stratford butterfly farmOn Friday 24 July the Stratford Butterfly Farm will celebrate its 30th anniversary! The Butterfly Farm opened its doors for the first time on 24 July 1985 by David Bellamy and now 30 years on, remains the UK’s largest and most successful butterfly farm.

To celebrate this milestone, the Farm is organising a number of special activities. An exhibition of photographs when it first opened is currently on display until the end of October and gives visitors a fascinating insight into the Farm’s history.

On Friday 24 July there will be a ‘Meet the Mini-Beast’ handling session at 12pm when children can handle an array of insects such as a Giant African Millipede, African Land Snail and stick insects. From the 24 – 26 July children can use the Jungle Explorer map to follow the trail to discover interesting facts and amazing creatures from around the world. In addition visitors can enter the Birthday Tree competition and leave a message on the tree to be entered into a prize draw to win family season/day tickets. The winners will be announced on Friday 31 July.  Children aged 3 – 16 can also receive a free commemorative wristband, subject to availability.

Visitors can also enjoy seeing a variety of exotic birds feeding on the new bird feeding station within the flight area. A new stunning garden has been created especially to attract bees and features a bee hive composter. Plus there are plenty of new picnic tables for visitors to use in the beautiful and peaceful surroundings of the Butterfly Farm garden.

Over the years the Butterfly Farm has continually added to its number of inhabitants and now has 3 stunning Green Iguanas that originate from Central and South America which live happily amongst the other inhabitants. These include Birds, Rosey Bourkes, Cockatiels, Budgerigars, Mousebirds, Green Ring-necked Parakeets and the flightless Chinese Painted Quails.

In Insect City, as well as the usual insects, there is a new snake tank which houses a Royal Python. It is the smallest of the African pythons and has a typically docile temperament. Also on display is a Corn Snake which originates from North America and subdues its small prey by constriction.

Over in Arachnoland and behind the safety of glass is a Goliath Bird Eating Spider.  The spider is considered to be the largest in the world and was named by explorers who saw one eating a hummingbird. Native to therainforests of South America, these spiders have up to a 30cm leg span when fully extended. Also on display is the Brazilian Red Fire Tarantula which is the third largest in the world, the Huntsman Spider which is found around the world as they commonly hide in wooden crates and are shipped with freight. Visitors can also see the infamous False Widow Spider which has attracted plenty of media interest over the last few years.

Jane Kendrick, Marketing Manager of the Stratford Butterfly Farm stated, “We are delighted to be celebrating our 30th anniversary and hope that visitors will enjoy our exhibition and special activities we have lined up. Plus, with plenty of new inhabitants to see and admire, a visit to the Butterfly Farm is a great family day out!”

To see hundreds of spectacular butterflies, insects, reptiles and spiders visit the Butterfly Farm from10:00am to 5.30pm every day of the week. Entry fees are Adults £6.25, Seniors & Students £5.75, Children (under 3’s go free) £5.25, Family (2 adults & 2 children) £18.50. There is no additional charge to view the exhibition. Group discounts are available. Registered Carers are admitted free of charge.

For more information please visit the website at www.butterflyfarm.co.uk or telephone 01789 299288.