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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

Find out about East Dorset butterflies

We've got an interesting meeting coming up on 6 March: see our Events page for full details.

Second Red Admiral photo of February

Red Admiral with open wings

See our Gallery page for a bigger version and some reminders of 2014.

First butterfly photo of 2015

See our Gallery page for a lovely Red Admiral in the February sunshine.

2014 transect results

Transect walks are regular butterfly monitoring walks, and Dorset does lots of them!

Pair of Brown Argus butterflies mating

Brown Argus - a butterfly that did well in 2014. Photo: Mark Pike.

See the 2014 results on our News page, and come to one of our regional Walkers' meetings (see our Events page) to hear Bill Shreeves' analysis of them.

Save Rampisham Down

Dorset Wildlife Trust need help BY FEBRUARY 6 in saving this precious area of lowland acid grassland.

Go to our News page for more info.

Record number of records in 2014

We have added up how many butterfly records you sent in via the website, and it is an astonishing number; see our News page for the figures.

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Hummingbird Hawk Moth
Hummingbird Hawk Moth nectaring on buddleia at Dorset Wildlife Trust's Higher Hyde Heath Nature Reserve on 31 August. Photo: Chris Rowland

If you have any butterfly or moth related news or photos, email:

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