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
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Cumbria Branch Open Day and AGM 8 June 2019
This year’s Open Day and AGM at Blackwood Farm, Braithwaite, Keswick will return to this wonderful Marsh Fritillary site…the best in north west England. This working beef farm just two miles west of Keswick is also home to a good colony of Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary and the rare, day-flying Forester Moth, along with damp-loving wild flowers, birds and other invertebrates. We will spend the morning in the purpose-built Conservation Centre, followed after lunch by a guided walk around the site in the afternoon.
UK butterflies bounced back in 2018 following a string of poor years, thanks in part to last year’s heatwave summer, a study has revealed.
In July 2018 Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the Government would bring forward an Environment Bill. Butterfly Conservation (BC) understand that Defra are working on the draft of the Bill, to cover England and reserved matters in devolved countries, and this will be published before Christmas.
Scientists have discovered that moths may play a much broader role as plant pollinators than previously suspected.
Sunday 26th May 2019, 10:30am-1:30pm
Ormsgill Slagbanks Barrow in Furness
Target Species at Ormsgill: Dingy Skipper, Common Blue, Small Blue. At North Walney, spring butterflies and wild flowers
Thursday 30th May 2019, 10:00am-2:00pm
Warton Crag and Gait Barrows Carnforth
Targeting Pearl-bordered and possibly early Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Small Heath and other spring species.
Friday 31st May 2019, 10:30am-1:30pm
Finglandrigg Wood Haverlands Car Park
Marsh Fritillaries and at the coast Blues,Wall, Dingy Skipper and (early) Large Skipper
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