Rainforest Flight Area

Whatever the weather stroll through the wonderful world of a unique and exotic, rainforest environment; a lush landscape of tropical blossom, splashing waterfalls and fish-filled pools.
The world's most spectacular and colourful butterflies bought to you from the rainforests of the tropics!
  • Flight Area Cover Image

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 sourced from 20 different countries. There are approximately 2 000 free flying individual butterflies, of all shapes, sizes and colours. Sometimes there are a few more, sometimes a few less.

To appreciate the true beauty of butterflies in flight follow the link below. Epic Tech Media have captured our butterflies in all their majestic glory in slow-motion. We hope that you enjoy the film!

https://vimeo.com/224663348

Some of the butterflies breed within the Butterfly Farm, the rest are imported from butterfly farmers in the tropics. All 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 is 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. One such project is the Kipepeo Butterfly Project: http://kipepeo.org/

  • Butterflies feeding on LantanaButterflies feeding on Lantana

It's not all butterflies in the Flight Area! There is a large selection of tropical plants. They look beautiful but more importantly they feed the butterflies. Lantana is one of the most important nectar plants at 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!

  • Green IguanaGreen Iguana

Have fun spotting our resident Iguana! Prudence is a green Iguana, originating from South America. She was donated to the Butterfly Farm about 7 years ago. She likes to hide up in the trees and bask in the warmth on top of the heaters where she keep a watchful eye on the goings on below!

There are a number of tropical birds that live in the rainforest flight area, they have all been chosen because just like our iguana they are non-insectivorous. This means they like to eat seeds and fruit and not our butterflies!

We have two colourful Indian ring necked parakeets, an African mousebird, with its distinctive spikey hairstyle and long tail feathers and small ground dwelling birds called Chinese painted quail.

We also have new arrivals, diamond doves from Austarlia, the cheeky yellow kakrakis, from New Zealand, a pair of rosy bourkes, java sparrows and the small but loud zebra finches!

  • KakarikiKaraiki, or Cyanoramphus sp.