A BUTTERFLY Park threatened with closure after its owners ordered wildlife specialists to leave could be saved after the intervention by Wirral Council.
The authority has approved plans to go forward with a compulsory purchase order for the New Ferry Butterfly Park from its owners Brock.
The New Ferry Butterfly Park has been run entirely by donations, grants and volunteers since it was set up in 1993.
The land, near Bebington station, is leased by the Cheshire Wildlife Trust (CWT) from Brock plc, who have told them to leave .
But Wirral Council’s cabinet have approved plans to use CPO powers to bring the land into public ownership and allow the site, which is classified as a site of biological importance, to remain open.
The Park supports at least 397 species, including butterflies, moths, bees, spiders, shield bugs, pond life, and a long list of plants including two species of orchid.
More than 3,500 people have signed petitions supporting the park since news of the threat to its future was revealed.
Hilary Ash, Hon Conservation Officer, said: “We are very grateful to everyone who has signed our petitions, and all the people who have made great efforts to collect signatures on behalf of the park.”
A council spokesman said: “The council has tried to speak with the owners about the future of the site but they have not been willing to meet with the council at this time.
“Therefore to protect an important habitat the council agreed to make a CPO to bring the site into public ownership and safeguard the future of the site.”
Brock were contacted for a comment but did not respond.
Over the last 16 years, the New Ferry Butterfly Park committee has raised more than £2,4000.