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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

Purple Emperor – Ringwood

Purple Emperor (female). Photo: Edward Brett
Purple Emperor (female). Photo: Edward Brett

What's the most unexpected butterfly sighting you've had in your garden? Edward Brett from St Ives near Ringwood, close to the border with neighbouring Hampshire, has sent us these amazing photographs of a female Purple Emperor happily feeding on Buddleia in his garden on 10th August 2016! Read more...

Painted Lady Caterpillars

Painted Lady caterpillar. Photo: Dave Law
Painted Lady caterpillar. Photo: Dave Law

Dave Law brings us this exciting news: “A walk along the Dorset coast from Ringstead Bay to Durdle Door revealed the offspring of the Painted Lady feeding on thistles . Virtually every clump revealed near fully grown larvae.  Prepare for a summer emergence in the next 2-3 weeks!” Read more...

Big Butterfly Count 15 July to 7 August

Sir David Attenborough holding up a Big Butterfly Count form
Sir David Attenborough holding up a Big Butterfly Count form

Help us make this the biggest count ever. Just spend 15 minutes in your garden or local green space counting butterflies and tell us what you saw. Of couse, you can always go to different places and do more than one count! Read more...

Come and join the Dorset Butterfly Race!

Gatekeeper. Photo: John Van Crugten

Join us for the 2016 Dorset Butterfly Race.

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Orange Tip being eaten by a crab spider
Orange Tip being eaten by a crab spider. Photo: Ann and Gordon Cryer

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