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Butterfly tunnel
Tropical butterflies develop in the humid part of the tunnel but we also display some native, British species
Inside our butterfly tunnel
Take a close look at the underside of leaves and you may see caterpillars

Butterfly tunnel

Open from May to the end of October. Cold weather may alter start and end dates slightly.

We have a variety of native and tropical butterflies in the tunnel, featuring species from South America, Africa, the Indian subcontinent, the Phillipines and Australasia.

Each pupa is glued to a stick and placed in a humid cabinet until they hatch. They are then released into the flight area.

The plants in the tunnel encourage egg laying, so look out for caterpillars and eggs underneath the leaves!

In the area devoted to native British butterflies we have planted nettle, a favourite of the Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Tortoishell and Painted Lady butterflies. You may also see a Swallowtail or two.

We hope that our butterfly tunnel will educate and inspire you to look out for the different life cycles of moths and butterflies in the wild. In July each year, the Butterfly Conservation project conducts the Big Butterfly Count. This is a great way to learn about local native species and identify their prevalence. Butterflies are sensitive to changes in the environment, and have seen a collapse in numbers in Britain during the past three decades.

More than three-quarters of the 60 species found in the British Isles are in decline. For more information you can go to: and