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Rebuilding work on the much-loved butterfly enclosure at Cumberland House is making good progress.
Though the museum reopened earlier this spring after renovation work, it did so without the butterfly house, which is going through a much larger development.
Now, with the steel frame having been built and installed, work is progressing well on the entirely new structure. It all means the butterfly house should start to take shape over the coming weeks.
With building work on the external structure progressing nicely, attention can turn to the internal re-fit, and what will be included within the rejuvenated enclosure.
As per the advice of wildlife experts, this new development will have the ideal atmosphere for butterflies to thrive - whilst also attracting some native species to the museum garden. There will be raised beds, specially chosen breeding plants and proper drainage. Additionally, to ensure a good visitor experience, there will be walkways around the enclosure and a central gathering space for people to take in the environment.
However, to deliver the ideal butterfly house for both visitors and wildlife alike, the museum needs to raise more than £40,000 in funds to supplement the council's £130,000 which has already been invested. Details on the crowdfunding project can be found here.