Things To Do in Brenton On SeaBrenton Blue Butterfly Reserve
Where? Brenton On Sea, Garden Route.
When? Strictly by appointment only
The reserve is under the control and management of the Brenton Butterfly Trust and no visitors are allowed on an ad hoc basis. However there are limited tours of four people each twice a day from 5th to 25 th November and 5th to 25 th February each year, when the butteflies are active. The tours are at 12:00 and 13:00 and only if sunny and relatively wind free.
How? Call Dr DA Edge +27 (0)44 381-0014 in business hours only (08:00 to 17:00).
How much? Falls into price group R101 to R200 per person. Confirm with the provider.
The Brenton blue butterfly, evident in late October until December, lives within one hectare of asteraceous coastal fynbos and its larvae depend entirely on the lower side of the leaves of Indigofera erecta for their food.
The home of one of the rarest butterflies in the world, the Brenton Blue Butterfly Reserve, is marked by a single signpost. Although the Brenton Blue Butterfly Reserve effectively came into being in early 1998, it was only proclaimed as a Special Nature Reserve on 4 July 2003. Knee-high poles indicate the boundary of the nature reserve. The site extends over approximately 2ha and contains a mixture of coastal fynbos and coastal forest. The Brenton Blue shares its home with a wide variety of other insects, as well as mammal and bird species.
The vegetation in the reserve is a complex mosaic of candlewood thickets and asteraceous fynbos. The reserve contains a large population of the food plant of the Brenton Blue butterfly, a small plant in the pea family with pink flowers.
The Brenton Blue is a very rare National Treasure.