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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

Nearly a Million Butterflies Counted in last five years

Two Small Tortoiseshells, one open-winged, the other closed
Small Tortoiseshells. These butterflies seem to be doing rather better as we start our new five-year recording cycle.

Thanks to the fantastic efforts of large numbers of volunteers, plus very welcome contributions from the general public, over the last five years we have counted nearly one million butterflies in Dorset over the last five years. Read more...

Help us fill the butterfly recording gaps

We need you to report all your butterfly sightings in Dorset, but there are some areas where we particularly need you to look. Read more...

Holly Blue on the way up?

Holly Blue butterfly on a leaf, showing pale underside and a little of the black band of the edge around the top side of the wings
Holly Blue. Photo: Nigel Tooth

The Holly Blue always goes through a cycle of boom and bust. Dorset sightings make us hope we're heading for boom times. Read more...

Wall Brown seen

Wall butterfly with wings open, sunning itself on some stones
Wall Brown. Photo: M V Pike

The 18th species on the wing in Dorset is the Wall Brown. Read more...

17 species out!

Just in case you haven't discovered our First Sightings page yet, this is the current state of play in Dorset. Read more...

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Speckled wood pupa
Speckled Wood pupa. Photo: Andrew Cooper

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