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Opened to the public in 1994, The Butterfly House is a Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre located roughly a mile from the A57 in North Anston.

As well as being a great place to take children, the Butterfly House has a wealth of opportunities for photography too. As well as 35 different species of butterflies including the Glasswing (Greta Oto) and Owl (Caligo spp), the tropical House houses Bearded Dragons, Chameleons, Rat Snakes and Tarantulas.
The humid eco-system of the Tropical House will cause camera lenses to steam up almost immediately after entering the room so it is advisable to give the equipment time to adjust to the temperatures. (Roughly about 30 minutes). Then its is just a case of waiting for the butterflies to settle.

In the Bird of Prey Centre there are several different varieties of Owl, Hawk, Falcon and Vultures. The birds are unfortunately fenced off to prevent you from getting too close so remember to take your zoom lens. Just besides the Bird of Prey Centre is the Baby Animal Nursery, where there are ducklings, rabbits, rats, ferrets and Chinchillas. Some of the animals are in cages, but if you get in close enough you can cut out the fencing.

At Pets Corner there are farmyard animals such as Lambs, Cows, Goats, peacocks, turkeys and a Llama. Most of the animals are kept enclosed behind fences, and some, used to regular visitors, will come straight towards you when you approach.

Upon entry there is a schedule leaflet showing the special handling times throughout the days. During these times visitors are allowed to handle and feed the animals, which can give good opportunities for photographing. Be careful though, as recent laws state that you are not allowed to take photographs of children without prior consent from a parent.

Opening times
The entrance fee for Butterfly House is £6.99 per adult. Opening times are 10am until 4.30 from April – September and 11am – 4.30 during the rest of the year. Entrance fee is £6.99 per adult.

There is free on-site parking and a cafe and shop if you fancy a break .

Getting there
From the M1 take junction 31 and then A57 to Worksop. From there turn left at the junction signposted Dinnington. Turn right onto Woodsetts road and Butterfly House is on the left.

Tropical Butterly House
Wildlife and Falconry Centre
Hungerhill Farm
Woodsetts Road
North Anston
SheffieldS25 4EQ
Tel: 01909 569416

More information
For more information visit http://www.butterflyhouse.co.uk.

Butterfly House, North Anston Images

Just one of the species of Lizards in the Tropical House. Because of the hight temperatures you will need to give your camera time to adjust to prevent the lenses steaming up.
There are many different kinds of Butterflies in the Tropical House. Again, you will need to give your camera time to adjust.
Provided you are careful, you can take the birds from the pen in the Baby Animal Nursery and place them on the side. Failing that, you can always bend over the edge to get some good close ups.
The lambs are unfortunately kept behind a fence, but photographs can be taken either over the fence, like this one, or through the gaps.
As I was pushed for time, I didn\'t have chance to wait around, but, if you wait until the birds fly away from the side of the cage you can get in closer and eliminate the cage wire from your shot.
Butterfly House has one Peacock, which is roaming around freely. At this point, the bird was perched on the fence, but stay long enough and you might be treated to it fanning its feathers out.

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