Butterflies Are A National Treasure

As the Big Butterfly Count returns, the National Trust suggests some brilliant sites where you can take part.

NT Charlecote thumbnailCharlecote, Warwickshire
Charlecote Park is home to beautiful gardens and ‘Capability’ Brown parkland. Rich in wildlife, Charlecote is the perfect place for almost guaranteed butterfly sightings. Look out for striking scarlet and black Red Admirals and Peacocks and the Large Skipper.


Cragside thumbnailCragside, Northumberland
Cragside boasts over 1,000 acres, 40 miles of footpaths, four lakes and plenty of gardens. Look out for Small Tortoiseshells, Red Admirals and Painted Ladies.



Dyffryn thumbnailDyffryn Gardens, Wales
The enchanting Dyffryn Gardens, covering more than 55 acres, are teeming with wildlife. Look out for Small Tortoiseshells and Peacocks.



Rowallane thumbnailRowallane, County Down
Rowallane garden is one of the most beautiful in Northern Ireland and the perfect place to enjoy unusual plants and colours. Look out for the Comma butterfly which has made a comeback in the UK, with a stronghold in Northern Ireland, particularly at Rowallane Garden.


Sheringham thumbnailSheringham Park, Norfolk
Sheringham Park’s wildflower and sensory garden, rhododendron garden, parkland and the coast and cliff-top provide the perfect habitat for butterflies. Look out for familiar species like the Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell and the Large White. There’s also the chance to spot Purple Hairstreak, Common Blue, Painted Ladies and Clouded Yellows.


Sheffield Park thumbnailSheffield Park and Garden, East Sussex
The colourful garden and parkland at Sheffield Park are fantastic havens for numerous butterflies.
Look out for hundreds of Meadow Browns across the parkland, Peacocks in the Ringwood Toll copse, Commas in East Park and Clouded Yellows.


Sizeburgh thumbnailSizergh, Cumbria
During the summer months, the estate surrounding Sizergh Castle is awash with magnificent wildflowers, bees and butterflies.
Look out for a diverse range of fritillary butterflies. Countryfile has named Sizergh as one of the best places to photograph them.

National Trust’s Matthew Oates said:  “A plague of Peacock butterflies is about to emerge in many districts and we’re expecting to see a lot more easily identifiable Small Tortoiseshell in our gardens this Big Butterfly Count season. It will be great to find out which of our gardens hold the most!"