When the Butterfly World Project was opened by famous botanist Professor David Bellamy in 2009 it was a bare path of earth with no resident butterflies.
But less than five years later, 28 different British species have been recorded at the base in Chiswell Green, St Albans.
Working with Butterfly Conservation, experts designed the grounds and gardens to provide a range of habitats that are attractive to a wide variety of butterfly species.
The butterflies that have so far found their way to the site include rate protected species such as Small Blue, Small Heath and White Letter Hairstreak. All have been attracted by the presence of the food plants needed for the survival of their young caterpillars.
Today Butterfly World is home to the largest colony of Small Blue butterflies in Herts.
This beautiful butterfly – previously considered extinct for many years – is the smallest in the UK and only survives on sites containing Kidney Vetch.