Whatever the weather stroll through the wonderful world of an exotic rainforest, a lush landscape of tropical blossom, splashing waterfalls and fish-filled pools.
Enjoy the unique pleasure of watching hundreds of the world's most spectacular and colourful butterflies flying all around. You can see them feeding and flying in a wonderful tropical environment.
Our landscaped tropical greenhouse is the largest tropical butterfly display in the UK! Throughout the year we have over 250 different species of tropical butterfly from 20 different countries. There are approximately 1,500 free flying individual butterflies, sometimes a few more, sometimes a few less.
Some of the butterflies breed within the Butterfly Farm, the rest are imported from the tropics. All of the places we buy butterflies from are either Conservation projects or Village projects. Butterfly breeding is the main source of income for most of the villagers. These breeding operations have been set up to enable communities to earn a living without causing any damage to the environment and wildlife around them. Not only this good from a conservation point of view, it also allows families all over the tropics to earn a sustainable income and helps to preserve the Rainforest whilst educating our visitors.
We don't just have butterflies in the flight area! There are also a huge selection of tropical plants, these are not just to make it look lovely but to feed the butterflies. Lantana is one of the most important nectar plants we have in the butterfly farm, with its heads of tightly packed blossoms rich in sugary nectar, it is the perfect food source for our butterflies. In Asia where Lantana comes from it is considered a weed!
Watch out Iguanas about!
Keep your eyes peeled for our two resident Iguanas, Stumpy and Princess. They are green Iguanas from South America donated to the Butterfly Farm about 7 years ago. They like to hide up high in the trees and on top of the heaters where they keep a watchful eye on things below and warm their tummies.
There are a number of birds that live in the flight area, they have all been chosen because they are non-insectivorous, they like to eat seeds and fruit and not our butterflies! We have two colourful Indian Ring Necked Parakeets, a couple of African Mousebirds, with distinctive spikey hairstyles and long tail feathers and small ground dwelling birds called Chinese Painted Quail.
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