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18th October 2016

Half Term 22nd-30th October

There is plenty for all the family to discover this October half term at the newly refurbished Stratford Butterfly Farm

Along with the fantastic 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 see for yourself some of the crops that the ancient Maya farmed in the rainforest and are still being farmed today. These include, maize, sweet potato, pineapple, avocado, chilli peppers and even cacao saplings, which is the source of chocolate. Also in the Discovery Zone children and adults can take part in our daily Mini-Beast handling sessions with one of our friendly team members and get to hold creatures such as a Giant African Millipede, African Land Snail and a variety of stick insects.

New on display in the Minibeast Metropolis are a number of Giant African Fruit Beetles and Rhinoceros Rat Snakes. The Beetles are usually found in African tropical forests and their colours range from dull brown to bright green and blues. The Snakes, which originate from Southern China and Vietnam, get their name from their unusual scaly protrusion on the front of their snout.

Within Minibeast Metropolis is our amazing Leafcutter Ant colony. This is now one of the largest on display in the UK. Since their arrival in January, the colony has continually increased in size. Watching the ants transporting leaves back to their nest along overhead ropes is a fascinating sight to behold.

To finish your visit take a look in the gift shop packed full of nature inspired gifts to suit all budgets.