Take part in an egg hunt with a difference

Brown Hairstreak butterfly
Brown Hairstreak butterfly

Families can take part in an egg hunt with a difference during the Easter holidays.

The Upper Thames Branch of wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation is holding a Butterfly Egg Hunt at Otmoor RSPB Reserve, near Oxford.

On Friday, April 10, families will be shown how to find the eggs of the rare Brown Hairstreak butterfly, and small prizes will be given to children who manage to find at least three eggs each.

The largest and brightest of our five native hairstreaks, the Brown Hairstreak has disappeared from many regions of the UK, but Oxfordshire is still a stronghold.

Adult Brown Hairstreaks spend most of their lives high up in treetops, with the females only descending to feed and lay tiny white eggs.

These are what the children will be looking for and every child is being asked to bring their own magnifying glass.

The event is from 2.30pm to 4.30pm and numbers are limited. Email wendy_wilson418@o2.co.uk to book your free place and get directions on where to go.