Think of Cumbria, and many people think of the Lake District with its fells, lakes, tarns, sparkling rivers and wooded valleys, but there is so much more to this enormous, varied and beautiful county than just the Lake District National Park.
Stretching from the Irish Sea coastal dunes in the west to the high Pennine moorlands and limestone hills in the east, and from the Solway coast and mosses in the north to the limestone woodlands around Morecambe bay in the south it is full of fantastic habitat for butterflies and other wildlife.
The county 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.
To find out more about Cumbria, its diverse wildlife habitats and the butterflies to be found here read on. We hope you will be able to visit us sometime soon.
The High Brown Fritillary - just one of the 41 butterflies recorded in our region
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