Explore Nature

Explore Nature

The natural world is fascinating, from minibeasts beneath our feet to birds soaring overhead. 

We'd like to help you get a bit better acquainted with Wakefield's natural world. Take a look at our beautiful butterfly guide below, and see how many bugs, animals and plants you can check off our nature spotter's guide. 

Little ones will be enchanted by the magic of the Love Exploring augmented reality App.

So get your Indiana Jones hat, and your Dora backback ... we're going exploring!

Nature
Butterfly

More than 30 different types of butterfly have been seen in the Wakefield district.
From common garden visitors, such as the Large or Cabbage White, to rarer species like the Grayling.

At Fitzwilliam Country Park, you might see common butterflies like Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Small Skipper and Ringlet.

At Anglers Country Park, as well as common species, you could see migrating species like Painted Lady, Clouded Yellow and Red Admiral.

At Pugneys Country Park, you may spot many different types, like Dingy Skipper, Gatekeeper, Small Copper and Common Blue.

At Pontefract Park, you might spy grassland butterflies like Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Small Skipper.

Other sites worth a visit include: Upton Country Park, Frickley Country Park, Walton Colliery Nature Park and Seckar Wood Nature Reserve.

Use the images below to help you identify the butterflies you see.

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Clouded Yellow

Clouded Yellow

Common Blue

Common Blue

Dingy Skipper

Dingy Skipper

Gatekeeper

Gatekeeper

Grayling

Grayling

Large White

Large White

Meadow Brown

Meadow Brown

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Ringlet

Ringlet

Small Copper

Small Copper

Small Heath

Small Heath

Small Skipper

Small Skipper

Good luck! If you find any butterflies - and they keep still long enough - take a picture and tag @MyWakefield on Twitter or Instagram using #DoorstepDiscoveries

Love Exploring

Calling dinosaur rangers and fairy wranglers!

Follow the Love Exploring app’s map as it uses augmented reality to lead you to your first dinosaur at Pugneys Country Park or fairy at Newmillerdam.

Once you find them, they’ll have a question for you. Did you get it right? Keep going until you’ve found them all.

With guided trails, games and quizzes along the way, this is a fantastic way to get your family exploring the outdoors.

Love Exploring is completely FREE and is available to download for Android from Google Play or iPhone from the App Store.

Love Exploring