For butterfly lovers

Butterflies are one of the most treasured elements of the UK's wildlife, guiding us deep into the heart of nature. Find out how we're looking after them and discover the best spots for butterflying.

A pair of Glanville fritillary butterflies share a meal
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Where to see butterflies in the South West

Searching for butterflies satisfies the urge to search within us and photographing them is a great hobby.

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Discover Chalk Grassland in the Chilterns Countryside

Chilterns Countryside, Buckinghamshire

Up to 40 species of flowering plants can be found in one square metre of chalk grassland, and many species are unique to the habitat, including orchids, gentians, wild candytuft and other wildflowers. In turn, the variety of wildflowers attracts many species of insect, including rare butterflies such as the Adonis Blue and the Duke of Burgundy.

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Countryside ranger walks

Chilterns Countryside, Buckinghamshire

Explore the countryside around Hughenden and the Chilterns on a guided walk with our ranger team and find out about the conservation work that supports nature and encourages wildlife.

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Arnside Knott

Arnside and Silverdale, Cumbria

If you're looking for a walk with beautiful views and the chance to see some wildlife Arnside Knott might be for you.

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August: Butterfly monitoring and more...

Attingham Park, Shropshire

Find out more about some of the insect and wildlife monitoring that takes place.

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The walled garden at The Weir

The Weir Garden, Herefordshire

Discover The Weir's very own secret garden just a short walk from the main riverside garden. With just three walls the garden captures the afternoon sun and really takes advantage of the beautiful view of the Wye.

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October half-term at Felbrigg

Felbrigg Hall, Gardens and Estate, Norfolk

We'll be looking for bugs inside and outside this October half-term, with our family trail and crafts for children. Not forgetting, autumn colour cannot be missed on the Felbrigg estate at this time of year.

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The Painted Lady returns to The Weir

The Weir Garden, Herefordshire

This year has brought a mass migration of the beautiful Painted lady butterfly to UK shores. With record numbers being spotted at The Weir Garden it's a decade on from the last 'Painted Lady Summer' where 11 million migrated to the UK. Read on and find out about these fascinating butterflies.

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Our flower meadows and how to grow your own

Fell Foot, Cumbria

Flower meadows provide food and shelter for wildlife, and look beautiful too. Find out more about Fell Foot's newly established ornamental meadows, why they are significant here and how you can create your own wilderness at home.

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Marvellous moths

Shaugh Bridge, Devon

There's a wide variety of moths to be seen flying on Dartmoor.

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The Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterfly

Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire

We are lucky to be able to look after this special butterfly here at Shugborough. Find out more about how our ranger team look after their habitat

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Butterflies across the Surrey Hills

Headley Heath, Surrey

Butterflies are some of the most magical features we can find in the wild. Exquisitely beautiful, they are also valuable pollinators and indicators of habitat health. All wildlife favours particular habitats which provide the right food and shelter for the species to breed and thrive. You may associate butterflies with flower gardens, but in fact they can be found a range of different types of landscape. You just have to know where to look!

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Heathland butterflies

Headley Heath, Surrey

The greensand areas in the Surrey Hills may be low in nutrients, but they warm up quickly and support heather and gorse which are heavenly food plants for many bees and butterflies.

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Chalk grassland butterflies

Headley Heath, Surrey

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Woodland butterflies

Headley Heath, Surrey

Woodland butterflies exude a special sort of charm as they dance along paths and across dappled sunlight.

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Butterflies found on grassland and meadows

Headley Heath, Surrey

Keeping your eyes open even when walking through meadows and grasslands can reap rewards. These butterflies may be smaller and less colourful but they are still delightful as they cavort along side the paths and between brambles and wildflowers.

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Butterfly Trail at Chartwell 2019

Chartwell, Kent

Join Winston and Clementine on a tour of the world in this family fun trail around the Chartwell gardens and woods. Pick up a trail from our Visitor Centre every day of the holidays this summer!

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Butterfly Effect at Chartwell

Chartwell, Kent

The connection between Chartwell and butterflies is a long one, starting with Sir Winston Churchill’s love of the small creatures and one we still continue here today.