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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

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Sir David Attenborough launches the Big Butterfly Count 2015, at London Wetland Centre, on 17 July 2015.

It’s the Big Butterfly Count!

This fantastic and fun citizen science effort is with us again. It only takes 15 minutes, so please join in. Read more...

Greyis butterfly with white lines and an orange dot, on a leaf.
Purple Hairstreak. Photo: Malcolm Wemyss

It’s time to Hunt the Hairstreak

Dorset has four of the five Hairstreaks: the Green, the Brown, the Purple and the White-letter. The Green is out earlier in the year, but the White-letter and the Purple are out now, and we need help recording them for different reasons. Read more...

Two butterflies with pale blue underwings in mating pose
Holly Blues mating. Photo: George McCabe

Butterfly numbers up on last year

Judging by the records sent in to this website, butterflies are doing a lot better so far this year than last year. Read more...

White-letter Hairstreak on bramble flower
White-letter Hairstreak. Photo: David Simmonds

White-letter Hairstreaks are out at Alners

White-letter Hairstreaks are very rare now, as their caterpillars depend on elm, and the numbers of elm in the UK are still hugely depleted due to Dutch Elm disease. Read more...

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Marbled White. Photo Rex Bale

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