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Species to look out for


High BrownThe county of Cumbria is located where the boundaries of southern and northern species of butterfly overlap which goes some way to explaining why 41 species are recorded, rather high for a county this far north.

We have the Mountain Ringlet and Scotch Argus that cannot be seen anywhere else south of the Scottish border. Large Heath are found on the Solway and Morecambe Bay mosses, the Small Blue is present on Brownfield sites on the west coast and Marsh Fritillary fly on a few grassland sites in the north and west.

The limestone woodlands and grasslands bordering Morecambe Bay are the UK stronghold of the rare High Brown Fritillary and are also home to Pearl Bordered Fritillary, Northern Brown Argus, Silver Washed Fritillary and Duke of Burgundy.

Butterfly Surveys

People walking through meadowFind out more about butterfly surveys run in the Cumbria region


Cumbria: Butterfly And Moth Identification Course

Saturday 28th May to Friday 3rd June 2016, 5.30pm-10.00am

Countryside walks will be used to study the special species of butterflies and moths in this beautiful area. Help on moth identification and information on the species and their habitat requirements will be provided. Electric observation lights will be operated in the Blencathra grounds and at Witherslack to attract a wide variety of moths. Morning inspection of the light traps will be followed by visits to special habitats at Braithwaite Moss and Meathop Moss to study butterflies. Evening talks will be fully illustrated with colour slides.

Cumbria and Lancashire: Butterflies of Warton Crag

Tuesday 31st May 2016, 10.00am-2.00pm

This is a joint event with the Lancashire and Cumbria Branches. We will be looking out for spring species, in particular Pearl-bordered and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries, Small Heath, Dingy Skipper and Green Hairstreak butterflies.

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40 year slump for UK Butterflies

More than three-quarters of the UK’s butterflies have declined in the last 40 years with some common species suffering significant slumps, a major scientific study has revealed.

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