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
Let us know what you have seen.
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Cumbria Branch Open Day and AGM 8 June 2019
This year’s Open Day and AGM at Blackwood Farm, Braithwaite, Keswick will return to this wonderful Marsh Fritillary site…the best in north west England. This working beef farm just two miles west of Keswick is also home to a good colony of Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary and the rare, day-flying Forester Moth, along with damp-loving wild flowers, birds and other invertebrates. We will spend the morning in the purpose-built Conservation Centre, followed after lunch by a guided walk around the site in the afternoon.
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Saturday 27th July 2019, 10:00am-3:00pm
White Scar and Farrer's Allotment, Whitbarrow
Target species include Dark Green and High Brown Fritillaries, Wall, Grayling and other summer species. In good weather we can expect to see over 20 species
Sunday 28th July 2019, 10:00am-3:30pm
Levens Village Institute, Levens
Learn how to identify and record Cumbria butterflies and day-flying moths
Monday 5th August 2019, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Holker Old Park Wood
Please join the Branch on this joint event with the Grange Natural History Society, to find butterflies like the Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Hairstreak, and Wall.
This is also a great opportunity to take part in the Big Butterfly Count.
Volunteer with us
Butterfly Conservation relies on the support of thousands of volunteers, and we are always looking for more help inside the office and out in the field. Whether you want to volunteer at a local branch, get outside and help manage our nature reserves, or help with one of our events, we have something for everyone to get involved in! Your time can make a real difference.