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join the big butterfly count!

Exbury Gardens houses a fantastic array of butterflies in their natural habitats which is why we're taking part in the Big Butterfly Count this year. 


Butterflies react very quickly to changes in climate and this nationwide survey is helping to assess the health of our environment.


Simply pick up your identification chart free of charge from Exbury's Visitor Entrance and count butterflies for 15 minutes during bright weather on any single day between 20th July - 12th August. Then once you get home, just upload your results to the Big Butterfly Count official website. Or alternatively, you can hand in your identification sheet to a staff member at our Visitor Entrance and we will upload the results for you.

Nick Baker introduces the big butterfly count:

For more information on the Big Butterfly Count check out the official website.

‘A truly fantastic day out. My wife and I were bowled over by the amazing spring colours of rhododendrons and azaleas and there was literally colour everywhere. There are beautiful areas to walk through as well as places to sit. We took a picnic in the hope of being able to sit by one of the ponds and were not disappointed – the reflections were as spectacular as the real thing! The next thing we want to do is return in the autumn to see the colours change as it must be beautiful’

David Parker, Christchurch

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