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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Highland Council votes to grant permission for golf course development despite overwhelming opposition.
Controversial plans to build a golf course on one of Scotland’s last undeveloped dune systems have suffered a significant set-back this week. Planning Officers from Highland Council have recommended the plans be refused by the North Planning Applications Committee at its 6 December meeting, a move welcomed by the Conservation Coalition campaigning to save Coul Links.
We are thrilled to announce that Dr Amir Khan has joined Butterfly Conservation as one of its Vice Presidents.
The Butterfly Conservation Summer Raffle has now come to an end and the winning tickets have been drawn! Were you one of the lucky winners?
Sunday 10th December 2023, 10:00am-3:30am
Holme Stinted Pasture Clawthorpe
Cutting and sawing gorse and burning. Some chain saw work possible
Wednesday 13th December 2023, 10:00am-3:30am
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