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Working to save Dorset's butterflies and moths

75% of British butterflies and 66% of common moths have declined in living memory. Our efforts include conservation work, monitoring butterflies and moths, and raising awareness of the problems they face. There are lots of ways you can help.  Find out more

Big Butterfly Hike

Martin's Hike
Sponsor Martin's Hike!

Starting on Monday 27 July and ending on Sunday 2 August, the CEO of Butterfly Conservation, Dr Martin Warren, will be undertaking the challenge of walking the length of the Jurassic Coast, to save butterflies! Read more...

Photographic competition

Brimstone. Photo: Andrew Cooper

We all know that the Big Butterfly Count is currently taking place but did you know about Butterfly Conservation’s photographic competition? Read more...

The Big Butterfly Count has arrived!

Small Copper 2

We urge all readers of this website to do at least one 15-minute count for the 'Big Butterfly Count', which runs from 17 July to 9 August. Read more...

A Dark Green Fritillary summer?

Dark Green Fritillary - Mating Pair
Dark Green Fritillary - Mating Pair. Photo: Iain H Leach

Dorset’s first Dark Green Fritillary of 2015 was recorded 06/06/2015 and since then we’ve had a fantastic number of sightings of this marvellous and quite impressive butterfly sent to us. Read more...

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Purple hairstreak butterfly
White-letter hairstreak at Alners Gorse reserve on 5 July. Photo: Mark Pike

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(Donations received via this national Butterfly Conservation site link will come to Dorset Branch)