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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 and Day-flying Moths of Great Asby Scar NNR

Saturday 2nd July 2016: 10.45am

Join the Cumbria Branch and Cumbria Wildlife Trust at this National Nature Reserve (NNR), which contains some of Britain's best limestone pavement. It is home to a wide diversity of special and rare insects and plants that are adapted to survive in this harsh, rocky environment.

Cumbria: Hutton Roof and Park Wood Nature Reserves

Wednesday 6th July 2016, 10.30am-4.00pm

Join the Cumbria Branch and Cumbria Wildlife Trust on a walk where we hope to see a wide range of mid-summer butterfly species, including High Brown Fritillary, Grayling, Common Blue and Northern Brown Argus. Enjoy this limestone pavement with stunning views and understand the management work undertaken to benefit the different species.

Cumbria: Mountain Ringlets at Haweswater

Saturday 9th July 2016, 10.00am-5.00pm

For this year's second Mountain Ringlet walk, we're revisiting Kidsty Pike / High Raise to see one of Lakeland's most thriving colonies of this butterfly.

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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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