Butterflies flutter all around Brockhampton

A Holly Blue butterfly at Brockhampton Estate

The warmer weather 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.

A Meadow brown butterfly
A close up photograph of a Meadow brown butterfly
A Meadow brown butterfly

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 spring and summer. 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.

Bird's foot trefoil
The yellow flowers of the Bird's foot trefoil
Bird's foot trefoil

Brockhampton is home to over twenty species of butterfly and any warm sunny spot can be a good place to see them.  We keep our gardens as organic and nature-friendly as possibly here on the estate. Throughout the orchards the countryside team have strimmed pathways for visitors to follow, leaving the grass and wildflowers long eitherside. This means birds, butterflies and bees can live and feed here whilst visitors can appriciate the natural beauty of the estate. 

A peacock butterfly