The beautiful, petite Eltham Copper Butterfly was first discovered in Eltham in 1938. Within 20 years it had all but vanished and was thought to have become extinct. It wasn't until 1986 that it was spotted again in Eltham.
It won it's name because it really is a true local wonder - it survives only in Eltham, Greensborough, Castlemaine and Kiata. The community has since fought, through bushfires and deforestation, to keep this beautiful butterfly from disappearing again by conserving its natural habitat.
How to create your own butterfly garden Ensuring its natural habitat is available is a key to helping the Eltham Copper Butterfly survive and thrive. Find out how you can make your garden butterfly-friendly - read the Edendale Butterfly Gardens information to find out what you need to plant.
Edendale Farm has had a facelift! Haven't been to Edendale Farm in a while? Make sure you have a wander round and admire the hard work that's gone into transforming Edendale into a living resource of sustainability education.