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Welcome to Butterfly Conservation Dorset

Dorset is one of the best areas in the UK for butterflies and moths, and we are a very active Branch of Butterfly Conservation. This website is designed to help you join our activities and enjoy our butterflies and moths, whether in reality or via the internet.   Find out more

Wall Brown

A Wall has been seen in Winfrith Newburgh. It was in very good condition, so it may be a third brood. Please keep your eyes open for these increasingly rare butterflies and report them to us if you see them via our Sightings page.

Wall Brown on bright pink phlox

Late Clouded Yellow migration?

We've had reports of 15 Clouded Yellows seen at Langton Herring and 18 near West Bexington, as well as other smaller numbers. See our Recent Sightings page for details.

If you see any, please report them via our easy Recording Form.

Battered butterflies

Robin George has sent us a photo of a Small Tortoiseshell that is so worn, you wouldn't think it could fly: see the Gallery page.

Plus a Red Admiral from Matt Phipps.

Do you have any shots of very worn butterflies? Send to news@dorsetbutterflies.com.

Clouded Yellows in higher numbers than Painted Ladies

Clouded Yellow

Clouded Yellow. Photo: Mark Pike.

Clouded Yellows and Painted Ladies are both butterflies which do not (with a few possible exceptions) breed in this country: they are migrants. Our Recent Sightings page shows that since the 22 July there have been 43 records of Clouded Yellows, totalling 152 butterflies, with as many as 40 being seen at one time. Painted Ladies, by comparison, have only gained 13 records, totalling 16 butterflies.

How many White Holes can you fill in 2014?

2014 is our last chance to record butterflies in this five-year recording cycle. We did very well plugging the gaps - 'white holes' - last year, but there is still quite a bit to do. Full details here - and do use the Google Earth facility if you can, it's brilliant!


Full events programme

What does Butterfly Conservation do?

Butterfly Conservation is a national organisation with 32 branches, of which Dorset is one. We also have the headquarters of the national society in Dorset, near Lulworth. The branches and the national organisation work together to help butterflies and moths.

75% of the 60 British butterflies have declined over the last ten years, while 66% of common moths have declined over the last forty. 62 moth species became extinct in the twentieth century. There are successes as well, but these are outnumbered by the failures.

Our efforts include both direct conservation work, including monitoring butterflies and moths, as well as raising awareness of the problems butterflies and moths face and the possible solutions. click here for more detail about our work.

Please come and help us, either directly or by joining the organisation, or both. Our butterflies and moths are beautiful creatures and an essential part of the foodchain: if they are not here for our grandchildren to enjoy, the world will be a sadder place.

If you have any butterfly or moth related news or photos, email: news@dorsetbutterflies.com

JOIN Butterfly Conservation to help us save butterflies, moths and their habitats: Join Now

DONATE to help us with our work to save butterflies and moths - click: Donate

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