Brilliant butterflies at Glendurgan

a close-up of a colourful butterfly resting on a flower at Glendurgan

There's lots to spot throughout the valley garden in summer. Peacock, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell and Comma are just some of the species of butterfly that you can see as you walk through Glendurgan at this time of year.

Did you know that there are 59 species of butterfly which breed in Britain? On your visit you can find out more about these fascinating insects on the information boards at the entrance.

Comma butterfly
a close up shot of a Comma butterfly

You'll notice that the grass is kept long in the garden for part of the summer. When the wildflowers have gone over, the garden team don't strim the banks straightaway. This is done not only to attract wildlife such as butterflies, dragonflies and crickets but it also encourages wildflower seeds to spread, which leads to the wonderful display of wildflowers that you can see at Glendurgan each spring.

The banks at Glendurgan are strimmed later in the summer
gardener strimming a bank at Glendurgan Garden by the old cider press

This summer holiday we'll have a fun trail where you and your family can learn all about the life of a butterfly. The Kaleidoscope Trail runs from Thursday 27 July - Sunday 3 September and there will be trails suitable for all ages with a butterfly themed prize at the end.

Glendurgan is a great place for wildlife spotting
family spotting wildlife by the pond at Glendurgan