Butterfly Research Centre and Fundraiser Cafe, Bhimtal

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THE BUTTERFLY RESEARCH CENTRE

For the last 60 years, the forest of Jones Estate has been protected by the Smetacek family. Today, it is the finest example of broadleaf forest in the Bhimtal valley. It supports a large variety of birds (including owls and pheasants) and mammals. 243 species of butterflies have been recorded in the Estate. The butterfly collection, begun in 1947, is now the fourth largest reference collection of Lepidoptera in India, after the three National Collections. The Butterfly Research Centre undertakes identification, taxonomic support, surveys and conducts certificate courses for increasing awareness and capacity building in butterfly and moth taxonomy, ecology and curation of specimens.
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  • cuddled in a serene corner of this lake city Peter Smetacek's property is a must visit for naturalists. Many woderful trivias were explained beautifully to my daughters, learnt how to study a butterfl...  more »
  • Don't expect to see a lot. It's just a room full of butterflies. But an awesome collection, kids will love.. I suppose the guy, an englishman surely, put incredible effort collecting and documenting i...  more »
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