Council calls for bids to open new butterfly farm in Bournemouth

Bournemouth Echo: Could this space soon be a butterfly farm? Could this space soon be a butterfly farm?

OPERATORS of zoological or botanical attractions are being invited to submit proposals for a new facility at Durley Chine.

Bournemouth council is keen to see a small-scale tourist attraction built on land behind the Durley Inn and is now inviting potential operators to bid for the rights to build and run it.

The attraction could not be any kind of aquarium as Bournemouth Oceanarium has an exclusive contract for Bournemouth seafront and is more likely to be a butterfly farm or something similar.

Cllr Rod Cooper, cabinet member for tourism, has previously expressed a desire to see a butterfly farm in the town, claiming it would be an ideal wet-weather attraction.

Last year, he told councillors they had already received expressions of interest from two potential operators with nearly 50 years experience of installing and operating butterfly farms.

And he added: “They believe that they will create, in their words, a ‘phenomenal farm to rival any in the world.’”

Bournemouth council would not make any financial contribution to the development and would expect to receive rent from any future attraction operators.

It is proposed the new attraction could be accompanied by a small local children’s playground and the Site of Special Scientific Interest Land to the north and east of the attraction could be grazed by goats.

But any new operator would only be allowed to include a very small catering offer within the attraction so as not to compete with the two catering facilities already at Durley Chine.

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12:31pm Tue 29 Jan 13

BmthNewshound says...

I just don't get Bournemouth Councils obsession with backing poorly researched and commercially unsustainable tourist attractions. Have they learnt nothing from the Imax and surf reef fiasco’s ?
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A butterfly farm, I ask you. It won’t work – even the hugely successful Eden Project in Cornwall has just announced that it is having to make up to 70 people redundant as it has to find savings. If an internationally renowned tourist attraction like the Eden Project is struggling what hope for a few butterflys in a glorified greenhouse in Durley Chine ?
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If this goes ahead it will be another Imax. The private operator will fail to make it a commercially viable business and the tax payer will be left to pick up the tab.
I just don't get Bournemouth Councils obsession with backing poorly researched and commercially unsustainable tourist attractions. Have they learnt nothing from the Imax and surf reef fiasco’s ? . A butterfly farm, I ask you. It won’t work – even the hugely successful Eden Project in Cornwall has just announced that it is having to make up to 70 people redundant as it has to find savings. If an internationally renowned tourist attraction like the Eden Project is struggling what hope for a few butterflys in a glorified greenhouse in Durley Chine ? . If this goes ahead it will be another Imax. The private operator will fail to make it a commercially viable business and the tax payer will be left to pick up the tab. BmthNewshound
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12:44pm Tue 29 Jan 13

l'anglais says...

Excellent idea, an educational resource within yards of the beach.

An all year round attraction, I hope.

Blackpool would place a bouncy castle in this sought of space.
Excellent idea, an educational resource within yards of the beach. An all year round attraction, I hope. Blackpool would place a bouncy castle in this sought of space. l'anglais
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12:55pm Tue 29 Jan 13

kingstonpaul says...

Bonkers! I think someone's having a laugh. Or someone's been sniffing thos butterfly pheromones.
A butterfly farm would have such niche appeal, it won't attract lots of visitors, and as such it should be 100% funded by private sponsors.
The economic return in terms of jobs and additional output, if there is any, will be miniscule.
Bournemouth needs a bigger, and much more imaginative, idea that this. How about just an urban farm at Durley? At least it's cheap to develop and has some chance of bringing in families.
Bonkers! I think someone's having a laugh. Or someone's been sniffing thos butterfly pheromones. A butterfly farm would have such niche appeal, it won't attract lots of visitors, and as such it should be 100% funded by private sponsors. The economic return in terms of jobs and additional output, if there is any, will be miniscule. Bournemouth needs a bigger, and much more imaginative, idea that this. How about just an urban farm at Durley? At least it's cheap to develop and has some chance of bringing in families. kingstonpaul
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1:01pm Tue 29 Jan 13

RED LETTER DAY says...

. BUTTERFLY FARMS are old hat these days. . . . . ( not a good idea ) Still I suppose we could set aside an area on top of the cliffs for the Cabbage White.
. BUTTERFLY FARMS are old hat these days. . . . . ( not a good idea ) Still I suppose we could set aside an area on top of the cliffs for the Cabbage White. RED LETTER DAY
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1:29pm Tue 29 Jan 13

bournenbred says...

Great idea

A zoological attraction will bring in a lot more Hen and Stag parties :-)
Great idea A zoological attraction will bring in a lot more Hen and Stag parties :-) bournenbred
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1:30pm Tue 29 Jan 13

woby_tide says...

I have spent years building the finest rare breeds zoological collection known to man.

Alas I fear the council of Bournemouth will not give any time to my prized specimen, a magnificent white elephant
I have spent years building the finest rare breeds zoological collection known to man. Alas I fear the council of Bournemouth will not give any time to my prized specimen, a magnificent white elephant woby_tide
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1:33pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Scoty2hotty says...

ICE RINK!!!
ICE RINK!!! Scoty2hotty
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2:00pm Tue 29 Jan 13

poolepaul says...

How about a mono-rail.....I could build it for a few million....Bournemou
th Council are you listening???
How about a mono-rail.....I could build it for a few million....Bournemou th Council are you listening??? poolepaul
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2:32pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Dr Strangelove says...

No no no it's land based, what is needed is something in the water a surf reef would fit the bill.
No no no it's land based, what is needed is something in the water a surf reef would fit the bill. Dr Strangelove
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2:36pm Tue 29 Jan 13

andyjb10 says...

Dr Strangelove wrote:
No no no it's land based, what is needed is something in the water a surf reef would fit the bill.
You comedy genius. That joke is a tad old these days.
[quote][p][bold]Dr Strangelove[/bold] wrote: No no no it's land based, what is needed is something in the water a surf reef would fit the bill.[/p][/quote]You comedy genius. That joke is a tad old these days. andyjb10
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4:43pm Tue 29 Jan 13

boudicas mum says...

Is cllr Rod Cooper being paid his wages to put a butterfly farm somewhere in Bournemouth or is he just obsessed with it? He wanted to put it at Slades Farm then when that was turned into the velodrome, he wanted to put it near the seafront - if I am right he wanted it as part of whatever is put in place of the IMAX. Now he wants it at Durley Chine. For goodness sake Cllr Cooper have you not got the idea yet?
Is cllr Rod Cooper being paid his wages to put a butterfly farm somewhere in Bournemouth or is he just obsessed with it? He wanted to put it at Slades Farm then when that was turned into the velodrome, he wanted to put it near the seafront - if I am right he wanted it as part of whatever is put in place of the IMAX. Now he wants it at Durley Chine. For goodness sake Cllr Cooper have you not got the idea yet? boudicas mum
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5:38pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Hessenford says...

A butterfly farm, that's going to bring tourist from all over the country I'm sure, where do these people come from who dream up ideas like this.
A butterfly farm, that's going to bring tourist from all over the country I'm sure, where do these people come from who dream up ideas like this. Hessenford
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6:55pm Tue 29 Jan 13

bournenbred says...

I want a viewing tower !

So I can see the wind farm in all its glory !! and butter the flies as they pass !!!

Cooper you are a !!!!!!!!!
I want a viewing tower ! So I can see the wind farm in all its glory !! and butter the flies as they pass !!! Cooper you are a !!!!!!!!! bournenbred
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7:32pm Tue 29 Jan 13

oversixty says...

You don't need to import tropical butterflies as we have plenty of our native species to see on our 10 Local Nature Reserves in Bournemouth!( as well as plenty of other superb wildlife!).

How about tour buses to take visitors( and locals) to see some of these very special sites which are seldom given any publicity!
You don't need to import tropical butterflies as we have plenty of our native species to see on our 10 Local Nature Reserves in Bournemouth!( as well as plenty of other superb wildlife!). How about tour buses to take visitors( and locals) to see some of these very special sites which are seldom given any publicity! oversixty
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10:43pm Tue 29 Jan 13

RivermeadMike says...

The area could be converted into a monkey reserve!

As an extra use the town's council meetings could be held there.

No doubt the monkeys could provide useful ideas to further Bournemouth tourism!
The area could be converted into a monkey reserve! As an extra use the town's council meetings could be held there. No doubt the monkeys could provide useful ideas to further Bournemouth tourism! RivermeadMike
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6:54am Wed 30 Jan 13

retry69 says...

What about a large cage to house abusers of children/vunerable and other despicable crims, they would then receive the treatment they deserve and it would serve as a warning to others
What about a large cage to house abusers of children/vunerable and other despicable crims, they would then receive the treatment they deserve and it would serve as a warning to others retry69
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3:27pm Wed 30 Jan 13

juniperberry says...

Scoty2hotty wrote:
ICE RINK!!!
Went out of biz coz thats not what people want either!
[quote][p][bold]Scoty2hotty[/bold] wrote: ICE RINK!!![/p][/quote]Went out of biz coz thats not what people want either! juniperberry
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10:41pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Freddie frog says...

Not again .... when will this Cllr give up his stupid idea of having a Butterfly Farm? Is this really what his residents want? isn't he supposed to represent the views of residents in his ward? sounds to me like this is some personal wish ............... maybe for another book.
Not again .... when will this Cllr give up his stupid idea of having a Butterfly Farm? Is this really what his residents want? isn't he supposed to represent the views of residents in his ward? sounds to me like this is some personal wish ............... maybe for another book. Freddie frog
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