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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

Merry Christmas!

We at the Dorset Branch of Butterfly Conservation hope you have an excellent Christmas and a splendid New Year with lots of butterflies to report!

Small Tortoiseshell

Small Tortoiseshell

2014 records by 31 December, please

As this is the end of a five-year recording period, we need you to enter your butterfly records by the end of the year, please. So if you spotted some butterflies back in the summer (remember that?) but have not yet entered them via our Record Form, please do so by 31 December.

Peacock butterfly

Please record your late butterflies

You won't be seeing much more than the odd Red Admiral or Small Tortoiseshell at the moment, but we'd still like to know about them.

As our formal butterfly monitoring scheme only runs from April to September, the sightings reported via this website help us to build a year-round picture of our butterflies.

Put in your sightings via our Recording Form.

Website outage

If you've noticed our website looking a little odd recently, it was due to problems suffered by our Internet Service Provider, which took a little time to put right. All is OK again now.

Get your tickets now for our Patrick Barkham talk on 17 November

We are delighted to have persuaded Patrick Barkham to give us a talk, which will be one of Thomas Hardye School's Community Lectures: "Sunshine and Shade: Butterflies and Badgers in Britain Today".

Patrick Barkham

Read the full details, including how to get your FREE tickets.

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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

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