Butterfly and Insect World to close permanently

Tuesday July 13th 2021


A chamelion at Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World.

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Following reports that Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World is set to remain permanently closed, Owen Thompson MP has urged a rethink and vowed to support any campaign to save the centre.

The Midlothian MP has written to the Managing Director of Dobbies who owns the site, seeking a meeting to discuss the decision and help find a solution so the important attraction can remain open.

Mr Thompson said:-

“This is terrible news. I know we face very difficult times but this is an important educational resource for the community and brings many visitors to Midlothian. We can’t let the world’s longest running indoor butterfly house become a permanent victim of Covid cuts.

“Like many who grew up in Midlothian, Butterfly and Insect World was a big part of my childhood and it is still very much enjoyed by families now. At a time when we need to raise awareness of the natural world, it sends the wrong signal to lose a resource like this, which we are so lucky to have on our doorstep.

“I have asked for a meeting with the CEO of Dobbies as a first step to see what can be done. I know the local community won’t let this go without a fight and I will be with them all the way. “

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