Blenheim Palace reopens Butterfly House

Date Posted: 25/04/2014

Blenheim Palace's Butterfly House in Oxfordshire has re-opened its doors to school groups following a £100,000 renovation project.

The new house will feature dozens of exotic butterfly species from Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines.

As well as creating an entirely new structure to house the collection, the renovation programme has also increased the overall size of the butterfly area, and doubled the size of the water feature.

School trip organisers arranging a trip to Blenheim can now see a whole new hatchery area where pupae develop within their chrysalises before being released in to the main area.

A wide variety of nectar-rich flowers have also been planted, including marguerite, black eyed Susan's, hydrangea and hibiscus. There are also sugar bowls and fruit from which the butterflies can feed.

Head of gardens at Blenheim, Hilary Wood, said: “The work has allowed us to improve the overall visitor experience while also developing and adding to the existing facilities for the butterflies.”

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