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Wild Seeland

One of the priorities of the Papiliorama Foundation is to introduce the visitors to indigenous nature and the importance of healthy biotopes and biodiversity. Only native plants are grown on the outside premises, on which new habitats such as dry meadows are continually being created.

Bug Bigtop
During the warm season the 500 m2 large Bug Bigtop is home to up to 10 different species of indigenous butterflies. The species shown are all still relatively frequent in the Swiss midlands ex. the Small Tortoiseshell, the Painted Lady, the European Peacock, the C-Falter, the Small cabbage white and the Swallowtail. Eggs, caterpillars and pupae can be seen on the nettles, fennel and other host plants. And with a bit of luck you can watch a butterfly emerging from its pupa in the emerging chamber. Besides indigenous butterflies, the Bug Bigtop harbours a range of other small animals such as woodlice, ants, spiders, ladybirds, earthworms and aquatic insects. The Swiss Butterfly Garden which opened in 2004 was renovated and upgraded in 2014. The exhibit is now called the "Bug Bigtop” and harbours small animals such as woodlice, ants, spiders, ladybirds, earthworms and aquatic insects, in addition to the native butterflies and their caterpillars.

The wild bee calendar was created in collaboration with and presents the diversity of indigenous wild bees in the course of the seasons. The busy little animals can be observed close-up in proximity of the installed nesting elements and the visitors can learn much about these important pollinators.

European Pond Turtle

The European Pond Turtle (Emys orbicularis) is the only indigenous turtle species. This species used to inhabit all slow-flowing water surfaces rich in vegetation in the whole of Switzerland. Today only two populations are left, probably the result of released animals. Their disappearing is due to intense hunting over centuries on one hand, but also due habitat destruction.Since a few years, the Papiliorama Foundation has been involved in a reintroduction project for the European Pond Turtle. From Spring to Autumn the Turtles can be observed sun-bathing.

Pond and observatory
The Silver lake is a result of the revitalisation of the Silver stream, which had been canalised in the zone of intense agriculture many years ago. The natural vegetation which has grown along the shore is an ideal habitat for many bird species including migrating individuals. The Greater Whitethroat and the Nightingale have now established themselves and the Night Heron is an occasional guest.