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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

Help us fill the butterfly recording gaps

We need you to report all your butterfly sightings in Dorset, but there are some areas where we particularly need you to look. Read more...

Holly Blue on the way up?

Holly Blue butterfly on a leaf, showing pale underside and a little of the black band of the edge around the top side of the wings
Holly Blue. Photo: Nigel Tooth

The Holly Blue always goes through a cycle of boom and bust. Dorset sightings make us hope we're heading for boom times. Read more...

Wall Brown seen

Wall butterfly with wings open, sunning itself on some stones
Wall Brown. Photo: M V Pike

The 18th species on the wing in Dorset is the Wall Brown. Read more...

17 species out!

Just in case you haven't discovered our First Sightings page yet, this is the current state of play in Dorset. Read more...

Dingy and Grizzled Skippers now on the wing

Grizzed Skipper - a very small dark brown and whtie butterfly - perched on old grass stalk
Dingy Skipper. Photo: John Woodruff

Hod Hill is winning the accolades for first sightings at the moment – though it might be first sightings of butterfly-seekers rather than butterflies!  Read more...

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Speckled wood pupa
Speckled Wood pupa. Photo: Andrew Cooper

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