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Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre hosts Onny Meadows Butterfly Survey – 30th July 1-3pm

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre hosts Onny Meadows Butterfly Survey – 30th July 1-3pm

This Saturday 30th July, the 30 acre Onny Meadows surrounding Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre will play host to The Big Butterfly Count here in our lovely meadows.

Richard Fox (Head of Butterfly Recordings, Butterfly Conservation) said ‘The Big Butterfly Count is sponsored by Waitrose and John Lewis and is now in its seventh year. The survey is the largest of its kind in the world and it helps Butterfly Conservation find out how the UK’s common species are faring and how to best protect them in the future. More than 50,000 people took part last year, counting around 600,000 butterflies. The information we receive from this survey is vitally important because more than three-quarters of the UK’s butterflies have declined in the last 40 years, with some common species, such as the Small Tortoiseshell, suffering significant slumps’.

Help us get as many people as possible for our own Onny Meadows butterfly count. Please check out www.butterfly-conservation.org/onny for more information on this amazing event.To book please contact Rhona Goddard Tel: 01746 762364 or email Rhona at: rgoddard@butterfly-conservation.org This event is organised in partnership with 2 charities: Grow Cook Learn who run the Discovery Centre, and Butterfly Conservation.

The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre offers an extensive programme of family events, adult courses and a variety of activities for the whole family. The unique grass roofed building houses a replica of the famous mammoth skeleton found in Shropshire. The café serves delicious home-cooked food and an extensive shop selling a range of quirky gifts. Every half term and summer holiday the visitor attraction provides hands-on family activities.

For further details call 01588 676060 or visit the website: www.shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk

Date Posted: 29th July 2016


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