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 is 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 butterflies.
Species to look out for
Let us know what you have seen.
View the latest butterfly and day-flying moth sightings in Cumbria.
Threatened species in Scotland have today received a £4.2m lifeline from The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF).
Butterfly Conservation welcomes the recently published EU Nature Restoration Law. Grassland ecosystems are one of the most damaged and threatened ecosystems and populations of butterflies and other wild pollinators are in decline.
A new rare and beautiful species of moth appears to have colonised the South Downs.
Successful conservation projects in Kent have resulted in a record level of sightings of the Duke of Burgundy, a threatened butterfly species.
Tuesday 5th July 2022, 10:00am-3:00pm
Holme Stinted Pasture Burton-in-Kendal
Target Species Dark Green and High Brown Fritillaries and other more common species
By the way, look out for and hear the Yellow Hammer!
Friday 8th July 2022, 10:00am-3:00pm
Hampsfield Allotment Lindale
Target species: High Brown and Dark Green Fritillaries
Sunday 17th July 2022, 10:00am-3:00pm
White Scar and Farrer's Allotment, Whitbarrow
Target species: On a good day, many summer species including four types of Fritillaries, Northern Brown Argus and Grayling
Volunteer with us
Butterfly Conservation relies on the support of thousands of volunteers, and we are always looking for more help inside the office and out in the field. Whether you want to volunteer at a local branch, get outside and help manage our nature reserves, or help with one of our events, we have something for everyone to get involved in! Your time can make a real difference.
In your area