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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.

‘We recently had some friends from London to visit and were looking for something to entertain our young children for the day. We decided to give Exbury Gardens a try and I thought it was wonderful. We had Sunday lunch in the restaurant and the food was far superior to other local attractions so compliments to the chef. Walking through the gardens was beautiful with lots of little pathways to explore. I have lived in the Romsey area for many years and always thought Exbury was a little out of the way but it only took me 20 minutes from the motorway. We will definitely be a regular visitor from now on.’

Philip Moulds, New Forest

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