Spot butterflies in the Dales

Summer wouldn’t be the same without the sight of butterflies visiting our gardens and countryside in the search for nectar. Learn more about these lovely insects and how to identify them at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s workshop with experts from Butterfly Conservation.

The workshop is based at the Whistlestop Centre in Matlock Bath on Sunday 14th July. After a session being taught the basics of butterfly identification, there will be a guided walk around Rose End Meadows Nature Reserve at Cromford to find and identify butterflies. The reserve is a Coronation Meadow, one of 60 identified as part of an initiative by HRH Prince Charles to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation. The reserve is made up of a series of small, individual meadows which have never been treated with artificial fertilisers or pesticides. A variety of wildflowers grow here, including orchids, and these in turn attract many invertebrates including butterflies.

The workshop runs from 10.30am to 3pm and costs £10 per person. It is suitable for adults and supervised children aged 12 and above. Booking is essential as numbers are limited. To book contact Derbyshire Wildlife Trust on 01773 881188.