butterflies have taken up residence at Terra Botanica Park

butterflies have taken up residence at Terra Botanica Park
butterflies have taken up residence at Terra Botanica Park

May 2, 2024 at 4:06 p.m. – Modified: May 2, 2024 at 9:30 p.m. by Elouen ROUCHY

Butterfly Gallery

The Terra Botanica plant park reopened to the public at the beginning of April, near Angers (49). A month later, it offers one of the new 2024 features: the Butterfly Gallery. A space in which around thirty regional species evolve. This gallery is in addition to the existing exotic butterfly greenhouse.

There’s something new at Terra Botanica. The Angevin plant park opened its Butterfly Gallery yesterday (Thursday May 1st). A 300 m2 space which brings together around thirty regional species, which evolve freely in a natural environment.

Butterflies to find in Pays de la Loire

However, the park already had an exotic butterfly greenhouse. So what’s the difference? For Alain Baumont, in charge of butterflies at Terra Botanica, “the fundamental difference is that in the tropical greenhouse there are tropical butterflies. Here, we will present French butterflies and more particularly butterflies that we find in the Pays de la Loire. We established a list of butterflies in conjunction with the Conservatory of Natural Spaces of Pays de la Loire, to see which species were naturally present and easily observable in our region, to present butterflies that our visitors can easily find and observe in their garden, in the countryside or on their balcony around their home.

Butterfly Gallery – Credit: Elouen Rouchy

Alain Baumont
Alain Baumont

Credit : Elouen Rouchy

“The life of butterflies and the urban environment are two things… easily reconciled.”

With these butterflies exclusively from the Pays de la Loire, the objective is to show visitors how to bring the little birds to or from their garden, but not everyone is lucky enough to have a garden. Fortunately, it is possible to do this from your balcony or terrace. “It’s doable and that’s also the point of the approach. We also talk a lot about vegetation corridors and we can also talk about flowering corridors for butterflies. In cities… if you bring in host plants, it might be a little complicated, but at least flowering plants can allow butterflies in an urban environment to find food from one point to another and to move from one balcony to another. The life of butterflies and the urban environment are two things that are easily reconciled.”

Alain Baumont
Alain Baumont

Credit : Elouen Rouchy

“The role of the gardener is also to leave spontaneous vegetation a little in his garden to let biodiversity take hold.”

This novelty is fully in line with the desire to raise awareness among the general public about the environment and its preservation. “VS’East clearly an objective of this space: present visitors with simple actions to take in the garden. Landscaping practices in recent years have tended to sanitize private gardens. and we wanted to put the garden back at the center of it all.

The role of the gardener is also to leave spontaneous vegetation a little in his garden to allow biodiversity to take hold; to bring flowers, elements that will reproduce the natural conditions of a natural space… We favored this type of mulch rather than mineral mulch for example.”

Alain Baumont
Alain Baumont

Credit : Elouen Rouchy

Butterfly Gallery

Although the Butterfly Gallery opened on May 1st, the birds are still remaining discreet for the moment. They wait for the return of heat to emerge from their chrysalises.

Last year, 554,000 visitors came to the park, a figure up 15% compared to 2022.

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