New Ferry Butterfly Park Open Day Success

Over 850 people visited New Ferry Butterfly Park Open Day on the sunny bank holiday Monday. The glorious warm weather meant there was a record-breaking number of butterflies on the wing for visitors to enjoy. The annual open day marks the start of the nature reserve being open every Sunday afternoon until September.
New Ferry Butterfly Park Open Day 2018 c. Hilary Ash

New Ferry Butterfly Park Open Day 2018 c. Hilary Ash

During the event Pam Brown MBE, Her Majesty’s Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside unveiled a new interactive educational welcome board.

“The new welcome board has all the popular elements such as secret doors, the creepy crawly bucket and the newt pond, but also has some new features including a bee jigsaw which encourages visitors to find out more about these important pollinators,” explained Paul Loughnane, Honorary Reserve Manager at New Ferry Butterfly Park. “There are lots of new facts to learn about the insects in the park and an important message about recycling and not leaving rubbish lying around.”

The board was designed and painted by artist Pamela Sullivan, with thanks to Graham Smillie and Frank Moore who helped build some of the more technical elements and install it.

“An earlier version of this welcome board was created by Pam in 2013,” said Paul. “It was a great focus for many of the beaver and cubs groups who have visited the park in the last five years, but it was starting to show its wear. This new improved version has even more interactive components and is more robust and weather proof. It was clear to see at the open day that the new board was a great hit with children and adults.”

The open day also featured a BBQ, maypole dancing, local artists demonstrating their talents and a number of stalls selling cakes, smoothies, and crafts with others offering information on honeybees and spiders.

The park is free to visit and is open every Sunday afternoon midday - 4pm until the 9th September.