New Ferry Butterfly Park is an urban nature reserve that was developed on the former site of  a railway goods yard, coal yard and water softening plant at Bebington and New Ferry Station.  The reserve occupies 4.94 acres (2 hectares) and is designated as a Local Wildlife Site. There are acidic, calcareous, nutrient poor & nutrient rich grasslands reflecting the different industrial substrates of the past. In addition there are two ponds, hedgerows, scrub, hazel coppice, artefacts of the brick-making and railway eras.

Acidic grasslands developed on the coal dust areas, these are dominated by common bent, sheep's sorrel & bird's foot trefoil. Calcareous grasslands developed from lime waste of water softening plant these provide species rich flora with plenty of nectar sources. On thin nutrient poor soils, which overlie old railway track beds, carpets of bird's-foot-trefoil dominate along with wild carrot & occasional bee orchids. On damper grasslands surrounding the lower pond, cowslip, lady’s smock & purple loosestrife occur.

26 species of butterfly have been recorded here with 17 species breeding on site. Other interest is in the lower pond with smooth newts and dragonfly nymphs. Yellow meadow ants are present on undisturbed grassland areas where they can build their nests. The park is rich in many other invertebrates with large populations of grasshoppers, bees and shield bugs.

A local committee runs the park. We are always looking for help in managing the park every second Sunday in the month in the winter (September–April) and wardening every Sunday in the summer (May- August). Please contact Paul Loughnane if you would like more information.

Email Paul

Opening Times

May to Mid-September
Open Sundays from 1 – 4 p.m.
New Ferry Butterfly Park is now open for visits for members/ residents in east Wirral. There is a one-way system in operation and to reduce the risk of Covid19 transmission we have hand sanitisers and will not be doing any hands-on activities like pond dipping. Instead of taking a leaflet you can download them via QR codes. There is no parking inside the reserve but we do have bicycle racks.


We do not open if the weather is very wet as all the minibeasts go into hiding.

Contact Paul by email or phone Hilary on 0151 327 5923 to check before you visit.

Access from Howell Road, Bebington, Wirral, CH62 5BJ.
The reserve is adjacent to Bebington Station car park.


Location of New Ferry Butterfly Park and nearby car parks



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Butterfly Park

History Trail leaflet

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Old Macdonald's

Butterfly Park game



Planting bluebells

Volunteers meet to manage the park in the winter (September–April).


See the Events Programme for the date of the next workday.

From the beginning of May until the end of August, the park is open to visitors every Sunday afternoon from 2 - 4 p.m. Two wardens are needed in the park during this time. If you can help with wardening any Sunday, please contact Paul Loughnane or Hilary Ash. The more people on the rota the better!

Email Paul or telephone Hilary:  0151 327 5923


For updates about the Butterfly Park, please read our blog.


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Wirral Wildlife is a group of the Cheshire Wildlife Trust, one of the network of 47 local Wildlife Trusts protecting wildlife across the UK. The Wildlife Trusts partnership is the UK’s leading environmental conservation charity.