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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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News

  • Big Butterfly Count 2021 sees lowest ever number of butterflies recorded

    Wildlife charity warns that we must act now if we are to save the UK’s butterflies and moths for future generations.

  • Tribute to Douglas Boyes

    We at Butterfly Conservation, Newcastle University and the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology were shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the recent sudden loss of Douglas Boyes. A supremely talented, enthusiastic and dedicated young scientist he was also a kind and generous colleague to those he worked with, and a young man who had already achieved so much in his career and life to date.

  • Butterfly Conservation’s Craft Club is Back

    Our craft club returns on January 20th 2022 and this time you can felt your own Red Admiral butterfly.
    Suitable for complete beginners as well as more experienced crafters, you’ll receive all the materials you need to take part.

  • Call to landowners to help save threatened West Wales butterfly

    The threatened Brown Hairstreak butterfly’s range in South-west Wales has more than halved in the last decade, a new study by Butterfly Conservation South Wales Branch reveals. 

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