Whatever the weather stroll through the wonderful world of an exotic rainforest: a lush landscape of tropical blossom surrounding 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. We have 1,500 free flying individual butterflies (sometimes it’s a few more, sometimes a few less).
Some of the butterflies we breed here and the rest we import from the tropics. All of the places we buy butterflies from are either Conservation projects or Village projects, where 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. So not only is it good from a conservation point of view, it allows families all over the tropics 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, 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. In Asia where Lantana comes form it is considered a weed!
Watch out Iguanas about!
Keep your eyes peeled for our two Iguanas, Stumpy and Princess. They are green Iguanas from South America donated to the Butterfly Farm about 6 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 quite a few birds in the flight area, they have all been chosen because none of them are insectivorous-they like to eat seeds and fruit. We have colourful Budgerigars, two Indian Ring Necked Parakeets, a couple of African Mousebirds, and some Chinese Painted Quail that walk around on the floor, to name but a few.
We welcome the latest additions to the birds of the Stratford Butterfly Farm, Mousebirds that originate in Africa. You will see these pretty birds, with their distinctive hairstyles, flying around and playing in the trees throughout the Flight Area.
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