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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Sunday 4th July 2021, 10:00am-2:00pm
Holme Park Fell
Target species: High Brown and Dark Green Fritillaries, and other summer species
Monday 12th July 2021, 10:00am-2:30pm
Brigsteer Park Wood
Target species: Silver-washed and Dark Green Fritillaries, and summer species
Sunday 18th July 2021, 10:30am-2:30pm
Oversands School (former Witherslack Hall), Grange-over-Sands
Target species Silver-washed, Dark Green and High Brown Fritillaries, Common Blue, Grayling and possibly Northern Brown Argus.
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