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
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Saturday 29th May 2021, 10:00am-2:00pm
Warton Crag Carnforth
Targeting Pearl-bordered and possibly early Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Small Heath and other spring species.
Thursday 3rd June 2021, 10:30am-1:00pm
Ormsgill Slagbanks Barrow in Furness
Target Species at Ormsgill: Dingy Skipper, Common Blue, Small Blue.
Saturday 5th June 2021, 10:45am-3:00pm
Car park Santon Bridge Eskdale Green Road
Target species Mountain Ringlet
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