Butterfly House at Victoria Park hailed a soaring success

Exotic species fascinate visitors at the restored Butterfly House in Victoria Park

Flynn Carney watches the chrysalis waiting to hatch

Ruth and Roy Colville identify some of the exotic butterflies

First published in News

King swallowtail, Indian leafwing and blue moon are just some of the exotic butterflies which have set up home in Widnes.

The Butterfly House in Victoria Park has been brought back to life after being closed for two years, thanks to the efforts of volunteers.

Hundreds of visitors have been fascinated to see colourful, tropical species flutter past their eyes.

They can even watch twitchy chrysalis waiting to burst into life in an emergence cage.

Volunteer Steph Davies, of Victoria Park Environment Team, said: "There can be 25-50 butterflies in the glasshouse each day with some only lasting for five days.

"We have a butterfly life cycle and identification sheets to help visitors learn more."

Special events including a butterfly health walk and photography workshop and competition were held during a butterfly bonanza week.

It cost £1,200 for the butterflies for four months plus food and heating so donations are greatly appreciated.

The butterfly house is open from Thursday to Sunday, 10.30am to 2.30pm, until Sunday, September 28.

Photographs from the competition are currently on display. Visitors are invited to select the one they feel has the most impact.

Anyone wishing to volunteer can call Louise Nulty on 07930 388844 or Steph Davies on 07743 762625.

Volunteers worked in partnership with Halton Council to secure grants from Community First Fund and Awards for All.

They would like to thank Jeff Clarke and Sharron Edwardson who have shared their creative and ecological skills to support volunteers, helping them to expand their skills and knowledge.


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