All posts tagged: butterfly

Join the Big Butterfly Count 2020

The world’s largest butterfly survey has been launched by Chris Packham and wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation to help assess the health of our environment. The Big Butterfly Count attracted more than 113,000 people last year, and with many of us turning to nature during lockdown, 2020 is expected to be the biggest year yet. Taking […]

Butterfly Farm set to reopen with brand new display

Preparations are underway at Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm to welcome back visitors this weekend following months of closure due to the coronavirus outbreak. Teams have been working behind the scenes to ensure all the necessary social distancing measures are in place before doors reopen on Saturday 4th July. Several changes have been made to protect visitors, […]

Butterflies appear earlier this year

The warm spring weather and the sunniest May on record has led to many butterfly species emerging early in the UK this year. It is the first time this century that so many have been seen at this time, with sightings recorded for wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation including some very early dates for particular species. […]

Best summer in 20 years for butterflies

A survey carried out by British charity Butterfly Conservation has revealed that the unusually warm and wet summer last year provided a welcome boost to butterfly populations. Of the butterfly species surveyed over half recorded greater numbers, with 2019 becoming one of the best years since records began 44 years ago. Butterflies benefiting from the […]

Get growing to help our butterflies and moths

The Wildlife Trusts and Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) launch their annual Wild About Gardens campaign this month. Inspired by a new film adaptation of the Frances Hodgson Burnett classic, The Secret Garden – in cinemas from 10th April – gardeners are urged to get growing to help save our butterflies and moths. Gardens provide a vital refuge […]

Join the butterflies for a tropical Christmas in Stratford-upon-Avon

Escape the cold and wet weather over the festive holidays and visit The Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm where temperatures are guaranteed to hit 25°C and over. Discover the stunningly beautiful Christmas Butterfly, also known as Papilio Demodocus, which is part of the Swallowtail family. This magnificent butterfly is sourced directly from butterfly farmers of the Kipepeo […]

Beautiful new arrivals for Stratford Butterfly Farm

Stratford Butterfly Farm has introduced several stunning new butterfly species and tropical birds to their collection this summer. After months of careful sourcing, the seldom-seen Dero Clearwing, from the rainforests of Columbia, the Procilla Beauty, from Costa Rica and the Blue Pansy, from Thailand can now be seen on display. In addition, three new Kakarikis […]

Purple Emperor butterfly returns to Norfolk

Wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation (BC) has confirmed that elusive butterfly the Purple Emperor has officially returned to Norfolk after disappearing half a century ago. Last recorded in 1961, the Purple Emperor was declared extinct in the county in the early 1970s, but experts from BC’s Norfolk Branch have revealed the butterfly is back and could be breeding […]

Plans to save UK’s rarest butterfly

The National Trust is embarking on ambitious plans to develop 60 hectares of lowland heath and wood pasture in a bid to save the UK’s rarest and most endangered butterfly, The High Brown Fritillary. The last 50 years has seen a rapid decline in High Brown numbers, with changes in their natural habitat and pressures […]

Sensational Butterflies visit London

A new exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London features hundreds of live butterflies and moths on display in a tropical butterfly house. Sensational Butterflies includes a kaleidoscope of colourful butterfly species ethically sourced from Central and South America, Africa and Asia especially for the show. Follow the trail through a tropical habitat of […]

New minibeasts arrive at Stratford Butterfly Farm

The Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm, home to hundreds of spectacular butterflies, insects, reptiles and spiders, will welcome a number of new residents in time for the Easter holidays. Visitors to the farm’s Minibeast Metropolis will be able to see a new inhabitant, the Mexican walking fish, a cross between a fish and a lizard. The unusual amphibians […]

Marvellous monsters at Longleat

From 31st March to 29th October 2017, Longleat will play host to a swarm of colossal bugs, which will be exhibited amongst the spectacular grounds. The iconic Wiltshire estate will feature these anatomically correct animatronic critters, allowing guests to experience their bizarre and intriguing beauty up close and personal. Amongst back garden frequenters such as bees, […]

Half term at Stratford Butterfly Farm

Stratford Butterfly Farm in Warwickshire will host a number of activities for younger visitors this half term. These will include ‘Meet the Mini-Beast’ handling sessions each day at 11:30am and 1:30pm so that children can get up close and handle insects such as a giant African millipede, African land snail and stick insects. Children of all […]

October half term fun at Stratford Butterfly Farm

There is plenty for visitors of all ages to discover during October half term at the newly refurbished Stratford Butterfly Farm.  Along with the recent improvements, visitors to the farm can now see around 30 Maya sculptures and artefacts, which originate from an ancient rainforest civilisation in Belize. In the Discovery Zone, visitors can see some […]

New look for Stratford Butterfly Farm

Stratford Butterfly Farm unveiled its refurbished look in July at a prestigious ceremony, where the High Commissioner of Belize, Ms Perla Perdomo, cut the ribbon.   The farm’s new improvements, at a cost of £250,000, include a new entrance, refurbished Gift Shop, and large new interpretation and information panels in the Activity Area and Discovery Zone. Guests on the […]