A few years ago Paradise Park developed a butterfly and bee garden. It is proving very popular with native wildlife and with our visitors!
The nectar-rich flowers and sunshine have attracted some lovely butterflies (dodging the occasional showers).
The Peacock butterfly and Painted Lady
We have seen Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, and we were not quick enough to photograph the Comma – first time we saw it was summer 2015. We take part in the ‘Big Butterfly Count’ which runs July/August each year (for dates please see their website).
Red Admiral butterfly and a Leaf Cutting Bee
Other visitors to the Park in 2018
LEFT: We believe this is a Scarce Chaser Dragonfly. But if you have any other info please do email us firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know – Thank you 🙂
RIGHT: The Keepers found this amazing Privet Moth inside a macaw aviary. We put it in a shady area near our butterfly garden, also recording it on ORKS.org.uk
We have some information to hand that you can use to help identify what you see. If you capture any photographs, we would love to see them. You can post them to us on our Facebook page or Twitter page.
There is also plenty of other native wildlife to spot while you explore the grounds of the Park.
Head Gardener Mike Kemp putting out nest boxes and a Blue Tit taking advantage of a nest box in the Park.
A Blackbird bathing and a Sparrow on our terrace of nest boxes
A Humming-bird Hawk-moth and one of the many bees enjoying the Bee Garden.
Elephant hawkmoth caterpillar and a Green hawkmoth caterpillar.
Cornwall Butterfly and Moth Society
CBMS is a registered charity formed by some of Cornwall’s most knowledgeable butterfly and moth enthusiasts to manage conservation sites, carry out breeding studies and help preserve some of Cornwall’s most threatened wildlife. For more information please click here.
Cornwall Wildlife Trust