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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

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.

Website improvements

You may notice that this website looks a little different. We have introduced two new headings: 'About' and 'Get involved', to help you find this information more easily (it was there before, but rather hidden). At the same time, we've taken the opportunity to brighten the site up and make the home page a better introduction to all we do.

If you find any links which do not work, please let us know by emailing: .

200+ Clouded Yellows at Langton Herring

Read Bob Ford's full report on our News page.

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. Plus a Red Admiral from Matt Phipps. See the Gallery page.

Do you have any shots of very worn butterflies? Send to

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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)