Gently Does It at Stratford Butterfly Farm
Ann Evans shares the good news of Stratford Butterfly Farm emerging from lockdown in all its splendour.
As Covid restrictions are gradually eased and life takes on some kind of normality, the Stratford Butterfly Farm is emerging from its temporary hibernation too. It is delighted to announce that it is to re-open on 4 July in accordance with Covid-19 government guidelines and social distancing measures.
The Butterfly Farm will be opening its gates to season ticket holders only on the 4 & 5 July and then welcoming back visitors from Monday 6 July. New daily capacity limits will be in place to ensure social distancing and provide the best possible visitor experience.
Whilst the country was in lockdown a team of workers stayed behind to look after the butterflies, birds, fish, plants, and other animals as well as maintaining the tropical conditions in which they live. The team have also created a beautiful Maya themed display to be revealed on re-opening.
Each morning the Farm is hosed down with water to maintain its 80% humidity. The temperature has been slightly lowered from its usual 26/27 degrees to 22 degrees, to help the butterflies conserve their energy. The butterflies feed from the nectar flowers as well as from feeders dotted around the Farm which contain a 10% sugar solution. Newly hatched butterflies from inside the emerging case will continue to be released into the Flight Area. Throughout the year there are over 250 different species of tropical butterfly sourced from 20 different countries and approximately 2,000 free flying individual butterflies.
Prudence, the Green Iguana which originates from South America, is fed her daily fruit, the birds are fed their seeds and the fish fed their pellets. The daily feeding and cleaning routines are also maintained for the spiders, leafcutter ants, snakes and all the other amazing creatures that live in Minibeast Metropolis.
Richard Read, the Horticulturist, has also busy tending to the range of beautiful tropical plants in the greenhouse which are used to populate the Farm. These include Bird of Paradise, Fig, Hibiscus, Canna, Tecoma, Queens Tears, Swiss Cheese Plants and Philodendron Red Emerald.
The Farm has a fascinating link to the rainforests of Belize and the ancient Maya civilisation. Throughout the Farm there are over 30 replicated ancient Maya artefacts. During the temporary closure the team have been using their creative skills to replicate a ‘Maya Temple Pyramid’, which will be revealed when the Farm re-opens.
Sarka Bohac, International Business Manager at the Farm has been working from home and maintaining contact with all their UK and European customers as well as the tropical rainforest farmers. The tropical butterfly farmers are the source of the butterflies, all of which belong to sustainable based enterprises that support the livelihoods of local communities.
Jane Kendrick, Marketing Manager at Stratford Butterfly Farm said, “We’re delighted to re-open and reveal all the changes we’ve made to improve the Farm including our new look reception and Maya display. Since lockdown we’ve had so many lovely messages of support from our customers and we can’t wait to welcome them back!”
There will be several safety measures in place within the Butterfly Farm & Gift Shop including screens in front of the till, hand sanitiser stations, social distancing reminders and markers, one-way entrance and exit, contactless payments encouraged and enhanced cleaning.
Advance tickets will be available to purchase from Tuesday 30 June by calling 01789 299288 or filling out the enquiry form on the website with your booking request. Visitors will need to refer to the website for more information regarding booking tickets.
For more information, please visit the website at www.butterflyfarm.co.uk or telephone on 01789 299288.