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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

Holly Blue on the way up?

Holly Blue butterfly, showing underwing

Holly Blue. Photo: Ann Cryer.

The Holly Blue always goes through a cycle of boom and bust. Dorset sightings make us hope we're heading for boom times. Read more...

17 species now out (18 April)

Painted Lady resting on grass

Painted Lady, 17 April. Photo: Andrew Cooper

See the full list of butterflies on the wing on our First Sightings page.

Green Hairstreak and Green-veined White now out

See News page for photos of what these butterflies look like.

Get set to fill in gaps for Dingy and Grizzled Skippers

Grizzled Skipper against green background

Grizzled Skipper. Photo: Chris Becker

As part of our 'Regional Action Plan' for less common butterfly species, we'd appreciate your help looking for these two small butterflies in places they have been seen in the past.

New wildlife site in Poole

North Road is the slightly unlikely - though very welcome - location for a new public open space in Poole.

Peacocks on the wing

Peacock with wings spread on a brown oak leaf on the ground

A lucky Peacock was saved from a fiery death by Brian Arnold.

See our Photo Gallery for a bigger version of this Peacock and a lovely photo of one on the wing from Paul Cobb.

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Speckled wood pupa
Speckled Wood pupa. Photo: Andrew Cooper

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