A joint walk with the Cumbria and Lancashire Branches - place and details available nearer the time.
Species to look out for
The 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.
Find out more about butterfly surveys run in the Cumbria region
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.
Join the Cumbria Branch on a walk around the town, its gardens and parks, looking especially for buddleia plants with Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma, Painted Lady and Red Admiral butterflies.
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