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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


Lancashire/Cumbria: Big Butterfly Count Event

Wednesday 27th July 2016, 10.00am-1.00pm

Join the Cumbria and Lancashire Branch on this Big Butterfly Count (BBC) walk through Brigsteer Park Wood to see as many BBC butterfly species as possible, like the Common Blue, but also to see the Silver-washed and Dark Green Fritillaries found in this wood!

Cumbria: Butterflies of Smardale

Saturday 6th August 2016: 10.30am

Join the Cumbria Branch at this Big Butterfly Count event, where we hope to see Scotch Argus butterflies plus, hopefully, another dozen common species. There will be a short walk to the old railway line, then a couple of miles walk along the former track bed. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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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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