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Join free guided walk and discover rich butterfly life in Dagenham park

PUBLISHED: 08:30 24 May 2013

A small copper butterfly

A small copper butterfly

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There’s a chance to learn about the rich variety of beautiful butterflies in Dagenham’s newest park at an up-coming guided walk.

A yellow belle butterflyA yellow belle butterfly

Butterfly expert Robert Smith will be pointing out some of the many species living in Beam Parklands, as he taking visitors on a leisurely stroll through the grounds on Saturday June 1.

He’ll talk about the creatures’ life cycles, their mannerisms and some of the plants that their caterpillars feed upon.

Beam Parklands, which opened as a park in 2011, has been purposely planted with vegetation that attracts invertebrates and is now a haven for butterflies.

Among the species visitors may see on the walk are the small copper, common blue and thegreen hairstreak.

“The Green Hairstreak is a small but beautiful butterfly that always rests with its wings closed and is therefore difficult to see amongst the foilage,” explained Rob.

“It has probably colonised the park from nearby Ingrebourne Valley and is a lovely species to have in such an urban location as Dagenham.”

Rob said butterflies and moths are under threat across the UK as their habitats are increasingly taken over by developers and farmers, but habitat creation schemes such as the one at Beam Parklands are making a difference.

The walk is open to people of all ages and is free. Meet at the Millenium Centre in Eastbrookend Country Park at 10am or on the bridge at Oval Road North, Dagenham at 10.30am.

For more information call 020 8227 2332.


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