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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: Moths at Meathop Moss

Sunday 30th April 2017: 8.15pm

Join the Cumbria Branch and Cumbria Wildlife Trust to look for Spring moths at Meathop Moss. This site has recently undergone improvements to its boardwalk and access...

Cumbria: Butterflies Of Warton Crag

Tuesday 23rd May 2017, 10am-2pm

Join us on a walk at Warton Crag (near Carnforth) to find Pearl-bordered and possibly Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries and other spring butterflies, such as Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak...

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