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Outstanding dune habitat supporting a wealth of wildlife and with magnificent views

Sandy estuary of the River Duddon with panoramic of the Lakeland mountains. All the dune grasslands at Sandscale Haws support a rich flora including the very rare Dune Helleborine.

A significant area for Natterjack Toads, Sandscale Haws supports one fifth of the national population of the rare amphibian, which is only found at a few other sites in the UK. There are also migratory bird populations of international importance, including Pintail, Red Knot and Common Redshank. Over 20,000 wintering waterfowl can be seen regularly.

Wildlife at Sandscale Haws


Look out for the comma butterfly at Coleton Fishacre, South Devon © Ross Hoddinott

Butterfly lovers can enjoy looking for a huge choice of species at Sandscale. Common blues feed here, as does the dingy skipper, silvery grayling, wall brown and dark green fritillary.

Download our PDF leaflet to see when the best times are to see the butterflies throughout the year.


Look out for the comma butterfly at Coleton Fishacre, South Devon © Dave Crawshaw

We have a huge range of moths at Sandscale. Ranging from cinnabar, dark tussocks and cabbage moths. Download our leaflet below and get exploring. 

Download our PDF sheet which shows the months the moths are best seen at Sandscale Haws.

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