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Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm is a unique rainforest environment set within a series of greenhouses. It is landscaped with tropical blossom, fish-filled pools, splashing waterfalls and themed to the ancient Maya civilisation with replicated Maya artefacts throughout.
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Whilst COVID-19 restrictions are in place some changes to INFORMATION have been made to comply with government regulation. These changes have been highlighted in bold on this page.

A visit to the Butterfly Farm will be a different experience with restrictions in place but still one to enjoy with family & friends.

It is mandatory for face coverings to be worn in indoor attractions. To be compliant with government regulation face coverings must be worn correctly covering both the nose and mouth throughout the butterfly farm by both visitors and staff.

Please click here for more information and to find out who is exempt from wearing them. We recommend that if you are exempt to carry an exemption card.

From Monday 14th September 2020 it will no longer be legal to meet socially in groups of more than 6, indoors and outdoors, unless you  are in a household or a support bubble which is larger than 6. 

'The rule of 6' has been implemented by the government to help limit some of the more casual activities that can take place in large groups but allows businesses to operate with larger groups where Covid control measures are in place.

Visitors to Stratford Butterfly Farm must only interact with persons within their household, support bubble or social group and must keep their social distance from other visitors.

For the latest government advice on new measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down please click  here

Please be respectful to other visitors and to members of our team during time spent at the butterfly farm. Any abuse towards staff or other visitors will not be tolerated and you will be asked to leave without a refund.

We politely ask that if you or a member of your family feel ill in any way on the day of your visit that you DO NOT visit the farm but reschedule.

Alcohol is prohibited, chilled soft drinks are available to purchase on entrance or exit.

No bare chests please!

To guarantee entrance pre-book your tickets online. Arrive promptly at the Butterfly Farm a few minutes before your booking time.

On arrival follow the one-way system along the pathway. You will be greeted by a queue marshal. If you arrive before your allocated booking time you may be asked to wait. If you arrive late we cannot guarantee your entrance and you will be given the next available space on the day.

For NHS Test and Trace the name and contact number will be collected from the lead booker. This will be stored in line with GDPR and destroyed after 21 days. From 24 September visitors can check-in with the NHS Test and Trace App by scanning the QR Code at Reception.

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Visitors will be clicked in so that vistor numbers are monitored at all times. The Butterfly Farm will be operating at reduced capacity with a one way system throughout whilst COVID-19 restrictions are in place.

All visitors are asked that to sanitise their hands on entry to the farm. Hand sanitiser stations have been placed in Reception, Flight Area, Discovery Zone, Toilet Entrance, Minibeast Metropolis & Gift Shop.

You can expect to see hundreds of butterflies and many different species from around the world within the Rainforest Flight Area. Visitor Guides and ID sheets are available from reception.

It’s not just butterflies! Within the Flight Area there is a free roaming green iguana called Prudence a variety of seed eating birds, as well as all sorts of interesting creatures waiting to be discovered in Minibeast Metropolis.

We politely ask all our visitors to not touch the butterflies whilst at the Butterfly Farm. They have such delicate wings that doing so is detrimental to their well-being. They may however land on you!

Photography is welcome at the Butterfly Farm, though we do ask that you are mindful of other visitors and to keep your social distance, stay on the pathways and do not block the pathways and do not use flash in Minibeast Metropolis. Don’t forget to tag us in your images on social media! Whilst COVID-19 restrictions are in place tripods and camera equipment will not be permitted.

Re-entry to the farm on the day of your visit will not be permitted whilst COVID-19 restrctions are in place. Tickets are non-transferrable. You will have 1 hour to spend in the Butterfly Farm during which you will be able to go round the 1 way system as many times as you like.

Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times and in all areas of the Butterfly Farm during your visit.

To keep our butterflies happy and flying the temperature within the Flight Area is tropical and slightly humid all year round. Each area of the Butterfly Farm has a large vent in the roof, these will be opened frequently and ventilation monitored.

Whilst COVID-19 restrictions are in place the cloakroon will be unavailable. Please take buggies and prams in with you, just be careful as there maybe butterflies on the floor, and either leave your belongings in the car or carry them with you.

Toilets with disabled and baby changing facilities are available in the Discovery Zone. In accordance with social distancing please keep the entrance to the toilets clear to enable safe passage. If you need the facilities but have gone past them please go round the one way system again and do not back track. 

Whilst COVID-19 restrictions are in place seating has been removed from the Flight Area.

The pathways are flat and level throughout the Butterfly Farm. For further information on access please read the  Access Statement.

Parking: The Butterfly Farm currently has two bays for blue badge users on our site. It cannot be booked and is on a first come first served basis. Due to building distruption next door to Strattford Butterfly Farm the Blue Badge Bays are currently unavailable Monday to Friday. There are car parks close by offering free unlimited parking for blue badge users:

https://www.stratford.gov.uk/parking-roads-transport/recreation-ground-car-park.cfm

Dogs are not permitted inside the butterfly farm as the heat and humidity causes distress to them and dogs cause distress to our resident green iguana and birds.

 

The Nature Inspired Gift Shop sells chilled drinks, confectionery and ice-creams. Due to COVID-19 restrictions only touch the products you intend to buy and use the hand sanitiser provided. 

The use of outdoor benches and tables in the Wildflower Garden is temporarily suspended. The Koffee Kart will be unavailable but there are plenty of nearby cafés, bistros and restaurants.

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Work Experience and Voluntering Opportunities

Stratford Butterfly Farm offers a variety of work experience placements and volunteering opportunities. 

Animal Management Work Experience Placement

This programme involves caring for a range of animals including; invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, fish and birds.You will be asked to help with daily routines; i.e. cleaning and redesigning enclosures, feeds, assisting in health checks and completing general maintenance of the farm. You will also be asked to carry out ‘Animal Handling Sessions’ with the public and engage in visitor interactions.Some horticulture work would also be expected of you.

 Horticulture Placement

This programme involves caring for the wide range of tropical flora we grow in the farm. You would learn how to sow, propagate and cultivate; fruit plants, vegetable plants, and feed plants for our butterflies. You would help to maintain the aesthetics of the farm and the constant growth of new stock. Some animal care work would also be expected of you.

If you are interested in either one of our work experience placementments and are 17 years or older please send a CV and Covering Letter to enquiries@butterflyfarm.co.uk

 Become a volunteer at Startford Butterfly Farm!

If you are interested in becoming part of the volunteer team and would describe yourself as a confident and friendly character then we would love to hear from you!

Our volunteers engage with visitors, enhancing their experience at the Butterfly Farm and help to care for our beautiful butterflies and captivating caterpillars.

Our Farm attracts all ages and we would like our volunteers to mimic that, so if you are aged 16-99 years then please contact us by emailing enquiries@butterflyfarm.co.uk