Plans for new butterfly house in Weston

BUTTERFLY HOUSE: Mark Birdsall of Baytree Owl and Wildlife Centre, Weston, with Murray who could soon have a collection of butterflies, caterpillars and moths for company.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
BUTTERFLY HOUSE: Mark Birdsall of Baytree Owl and Wildlife Centre, Weston, with Murray who could soon have a collection of butterflies, caterpillars and moths for company. Photo by Tim Wilson.

A butterfly reserve could be bringing visitors into South Holland for the first time in five years, with help from the public to raise £10,000.

Plans to turn a 100-foot (nine square metres) polytunnel at Baytree Garden Centre, Weston, into a buttefly and moth house have been unveiled by Mark Birdsall, manager of the centre’s owl and wildlife reserve.

Mark confirmed that an online crowdfunding campaign is to be launched on December 5 to raise the £10,000 needed to transform the polytunnel into a home for up to 25 different species of butterfly and moth.

“We’re putting a project together at the moment to add a native butterfly and moth house to the Baytree Owl and Wildlife Centre,” Mark said.

“Over the years, we’ve been slowly adding some other wildlife like red squirrels, tame red foxes and the harvest mouse.

“We have a big, 100-foot polytunnel that has been used as an interior flying area for birds for about 20 years.

From Easter to the end of September, we want to have a native butterfly and moth house in line with the season when we have butterflies around in the UK

Mark Birdall, manager, Baytree Owl and Wildlife Centre, Weston

“So from Easter to the end of September, we want to make it a native butterfly and moth house in line with the season when we have butterflies around in the UK.”

The centre would be the first of its kind in South Holland since the closure of Long Sutton Buttefly and Wildlife Park in August 2012.

Mark revealed the centre would have a bush and shrubbery garden, wildlife area, wooded forest and habitat for butterflies, caterpillars and other wildlife.

“But we’ll need a lot of money to spend on lighting, heating and planting,” Mark said.

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