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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


Spot our 20th species

The very small Small Blue on a leaf
Small Blue. Photo: Mark Pike

We have now had 19 species reported to the website this year: could you spot the 20th? Read more...


Special event at Alners Gorse

Gateway to a track leading down between lines of trees.
Entrance to Alners Gorse. Photo: Lyn Pullen

We’ve got a really special event coming up at our Alners Gorse Butterfly Reserve on 7 & 8 May, combining butterflies, moths and nightingales! Read more...


Small Copper is latest of sixteen species now out

Side view of a Small Copper on the end of a brown grass seed head
Small Coppper. Photo: Chris Becker (2013)

First sightings are now coming in thick and fast – what a wonderful time of year this is! Read more...


Rare moth seen during Alners walk

A very small moth with amazingly long antennae
Adela cuprella moth. Photo: Caroline Stringer

13 people met at our Alners Gorse Butterfly Reserve on Saturday April 16th for an introduction to the butterfly transect there. The temperature barely broke into double figures and the ground was uncomfortably muddy. Read more...


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Peacock at Badbury Rings. Photo: Penny Hawes


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