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The aim of the project is to raise awareness of the many local species of butterflies and moths especially those species identified in the local biodiversity action plan.

Sand Palace Arts ran workshops in June and July in 5 local schools. The workshops began with an introductory talk by Kiri Howells from the National Trust. Children then chose a butterfly or moth to make using willow and tissue paper.

Further workshops were held weekly during the summer holidays in Pembroke and Monkton for children and adults. During these workshops 4 giant and over 100 smaller butterflies and moths were made. The giant structures displayed represent the Silver Studded Blue, The Marsh Fritillary (both important local species) The Peacock and The Emperor Moth.

Just for comparison below is the genuine article!

All the work came together in a spectacular procession on the Commons, Pembroke as part of the towns’ festival accompanied by the lively sounds of ‘Wonderbrass’

The butterflies and moths will now form an exhibition to be toured to venues in Pembrokeshire.

The project was supported by Environment Wales and Awards for All Wales. With thanks to Pembroke 21c for the exhibition space, Bob Haycock from Countryside Council for Wales for use of images and advice, Kiri Howells from the National Trust, Pembrokeshire Lepidoptera and Butterfly Conservation Wales, Gwen Griffiths and Annie Haycock for photography and filming.

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