Stratford Butterfly Farm has released 22 Phantasmal Poison Frogs and several Parrot Finches to add to their display in the Flight Area in time for the May half term. The Frogs, also known as Epipedodates tricolour, are a species of Poison Dart Frog which has a current International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) classification of vulnerable and decreasing. They originate from Ecuador and are vibrantly coloured with stripes of green or yellow. In their native environment they are extremely toxic which is created by their diet. However, at the Butterfly Farm they are fed a special diet, so they do not create toxins and are completely harmless to visitors.
May Half Term activities
From 28 May – 1 June, the Butterfly Farm will host its popular Meet the Mini-Beast handling sessions. There will also be daily Snake demonstrations and Butterfly & Beetle Life Cycle demonstrations. Visitors can hold creatures such as an African Land snail, Madagascan Hissing Cockroach, and a variety of Stick Insects. Beetle demonstrations will show visitors the complete life cycle of a beetle. The snake demonstrations will allow visitors to have a close look at the resident Rhinoceros rat snake or Mexican black kingsnake and to find out all about these fascinating animals. Please note the sessions are subject to availability and are not available on bank holidays.
National Insect Week
Stratford Butterfly Farm will also be involved in National Insect Week which runs from 20 -26 June and is organised by The Royal Entomological Society to encourage people of all ages to learn more about insects. During Insect Week visitors can take part in daily demonstrations on insects, their lifecycle, and their habitats. Demonstrations will take place each afternoon in the Discovery Zone between 1:30pm and 2:30pm from 20 – 25 June. More information can be found on the website. Normal admission applies.
Jane Kendrick, Marketing Manager at Stratford Butterfly Farm said, “We have so much to see and do over the May half term. The Frogs and Finches are both striking in colour and really add to our display. The Frogs make a beautiful chirping sound and call to each other, listen carefully and you will hear them. National Insect Week is also a great opportunity to discover how amazing and important insects are and why we need to conserve and protect them.”
Tickets available online
We recommend that you book tickets online to guarantee entry during half term. The Butterfly Farm recommends reading the ‘Information’ section of the website to help plan a visit. For more details on timings, please visit the events page of the website.
To see hundreds of spectacular butterflies, insects, reptiles, and spiders visit the Butterfly Farm from 10am to 6:00pm, last entry 5:30pm. Open every day of the week except Christmas Day. For more information including admission prices and group rates, please visit the website at www.butterflyfarm.co.uk or telephone on 01789 299288.