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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: Work Party

Wednesday 7th December 2016: 10am

Join the Cumbria Branch on this work party in the Cartmel Valley...

Cumbria: Work Party

Sunday 11th December 2016: 10am

Join the Cumbria Branch on one of their monthly Sunday work parties. Today's is at Wartbarrow, Allithwaite...

Cumbria: Work Party

Wednesday 21st December 2016: 10am

Join the Cumbria Branch on this work party in Allithwaite...

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All the better for moorland butterflies

The decline of three of the UK’s most threatened butterflies could be reversed across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset with the launch of a ground-breaking conservation project.

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