Butterfly Spotter Guide

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Our Outdoor Learning team have created some handy Butterfly ID guides so you can keep track of what species you spot in the parks this summer.

There are two different guides, one for July and one for August, which feature butterfly species you are most likely to spot at those times of year.

Help contribute to nature by recording your findings and submitting them for this year's Big Butterfly Count which takes place from Friday 17 July to Sunday 9 August. This UK-wide survey helps to assess the health of our environment from the amount and type of butterflies (and some day-flying moths) recorded.

Find out more and add your counts to the Big Butterfly Count website here.


Discover our parks

  • Howe Park Wood

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    Howe Park is probably the woodland mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086. Parts of it may be rare surviving fragments of the 'wildwood' that covered the whole of lowland Britain after the last Ice Age, 6-11,000 years ago.

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    There is a Café at Howe Park Wood ran by Grounds. The café is operating a takeaway only service until further notice.

  • Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve

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    Set within Ouse Valley Park, the Floodplain Forest is the newest nature reserve in Milton Keynes and the most impressive wildlife habitat creation scheme in the city’s history.

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    There are no refreshment facilities at this location.

  • Stonepit Field

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    Stonepit Field is the location for many events including wildflower walks and fossil hunts. It is also a great place for dog walking.

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    Refreshments are available from the nearby Black Horse pub.

  • Lodge Lake

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    Lodge Lake is one of the city's ‘on-line’ balancing lakes. It was created in 1981 by building a dam across the Loughton Brook. This holds back water as flow rates in the brook increase, helping to prevent flooding in downstream areas. The lake is perfect for a short outing - a gentle walk around the lake edge takes about 30 minutes - with plenty of interest on and off the water year-round.

    Refreshments
    None on site; the nearest shops are located in Great Holm about five minutes’ walk to the west. A Chinese restaurant, the Kam Tong Garden, overlooks the lake.

  • Check out our Butterfly Identification Colouring Sheet
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  • Nature inspired activities which you can do at home or in your local parks.
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