Butterfly Man now at home in the High Country

Cleveland Herd has spent a lifetime collecting butterflies for display

INTRICATE TREASURES: One of the many trays of butterflies and moths in Cleveland Herd’s collection. His carpentry skills meant he was able to make these magnificent display cases from old cedar timbers. PHOTO: Wendy Hunt

CLEVELAND Herd lives in the rural High Country, where he runs 50 head of cattle and a few sheep.

He and partner Kathy have only been in the area for the past four years, but much of that time has been spent on the restoration of his soldier settlement house and gardens.

Farm work and restoration have not occupied all of his waking hours though.

Unlike most farmers, he has a hobby that has taken him all over the continent and beyond – the search for rare and beautiful butterflies.

Cleveland was born in Sandringham and schooled in Huntingdale, but recounts that he had ‘no real idea’ what he wanted to do when he left school.

“All I knew was that I wanted to do something close to nature, maybe as a park ranger,” Cleveland said.

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