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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


Good news about Marsh Fritillaries

Marsh Fritillary resting on grass with its wings open
Marsh Fritillary. Photo: Nigel Spring

A short, but very sweet note has come in from our Reserves Manager, Nigel Spring: Read more...


Butterfly identification workshop a great success

Small Heath

Bill Shreeves led his annual butterfly identification workshop on 23 May. He reports on the outdoor part of the workshop, on Compton Down. Read more...


Up to 28 species so far this year

Side view of a Ringlet butterfly, with very clear rings
Female Ringlet. Photo: Ken Dolbear

See which butterflies have taken to the wing in Dorset during May Read more...


Cerne Giant Hill walkabout enjoyed by over 40 visitors

Two Duke of Burgundy butterflies, back to back in mating position
Duke of Burgundy, mating. Photo: Mark Pike

On 17 May butterfly enthusiasts travelled from across Dorset as well as from Devon and London to join a guided walk over the ancient chalk downland above Cerne Abbas. They were rewarded with the sighting of eighteen species, one of the most significant of which was the Duke of Burgundy Read 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...


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Speckled Yellow Moth. Photo: Mel Bray



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