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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


Support needed for EU petition

The mention of EU legislation probably has you yawning, but some of it can be crucially important for our wildlife. The following message comes from Dr Nigel Bourn, Director of Science and Policy for Butterfly Conservation. Read more...


Dorset congratulated on its butterfly counting

The Dorset Branch of Butterfly Conservation has received an accolade from the national Butterfly Conservation society for its recording in 2014 Read more...


Lots of Painted Ladies heading our way?

Painted Lady butterfly with its proboscis into one of the flowers of a head of purple chive flowers
Painted Lady. Photo: Lyn Pullen

We could be having another mass migration of Painted Ladies next month - keep your binoculars handy! Read more...


Marsh Fritillary and Adonis Blue out

Marsh Fritillary with wings open, showing very fresh markings
Marsh Fritillary. Photo: Derek Fowler

There are now 23 species out in Dorset – see our First Sightings page for the full list. Read more...


Latest Branch Newsletter out

The latest Branch Newsletter is out - read the full article for an explanation of how it gets to you, as well as a taste of what's in it. Read more...


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Speckled Yellow moth hanging underneath a bluebell flower

Speckled Yellow Moth. Photo: Mel Bray



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