The park is
an urban nature reserve developed on a former railway coal yard, goods
yard & water softening plant. It was established in late 1993 by Mel
Roberts, with a band of local community volunteers who continue to look
after the park since his death in 2002.
of mini-beast thrive here, including butterflies, moths, shield bugs,
grasshoppers, snails, spiders, bees and a variety of pond life. The
southern half of the Park has wheelchair-accessible paths. There is
limited car parking available within the Park.
The park can be found next to Bebington Railway Station, and is accessed
off Howell Road, to the side of the Aldi car park. It is open on Sunday
afternoons, 2-4pm from May to August. From September to April it only
opens every 2nd Sunday of the month, 10am-4pm. The winter openings are
also practical work-days when you are welcome to come along for some
free exercise helping to maintain the park for wildlife. The park is
wardened whenever it is open.
The park is run by a committee of local people, backed by the Cheshire
Wildlife Trust. New members to the committee and recruits to the
wardening team are always welcome.
Find out more
simply come along when the park is open and talk to the volunteers
You can download a
colour information leaflet about the Butterfly Park and the
wildlife that can be sometimes found living in it. (Please be
aware the file is 3mb, so dial-up users will take some time to complete
2009 it was announced that the landowner, Brock plc, wanted to sell it
and had ordered Cheshire Wildlife Trust to quit by the end of January
2010. However, on 14th January, Wirral Borough Council resolved to
issue a Compulsory Purchase Order against Brock plc to sell the site to
them so that the park can be preserved for future generations. The CPO
will be progressed through 2010.
For further information, contact Paul
Loughnane on 0151 645 8937 or Hilary
Ash on 0151 327 5923.
photos of the Butterfly Park on flickr at
and particularly during
Butterfly Park also has an artist in residence. Carol Ramsay has
been working alongside the Butterfly Park team since 2010. Since
that time, a sculpture trail has been built in the park, and a number of
highly successful events and open days have been held. Read about
it all in Carol's book below.
You can now
visit New Ferry Butterfly Park on Facebook.
visit the Butterfly Park website.
SEE THE BUTTERFLY PARK'S EVENT DURING 2014 ON THE
EVENTS & MEETINGS PAGE
The mayor and
mayoress unveiling the new secret sign at the butterfly park.
Paul Ashton refills the pond after its reconstruction in
the colour information leaflet