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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 18th January 2017: 10am

Join the Cumbria Branch on a work party brash burning at Farrer's Allotment, Lyth (N.B. this replaces the original work party at Marble Quarry)...

Cumbria: Work Party

Wednesday 1st February 2017: 10am

Join the Cumbria Branch on a work party in White Scar Quarry, Whitbarrow...

Cumbria: Work Party

Sunday 12th February 2017: 10am

Join the Cumbria Branch on one of their monthly Sunday work parties. Today's is near Whitbarrow National Nature Reserve (NNR)...

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Dr Martin Warren awarded OBE

World-renowned butterfly scientist Dr Martin Warren has been awarded with an OBE for services to the environment.

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