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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

Pony ‘lookers’ wanted

Ponies grazing Rooksmoor
Ponies grazing Rooksmoor. Photo: Nigel Spring

Reserves manager Nigel Spring requests your help to monitor our ponies at Alners Gorse and Rooksmoor in north Dorset. Read more...

Big Butterfly Hike: Update

Celebrations with friends and colleagues

Butterfly Conservation's Dr Martin Warren has completed his Big Butterfly Hike, walking over 105 miles to save 3 threatened species of butterfly. Find out how he got on! Read more...

Last butterfly of the Dorset year is out

Silver-spotted Skipper
Silver-spotted Skipper. Photo: Mark V Pike

A sighting of the Silver-spotted Skipper was reported to this website on 8 August, completing the list of butterflies we are likely to see in Dorset this year. Read more...

Count butterflies in a field full of buddleias

Buddlia flowers with three Red Admiral butterflies on them
Red admirals on buddleia

Fancy a lazy afternoon counting butterflies in a field full of buddleias? We can help! Read more...

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Brimstone butterfly
Brimstone butterfly and bee in the walled gardens at Upton House, Poole on 15 August. Photo: Penny Hawes

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