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.
Update on Coronavirus Covid-19
To fight coronavirus, HM Government requires everyone to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives. There are a few exceptions during which you may leave your home described here: www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Cumbria Branch, Butterfly Conservation, will accept on its sightings pages casual records of butterflies or moths seen in your garden or during the limited absences from your home. Specifically, Cumbria branch asks that you do not travel to spot or record butterflies during the lockdown period.
Species to look out for
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View the latest butterfly and day-flying moth sightings in Cumbria.
As lockdown continues and we all abide by the Government’s advice to stay safe in our homes over the four-day Easter break, anyone with an outdoor space will be making the most of the sunny forecast this weekend.
Please be aware that all our offices, including Manor Yard at Lulworth, are now closed due to government advice re Coronavirus Covid-19.
The summer of 2019 boosted UK butterfly population to give them their best year since 1997 according to a study.
While this is an uncertain and anxious time for everyone, I want to update you on how the Coronavirus Covid-19 is likely to affect our work and assure you that we are adapting and rising to the challenge of continuing our fight for nature.
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