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 .....
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!).
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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,
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.