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 wonders of the internet.
Small Tortoiseshells courting in February?
Two Small Tortoiseshells, last year. Photo: Mark Pike
See our News page for further information.
Could you help with some computer research to support the monitoring of migrant butterfly species?
Bill Shreeves, our Records Officer, is finding it increasingly difficult to work out whether apparent migrant butterflies have really come in from abroad, or are the result of releases at weddings etc. More information, including on weather patterns, would help him, but he does not have time to seek it out - could you help? Full information on our Volunteering page.
Seven species now out in Dorset
Recent reports have come in of two Small Whites and a Painted Lady.
Painted Lady taken last year. Photo: Peter Lister.
See our Recent Sightings page to keep up with what's on the wing - remember you can always sort this list, or any of the archived lists, by the name of the butterfly to find out about a specific species.
Ponies move to Lankham
Our four Dartmoor ponies are seeing some more of Dorset. Full article on our News page.
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!
AGM coming up
The Dorset Branch AGM and Members' Afternoon is coming up on 22 March. This is a reminder that if any member wishes to raise anything, it would help if we knew in advance so we can be sure we've got a response. This is also the time when we look to elect or re-elect Committee members, so let us know if you want to nominate anybody. Contact our Chair, Jane Smith.
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)