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London — By Andrea Kirkby on August 12, 2009 at 8:14 am
Filed under: butterfly world, m25, wildflower meadow, wildflowers

The M25 – an unexpected wildlife haven

Motorways are sometimes surprisingly good news for wildlife. You’ll often see kestrels hovering close to a motorway – the verges provide a marvellous place for them to spot their prey.

Now the M25 has become an unlikely ‘green’ hero. Near St Albans, at the village of Chiswell Green, a huge expanse of land has been planted with meadow flowers to create a butterfly haven.

It’s the first step in plans for Butterfly World, which will later expand to include a biodome where different varieties of butterflies will be seen.

If you’re flying into London (or out of London) soon, look out for the multicoloured meadow – I’ve been told it’s big enough to be seen from a plane (though there’s no sign of it on google maps’ aerial view).

Currently, there’s also a Future Gardens exhibit which is now open to visit, with a number of designer gardens. But the Butterfly Dome won’t be complete till May 2012. It sounds as if it could be one of the most exciting new tourist destinations near London – an equivalent of the Eden Project.

For the time being, though, the butterflies and other insects will be heading for the wildflowers of the M25.

Photo by Jason Rogers on flickr

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