Castle Cove Butterfly Bash

View of an advertising poster showing various butterflies

The Friends of Castle Cove Beach Charity has launched a new competition designed to spread a bit of positivity during lockdown.

Castle Cove Butterfly Bash, as it has been named is a celebration of the natural beauty that we see all around us in Dorset says Friends of Castle Cove Beach Charity Trustee Victoria Thomas. We want to remind people of Life after Lockdown and that despite this crisis, nature is carrying on all around us. We want to lift people’s spirits in this difficult time, and to get them drawing, taking photographs and crafting in celebration of the wildlife on our doorstep.

The idea of the competition is simple and full details including the rules etc can be found here.  There are four age groups – 7 and under, 8 to 11, 12 to 18, and adult. Competitors construct an image of a butterfly – they can draw, paint, knit, sculpt, take a photograph, whatever they like – and email its photograph to the organisers.

There are prizes for each category and you don’t even have to leave the house to enter this competition – you can look out of the window, or use your imagination. You can paint a real butterfly or draw a make-believe one. We just want to celebrate butterflies.

The two younger age group winners will receive a Butterfly Garden Set, so they can grow their own butterflies; the 12-18-year-old winner has a two-hour post-Lockdown workshop with well-known local artist Olivia Nurrish; and adults win a book not yet published – a Kaleidoscope of Butterflies, by Johnathan Bradley. Entry is free – you don’t have to pay anything – it’s a great activity for people of all ages.

We do not normally advertise events arranged by organisations other than our own but have made an exception in this case. We know from the photos that are sent in to the Dorset Group of Butterfly Conservation that there are many talented photographers amongst our members so give it a go.

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