Leighton Hall is situated within the Silverdale & Arnside area of outstanding natural beauty. It’s parkland and gardens are simply breath taking and behind the Hall itself, is a working estate of farms, accommodation, network of footpaths for walking, clay pigeon shooting facilities and even an off road track.
The team at Leighton Hall are involved in conservation projects such as deer & forestry management, the reintroduction of Red Squirrels and growth of rare regional butterflies, as well as many campaigns to sustain their heritage.
The land is used during corporate events and gatherings for walking, shooting, coppicing and there is much wildlife to be observed throughout the hundreds of acres of Leighton Halls’ magnificent estate.
The High Brown Fritillary butterfly is a rare thing (in fact it has declined in numbers by 90% since the 1970’s) so we are very proud that Leighton Hall is one of the very few places that the Fritillary butterfly survives. One cause of the butterflies decline is the cessation of woodland coppicing – the butterflies aren’t able to colonise once existing sites have become over grown, but here at Leighton, we run an active program of coppicing which means this rare creature loves to live at Leighton!
They are also found on limestone pavements where violets grow beneath the cracks. At Leighton Hall we are lucky enough to have some beautiful limestone pavements that attract these gorgeous creatures. Surely a treat for anyone would be see one in its natural habitat whilst out on a Leighton Woodland Walk, so look out for its’ distinctive brown spots and silver spangles, which are common in the High Brown Fritillary Butterfly.
To find out more information about these butterflies go to https://butterfly-conservation.org/