Butterflies in brum

The worlds most beautiful butterflies have landed in Birmingham.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens is set to open its Butterfly House from Saturday 24th May and everyday throughout the summer season. The only dedicated glasshouse in the city will be filled with many species of tropical butterflies native to Central America and Africa and visitors can get up close and personal even watching these beautiful creatures emerge from their chrysalis.

As well as the Butterfly House to explore, there will be a number of other intriguing creatures to enjoy forming part of the Birds, Bees and Butterflies event on Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 May. An ideal half term treat, the event will have themed activities, a pollinator trail, a bird themed quiz and the chance for children to plant sunflower seeds.

James Wheeler, chief executive of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens said: “Birds, bees and butterflies provide the perfect example of when we cooperate and work together, life is better! It’s very simple but incredibly clever. We all need each other to survive. Bees and butterflies need plants for food, plants need bees and butterflies for pollination and birds distribute their seeds after eating their fruits for more plants to grow. If they weren’t around it would severely affect what food we could eat and what plants grow. So we really need to welcome them into our gardens as great friends and we’ll be showing visitors how we can all do just that at the event.”

The Butterfly House will be open during the regular Birmingham Botanical Gardens opening times of 10am – 6pm on weekdays and 10am – 7pm on weekends. Birds, Bees and Butterflies will be open from 11am-3pm.

For more information visit www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk