Limestone Pavement at Gaitbarrows NNR

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 and mosses around Morecambe Bay in the south, Cumbria has a great range of fantastic habitat for butterflies and other wildlife.

Five major habitat types can be distinguished, mountain, grassland, mires and mosses, woodland, and brownfield, where butterflies can be found. There is information about the habitat together with some historical and management notes. Examples of the butterfly species likely to be seen are given.