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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: Summer Butterflies

Saturday 18th July 2015: 10am

Join the Cumbria Branch on this Big Butterfly Count event, where you can also see White-letter Hairstreak and Northern Brown Argus butterflies.

Cumbria: Butterfly Walk

Tuesday 21st July 2015, 10.30am-3.00pm

Join the Cumbria Branch on this Big Butterfly Count event, where we hope to see butterflies like Dark Green and High Brown Fritillary.

Cumbria: Moth Field Trip

Monday 27th July 2015: 9.30pm

Join the Cumbria Branch at this limestone grassland site, where extensive management work has been undertaken by our members.

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