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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: Spring Butterfly Walk

Saturday 30th May 2015: 10.45am

Join Butterfly Conservation's Cumbria Branch at this National Nature Reserve where you could see Marsh Fritillary butterflies. A second walk at Workington is possible after lunch.

Cumbria: Spring Butterfly Walk

Sunday 31st May 2015: 10.45am

Join Butterfly Conservation's Cumbria Branch on a trip to see Mountain Ringlet butterflies in the Lake District, followed by a coastal walk.

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Cumbria Pearls In Peril

Volunteers are needed for winter work parties to help prevent one of Cumbria’s rarest butterflies being lost from the county for good. The Pearl-bordered Fritillary has seen numbers drastically decline in the county this year...

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