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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: Butterflies of Brantwood, Coniston Water

Saturday 22nd July 2017

Join the Cumbria Branch, Rusland Horizons and Friends of Brantwood for a walk around the beautiful gardens, woodland and moorland at Brantwood (east side of Coniston Water) to look for butterflies and day-flying moths...

Cumbria: Moths at Hay Bridge Nature Reserve

Sunday 23rd July 2017: 8.30am

Join the Cumbria Branch and Hay Bridge Society for another chance to see wonderful moths at this site of many varied habitats. We will be examining the moths caught in the traps set last night...

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