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Forest of Flowers

Butterfly Spotting and Identification

Local expert Nick Hall leads an afternoon looking at native UK butterflies and observing them in the Forest of Flowers habitat during their peak season.

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Butterfly Spotting and Identification
Butterfly Spotting and Identification

Time & Location

Jul 24, 2022, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Forest of Flowers, Home Farm, Tollerton Road, York YO61 1JB, UK

About the event

Butterfly Spotting and Identification

Join us as we explore the Forest of Flowers nature reserve at peak butterfly season, with the help of our expert guide, Nick Hall.


The Forest of Flowers nature reserve is home to a large number of butterflies. In 2021, it had the most butterfly sightings of all sites surveyed in Yorkshire - over 3,100 butterflies were recorded of 19 different species.

At this time of year, we expect to see a wide range of species, including: 

  • Ringlet
  • Meadow brown
  • Small skipper
  • Gatekeeper
  • Burnet moth

We will look at:

  • The butterfly species present at the Forest of Flowers 
  • Identification tips, including looking at behaviour, flight patterns and appearance
  • Types of butterfly habitats - host and food plant species, and how to support butterflies in your area

After an initial talk, our guided tour will let you experience our butterflies in their natural habitat and develop your skills for identifying them elsewhere.

Moth Trapping 

We hope to set up a moth trap the night before the event. As a group we can then open the trap together to discover the various moth species living on the Forest of Flowers reserve. In 2021, we spotted a Scarlet Tiger moth - only the 3rd sighting ever in North Yorkshire!

Refreshments will be provided after the walk.

Please note: 

  • Our walk will be approximately 2-3 miles through flat but uneven terrain -  we recommend sturdy/waterproof footwear such as walking boots.
  • Butterfly activity is weather-dependant as they prefer warm, sunny days. 

About Forest of Flowers

The Forest of Flowers project has created 74 acres of new woodland and wildflower meadows, with the sole aim to provide a thriving natural sanctuary for wildlife.

The land, previously a mixed arable and sheep farm, was re-purposed in 2016 when over 42,000 trees and shrubs were planted, alongside 35 native wildflower species. This is part of a vision to create a thriving ecosystem to benefit pollinators, birds and a diverse range of native wildlife. The project also supports:

  • Carbon capture to reduce the effects of climate change.
  • Prevention of flooding in the local area.
  • UK wildflower population, providing seeds from the meadows to other sites nationwide.

All ticket sales will support our conservation work here on the Forest of Flowers nature reserve. Thank you!

Tickets are limited and booking is essential.


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