Butterflies flutter all around Brockhampton

A Holly Blue butterfly at Brockhampton Estate

Springtime sees the first butterflies emerge from their cocoons and head out across the estate searching for food. They like to feed on flowers, drinking nectar with their long tongues from deep inside the flowers.

Butterflies can be spotted in many different places on the estate but the wildflower meadow is an especially good place to see them. Here you may spot a Meadow brown. They also gather in the flower gardens which surround the manor house.

Tulips in the gardens of Brockhampton Estate
Tulips in the gardens of Brockhampton Estate
Tulips in the gardens of Brockhampton Estate

If you venture further afield into the woodlands you may spot the Speckled Wood or Orange-tip feasting on the flowers that pop up here during the springtime, before the leaves have fully opened on the trees. In the orchards you might spot the Common blue butterfly flitting between the trees and feasting on the flowers that grow here such as the Bird’s foot trefoil.

Apples hanging on a bough
red apples on bough
Apples hanging on a bough

Brockhampton is home to over twenty species of butterfly and any warm sunny spot can be a good place to see them.   

Following a trail at Brockhampton Estate
Following a trail at Brockhampton Estate
Following a trail at Brockhampton Estate