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A minibeast summer at Stratford Butterfly Farm

Stratford Butterfly Farm are inviting visitors to come along and get up close to a number of insects this summer.

The farm’s Education Team will be running a series of Meet the Minibeast  handling sessions which will take place every day from 22nd July until 3rd September. Here visitors will get the chance to hold a variety of stick insects, African land snails, giant millipedes, hermit crabs and even Madagascan cockroaches!

There will also be an opportunity to get very close to a tailless whip Scorpion. Originating from Central Africa, where it lives in caves and crevices, the scorpion is actually harmless as it has no venomous tail. However, the whip scorpion moves very quickly so can only be handled by the Education Team.

In addition visitors can experience around 2,000 free flying butterflies in the Flight Area of the farm, which includes 150 different species from places such as Ecuador, Costa Rica, Suriname, El Salvador, Belize, Kenya, Tanzania, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.

Stratford Butterfly Farm regularly work with butterfly farmers from all around the tropics, which means they are constantly able to replenish their collection with stunning tropical butterflies.

Working with tropical butterfly farmers provides an income for the local community and protects the rainforests from being felled. Many of these tropical farms are community or conservation driven projects and help create a sustainable link between conservation and livelihood. By visiting the Butterfly Farm visitors are helping support these projects.

To see hundreds of spectacular butterflies, insects, reptiles and spiders visit the Butterfly Farm from 10am to 6pm every day of the week. For more information visit www.butterflyfarm.co.uk

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