18 Friday, 10 July 2009 London Lite conservation project creates haven for butterflies... by motorway by georgina littlejohn On the steM25: David Bellamy in the sunflowers at Butterfly World, which will feature a biodome, inset Painted Lady Arrives from Africa and likes thistles and nettles. Wingspan of 90mm. Meadow Brown Found across the UK. Dull brown colour with orange markings. Wingspan of 50mm. Holly Blue Found in southern Britain and a frequent visitor to gardens. Wingspan of 36mm. Gatekeeper Also known as the hedge brown. Usually seen in July and August. Wingspan of up to 40mm. m25 petal power BRITAINS biggest wildflower meadow, covering 20 acres and containing tens of millions of plants, was opened today -- just yards from the M25. It is the first phase in a major conservation project called Butterf ly World, de s i g ne d t o s a f e g u a rd Londons waning population of the insects. It hosts 65 flower species from around the world, including Californian blue- bells, Mexican hats, poppies and lupins, to create a blaze of colour with 250,000 sun- flowers at its centre. The meadow, at Chiswell Green near St Albans, was created in 12 weeks. Over the next two years it will also be planted with British wildflow- ers. When the project is completed in 2011 it will fea- ture the biggest biodome in Britain, housing thousands of tropical butterflies. The scheme is backed by naturalist David Bellamy, who said: To have this incredible place so close to the capital is amazing. Growing up in London during the war, I remember wandering around picking wildflowers, which is something you just couldnt do now. Hopefully todays London children can come here and do the same. The meadow, which is surrounded by a butterfly carved into the chalk under the soil, a display so large it is visible from planes flying into Heathrow, is the brain- child of lepidopterist Clive Farrell. The insects that will live in the biodome will be bred at his butterfly farm in Belize, Central America, but the site will include smaller plots showing Londoners how to make their gardens more butterfly-friendly. Common Blue Usually found on verges and waste ground. Females have a brownish tint. Wingspan of up to 35mm. fancy flutterers index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html