Baytree launch butterfly house crowdfunding page launched

An artist's impression of plans by Baytree Owl and Wildlife Centre, Weston, for a new, native butterfly house.
An artist's impression of plans by Baytree Owl and Wildlife Centre, Weston, for a new, native butterfly house.

A crowdfunding project has been launched to raise £10,000 to help build a butterfly house at Baytree Owl and Wildlife Centre in Weston.

The vision is to open a native butterfly house – the first of its kind in Britain – in time for the spring/summer season next year.

It will feature four distinct habitats – a cottage garden, a wildflower meadow, a wooded area and a scrub area of nettles and brambles.

As well as providing food and shelter for the butterflies it will also create an educational site for visitors so they can do more to help the creatures thrive in their gardens.

Baytree Owl and Wildlife Centre director Mark Birdsall said: “Many of Britain’s butterflies are in decline. But in the world of wildlife, butterflies and moths are often overlooked in favour of more cuddly creatures.

“We want to change that by showing our visitors how important butterflies are and how they can help them to thrive in the wild.”

Many of Britain’s butterflies are in decline. But in the world of wildlife, butterflies and moths are often overlooked in favour of more cuddly creatures

Mark Birdsall, director, Baytree Owl and Wildlife Centre

Work is already under way on converting a 100ft polytunnel in the middle of the centre to house the butterflies.

Once open, managers hope to successfully breed species that are local to Lincolnshire to reintroduce them to the wild and increase numbers of declining species.

Baytree says it is offering rewards to everyone who donates to the project and is also looking for businesses interested in sponsoring the butterfly house.

To donate visit: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/baytree-butterfly-project