?Nature for All? is a Swindon Services Ranger Team project, established to designate suitable areas as Local Nature Reserves (LNR), enhance the wildlife on these sites and encourage community interest.
Barbury Castle was designated Swindon?s fourth LNR in June 2004 and to celebrate this fact, ?Nature for All? and Bill Cox from ?Artsite? visual artists have established an 800 foot butterfly shaped grass cut maze in the centre of the hillfort at Barbury Castle.
Spiritually the butterfly is a symbol of renewal, rebirth and rededication which represents nicely the importance of Barbury Castle for butterflies, as it is home to 28 species, half the total population recorded in the UK, including the Marsh Fritillary, Grayling and Dingy Skipper.
The maze design gently meanders through the meadow taking the participant on a journey lasting about 45 minutes.
?Nature for All? was launched in September 2003 with the designation of Stanton Park and since then has almost tripled the number of LNR?s in the Borough from two to five, with plans to designate further sites.
For more information on this event please contact Swindon Council Ranger Service on 01793 490150.
?Nature for All? is sponsored by English Nature and the Big Lottery.