Butterfly populations are rapidly disappearing, mainly due to loss of habitat. Both butterflies and bees are crucial to human health – 35% of the food we eat is dependent on these important pollinators. We must take action now to protect Australia’s 400+ butterfly species, many of which are endangered.
Gold Coast Butterflies is raising funds to establish a Butterfly Conservation Centre on Tamborine Mountain, home of the critically endangered Richmond Birdwing Butterfly. Visitors can see a Butterfly Habitat in action with many species of Australian Butterflies in a Tropical Garden setting. People can learn how to plant a Butterfly Habitat in their own backyard to help with Butterfly Conservation in Australia. Our Pollinator Plant Nursery will provide them with the necessary plants to support butterflies and bees. These plants will also be available Online. We are dedicated to supporting and promoting conservation strategies designed to entice butterflies and bees back to our gardens and public spaces.
If you can help us with our Mission, please donate, it's important.
Please visit our website www.goldcoastbutterflies.com.au
Facebook Page: Gold Coast Butterflies
Corporate Sponsorship is welcome and your donations will be publicly acknowledged.
The Conservation Centre will provide the following services.
Butterfly House – This carefully designed Glasshouse will be the hub of our nature-based eco-tourism destination. This will be an example of a butterfly garden habitat, showcasing many species of live Australian butterflies providing a new and unique attraction for the local community and tourism to the region.
Education Centre – A space to conduct Butterfly lifecycle and conservation presentations for schools, early learning centres, aged care, community groups, clubs, tour groups, etc.
Pollinator Plant Nursery –supplying a range of Butterfly attracting garden plants for the regeneration of butterfly and bee habitats. Also available to buy Online.
Community Centre –hosting Butterfly Gardening workshops, art/craft studio, community events and meetings to discuss and plan Corridor Regeneration Projects for butterflies.
Retail shop – for education and conservation resources, sustainable butterfly merchandise and local artwork.
Butterfly Sanctuary –land dedicated to conserving endangered butterfly species to form butterfly corridors.
This business will operate as a Social Enterprise. , Our priorities include:
- Developing and implementing conservation strategies
- Forest regeneration projects to connect butterfly corridors and preserve habitats for future generations
- Positive social outcomes for people concerned about our environment who want to contribute to help reverse current negative trends
- Staff training and local employment opportunities
- Local community benefits including tourism and support for other conservation groups
Gold Coast Butterflies has been actively promoting Butterfly Conservation and Education on the Gold Coast for ten years. We have attended numerous community events, garden festivals and other nature-based activities, and have presented our Butterfly Lifecycle and Conservation education program at many local schools and kindergartens. Josephine volunteers with Friends of the Gold Coast Botanical Gardens to conduct butterfly observation and research and provide regular free public walks discovering butterflies and their preferred plants.
Richmond Birdwing Butterfly
Male Richmond Birdwing Caterpillar
Male Richmond Birdwing Butterfly - Wing Underside