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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 are 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.


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Red Admiral - Dave Green

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Garden Tiger - Iain H Leach

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News

  • Latest trends in butterfly indicators revealed

    In the UK, since 1976, the habitat specialists butterflies index has fallen by 77%, whilst wider countryside abundance is down by 46%.

  • March of the micros

    An increasing number of new moth species are arriving and settling in the UK as a result of the global reach of the horticultural trade and the changing climate, moth experts today revealed.

  • Extinct butterfly flies again

    The Chequered Skipper has been returned to England after 40 year absence

  • Titchmarsh: “Make a metre for pollinators”

    Alan Titchmarsh is calling on gardeners to make a metre for wildlife this summer by providing a refuge for struggling butterflies, moths and other pollinators.

Events

  • Cumbria Moth Night

    Friday 20th to Saturday 21st July 2018, 9.15pm-10.00am

    Plumgarths Kendal

    Examining the overnight collection of moths at Plumgarths

  • Cumbria Moth Night

    Friday 27th to Saturday 28th July 2018, 9.00pm-8.30am

    Great Wood Derwent Water Keswick

    Examine moth collection at Great Wood, Keswick

  • Cumbria Moth Night

    Friday 3rd August 2018, 9.00pm-10.00am

    Brantwood, East side Coniston Water

    Examining the overnight moth collection at Brantwood

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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.

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  • Chairman:
    Chris Winnick
  • Treasurer:
    David Eastlick