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
Clouded Yellow Seen
A Clouded Yellow has been reported from Black Hill near Cerne Abbas. Please let us know if you see one (or any other butterfly) via our Sightings page.
Orange Tips are out! We have had sightings reported from Poole, Marnhull and Monkton Wylde. Spring really is here!
Fresh Orange Tip. Photo: Brian Arnold
Astonishing number of March butterflies
How many? Go to our News page to find out - it's worth it!
Small Tortoiseshell egg-laying in mid March
We've had a report from Andrew Cooper of a Small Tortoiseshell actually egg-laying on 15 March at Pamphill, near Wimborne.
Small Tortoiseshell eggs under a nettle leaf.
Photo: Andrew Cooper.
There is a photo of the butterfly laying the eggs on our News page - showing how superbly camouflaged these butterflies are once their wings are closed.
This is a month earlier than we would normally expect, which is presumably a reflection of the mild winter and the good weather we are having now. Let's hope this means we are going to see lots of this butterfly later in the year!
The search for the White-letter Hairstreak - please help
The White-letter Hairstreak, while not a common butterfly in Dorset, seems to have been very under-recorded in the last four years. Our News page has a map of recent and older sightings plus a link to a Google Earth view of them.
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!
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: email@example.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)