in a way that young children can understand.


The show’s key theme is that there is diversity in all things; no matter how big or small, everyone has an important role in helping create a healthy, happy, balanced world.


Ladybird & Bee is the brainchild of Paper Owl Films. Creative Director, Gráinne Mc Guinness said:

“The earlier children can learn about the need for biodiversity the better. We hope Ladybird & Bee will primarily entertain toddlers - but also inspire a life-long love of nature and an understanding of the need to protect the natural world now and in future.”


Airing schedule:

Ladybird & Bee launches to RTÉjr in English on 4 October 2021 and runs weekdays until 20 October

Weekdays: 7am, and 7:03am with repeats at 9:12am and 12:30pm

Each episode will also be available on demand via RTÉjr Player

Ladybird and Bee Trailer

Suzanne Kelly, Head of Children's & Young People's Content RTÉ

“Ladybird & Bee is such a beautiful series, delivering a really important message, the importance of biodiversity, to our youngest viewers.  Building on the success of the Irish language version, Bóín & Beach, which continues to play on both RTÉjr and the RTÉ Player, we are now delighted to premiere the English language version of Ladybird & Bee so everyone can enjoy their magical adventures.”

Áine Walsh, Head of Northern Ireland Screen’s Irish Language Broadcast Fund, adds:

“This beautifully animated series allows young audiences to explore the wonder and joy of nature and may even encourage them to discover the creatures and flowers in their own gardens.”


Ladybird & Bee is produced by Paper Owl Films and commissioned by RTÉjr with funding from Northern Ireland Screen’ Irish Language Broadcast Fund and Screen Fund.

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For more information please contact:

Betsy Francis-Mearns at / 07557 645 811


About Paper Owl Films:

Creators of Pablo and Sol, Paper Owl Films represents a diverse team of creatives bringing content that matters to audiences all over the world. Paper Owl Films Ltd. was founded in 2012 by Grainne McGuinness, Stephen Petticrew and Gavin Halpin, and employs a dedicated collective of storytellers, film makers, animators and creators across their animation and live action collective. Paper Owl specialises in producing content for children and grown-ups across international broadcast and digital platforms. Their work is enjoyed all over the world on channels such as CBeebies, RTÉjr., TG4, BBC, CBC, NBC Universal, Netflix and digital platforms.

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