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.

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  • The Butterflies of Witherslack and Howe Ridding Woods

    Sunday 14th July 2024, 10:00am-2:00pm

    Witherslack Woods and Howe Ridding

    Target Silver-washed, High Brown and Dark Green Fritillaries, Common Blue and possibly late Northern Brown Argus

  • The Butterflies of Latterbarrow and White Scar

    Sunday 21st July 2024, 10:30am-3:00pm

    CWT Latterbarrow

    Target species Many summer species including three types of Fritillaries, Northern Brown Argus and Grayling at White Scar.  Possibly Silver-washed and certainly other summer butterflies at Latterbarrow.

  • Opening of Moth Traps at CWT Plumgarths

    Saturday 27th July 2024, 8:30am-11:00am

    CWT Plumgarths

    Traps opening Saturday 27 July from 08:30.  An opportunity to add to the 180 species previously recorded at this site.

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