Earnley Butterflies

To me this is ranks as one of the best tropical butterfly (and birds) houses in the south. We did Earnley butterflies last year in March and to be frank it was disappointing. Bushes in  the hot house had been severely pruned and the temperatures were low. Consequently there were a few butterflies but decent backdrops were scarce.

So this year we will visit a month on, should be good and believe me, when it is good, its good. If you see what I mean .....

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There are lots of tropical butterflies in a hothouse, tropical birds next door (watch out for the very friendly green parrot!) along with various animals and reptiles. From a piccy point of view the butterflies are excellent. The birds are good too but decent shots with uncluttered backgrounds are not easy, and the animals and reptiles are worth a shot or two as well ....... but the flippy flappy things are what you come here for and they are good.

 

The places on this one are limited because of the size of the hothouse, I wouldn’t want to feel responsible for loads of photographers getting in the way of Joe public (although the opposite is more likely to be the case!).

For more information try

http://www.earnleybutterfliesandgardens.co.uk/prices.htm



 

On the way back there is the Pizza pasta pub, on the way back from Earnley towards Chichester in Apuldram. I'll book places there when I know numbers more precisely for around 1pm. Website is http://www.thepizzapastapub.co.uk/ and postcode is PO20 7EH

Meet 9.50 am in the car park, we will be going in at 10am which is the opening time. This will give us enough time with the butterflies to ourselves before the public start wandering in around 11 ish. At that time we can move on to the birds or the animals and reptiles. Postcode for the park is PO20 7JR.

Mobby as always is[masked] BUT be aware that Earnley can be a mobile deadspot,

Tips

For the bridges/compacts, be sure to find out if your camera has a 'macro' setting (usually has a little flower icon, and allows you to get close to what you are taking a piccy of) and learn how to use it before arriving!

It is very hot and humid in the hothouse - wear light clothing or at least stuff you can 'layer off'. On the other hand the birds are outside, so bring something to put on - you can’t win with this one and be prepared to take clothes on and off ...........

The other real good tip is to make sure your camera and lenses are warm when they go in - this will avoid humid air condensing onto your lenses and creating a lovely soft mist image....... If you do get condensation, no worries, it just means you have to wait 10 minutes for the camera to reach the same temperature as the hothouse.

Costs are £9 entry, if you print off a page from their website it entitles you to a £1 reduction.

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  • Jason G.

    Great day, with some great shots taken. Cheers for this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    April 28

  • Robert

    Great day

    April 27

  • Whendie

    It was so good we stayed for the afternoon as well as the morning !!!

    1 · April 26

  • andy b.

    Hi Sophie +1, I hope everything is well with you? Andy :)

    April 26

  • Jim W.

    Thanks everyone for a nice morning at a great place to capture some colourful snaps!

    April 26

  • Jim W.

    A heads up that circumstances may mean that I have to drop out with late notice. A warning light has illuminated in my car and it's going to be looked at tomorrow. If they need to keep it over the weekend, I'll have no choice but to cancel.... I'll post a further update after initial diagnosis. which will be by mid-morning tomorrow.

    April 24

    • Jim W.

      Happy to report that I will be able to drive myself. Thanks for the offers of lifts though.

      April 25

    • andy b.

      :)

      April 25

  • Sharon V.

    I'm sorry, Money issues prevent me and my partner from attending now :(

    1 · April 25

  • Ania S.

    Will anyone go from Southampton? I think that on a bike it may be a long journey for me :)

    April 24

    • Ania S.

      Perfect :) thank you!

      1 · April 24

    • Mark

      Cheers Andy. Ania, here's my mobile number so we can organise the lift on Saturday. [masked] See you all Saturday :-)

      1 · April 24

  • Whendie

    Andy... Am I driving you for this one as Witterings was cancelled?

    April 20

    • andy b.

      Hi Whendie, many thanks for the offer, but for this one Im on my own - I may well go back to Earnley after noshing to say hello to the newbies in the afternoon shift and to lend some moral support. Really appreciate the offer though x

      April 20

    • Whendie

      In that case anyone else want to car share?

      1 · April 20

  • riaan

    Hi guys
    Anyone here live in or near Hamble?

    April 20

  • DebbieD

    Sorry Andy & others but I now cant join you for this as my parents are now coming down to stay. I was also booked for lunch, sorry Andy :(

    April 15

    • andy b.

      Hey, no worries, family comes first! :)

      April 15

  • andy b.

    Hi All, lunch has been booked for 12 people at 1pm at the pizza pasta pub. That's spaces for me, Rob, Sarah B, Amanda, Ethan, Debbie, David K, Keith, Sue V, Whendie, Claire and Jim :)

    April 10

  • Jo

    Sorry have to pull out of this one as tennis match intervenes. Have a good meet up. Look forward to seeing the pictures.

    April 4

    • Robert

      David, its Andys loss, and by the way, i will be playing next week in Spain, with my daughter driving the buggy, the fustration will dissapear as i will be in the sun ;-)

      April 8

    • andy b.

      Well! I was just on the verge of feeling a twang of uncharacteristic guilt ..... Hey Rob, have a good one, :)

      April 8

  • Mark

    I'm afraid I'm going to have to pull out as I'll have to work on Saturday. Hope you'll all have a great time :-)

    April 3

    • andy b.

      No worries, Mark, see you next time :)

      April 3

  • andy b.

    Right. Lots of jiggery pokery has been done and there are now two events for the Butterflies, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, hosted by David Kidd. We will all meet for lunch at the Pizza Pasta pub at 1pm for a social.

    Indicate here if you would like lunch please.

    Andy :)

    March 12

  • andy b.

    Any more for any more? Lunch that is. So far I have eight people noshing; Me, Rob, Sarah B, Amanda and Ethan, Debbie, David K, Keith.

    April 2

  • Amanda

    .... and the gold award for organisational skills extraordinaire goes to 'Mr Andy (Weird Fish) Bracey' cue huge round of applause and we're not worthys........

    2 · March 12

    • andy b.

      Well thank you! I was just in the process of trying to hit the like button half a dozen times but Meetup thinks I should be more modest - they only allow it once .... :)

      1 · March 12

  • andy b.

    Also if you want to swap shifts, then agree it with someone in the other shift and let me know who I am to swap you with. Andy :)

    March 12

  • Teresa

    Sorry just realised I've double booked myself so will cancel my place on this particular meetup and release it for someone else to attend. Have a great day!

    March 11

    • andy b.

      Oh no! Ah well and see you next time :)

      March 11

  • Amanda

    missed the notification again :-(

    March 11

    • Amanda

      Ok Andy, I'm getting other notifications and I'm set up to receive all of them, just not for new events. Was just by chance that I logged in when I did, so I will contact meetup and ask if this is a known issue x

      1 · March 11

    • andy b.

      There's probably a flag set at the server level which does not reflect your settings. That's the best bet, and if it that turns out to be the issue its an easy one for the dba to fix. Fingers crossed eh? Andy :)

      March 11

  • andy b.

    Hi All, don't be tooooo hard on the meetup software, I only posted the event this morning and about 30 mns before you guys, er, didn't find it as it were.

    Anyways, if there is enough interest (and I see that there is!) Ill do an afternoon shift after lunch on the same day.

    Watch this space

    Andy :)

    2 · March 11

    • andy b.

      Sharon, hold on and Ill sort this out in due course :)

      March 11

    • Stuart

      Me and Elizabeth also happy to go in the afternoon.

      March 11

  • Whendie

    I didn't get the notification on this one and only found it when I was posting on another....shame as would have signed up for my first outing on returning to the UK. :(

    March 11

    • andy b.

      Whendie, assume you are on the event but for a second shift in the afternoon! Andy :)

      March 11

    • Whendie

      Yabba dabba do - x

      1 · March 11

  • Sarah B

    I didn't get the notification either and love this place..... I went on the first trip here with the group in its infancy... Really hope I get a space as this is one I CAN actually manage! lol!

    2 · March 11

    • Frances V.

      Everyone was very quick! Only just checked emails (too late!) and it had come through about 4hrs ago.

      March 11

    • andy b.

      Frances, put yourself on the waitlist asap!!! (read the messages here for an explanation :)

      March 11

  • Sharon V.

    Butterflies are my absolute favourite. Will not miss this one for the world.

    1 · March 11

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