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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Mountain Ringlet at Irton Fell: Event fully subscribed 28 May
Saturday 3rd June 2023, 11:00am-3:00pm
Car park Santon Bridge Eskdale Green Road
Target species Mountain Ringlet. We're sorry that this field trip is now fully subscribed
The Butterflies of Howe Ridding and Witherslack Woods
Sunday 16th July 2023, 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 White Scar and Farrers Allotment, Whitbarrow
Monday 24th July 2023, 10:00am-2:30pm
White Scar and Farrer's Allotment, Whitbarrow
Target species: On a good day, many summer species including four types of Fritillaries, Northern Brown Argus, Grayling and other late Summer species.
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