‘White Holes’ is a Dorset term for kilometer squares where no butterfly has been reported in the current five-year cycle of recording. We are now in year three of the 2015-19 cycle, so we are starting to get a feel for where more recording effort is needed. Continue reading
Our Records Officer, Bill Shreeves, has done a magnificent job taking both a long-term and short-term view of our records from 1970 to 2014, showing how the various species have fared in Dorset. Each species has a distribution map of sightings between 2010 and 2014, followed by information showing population trends.
This is still a work in progress. We will be adding Dorset flight-time charts soon, and Bill is working on further ways of illustrating trends, and hopefully we may be able to crunch the numbers to achieve some abundance data, too.
Ken Dolbear tells us that the Small Blue is now on the wing at Bottom Combe, on Portland. Continue reading
The UK is home to 24 million gardens and Butterfly Conservation working alongside B&Q want to help people get the most out of them by welcoming nature into their gardens. Continue reading
The warmth and sunshine on Saturday 18th February brought in reports of 13 butterflies. Continue reading
Tuesday February 7th, Lankham Bottom Butterfly Reserve: a beautiful almost spring-like day and possibly the earliest recorded date for Marsh Fritillary larvae on this site sunning themselves in a cluster on the southwest facing slopes of the reserve. Continue reading
There are a lot of wonderful butterfly and moth pictures on this website. But what about the shots that failed? Go to our Gallery page to see some, and see whether you have something even better – or should that be worse?
Consider yourself invited to our regional meetings, at which Bill Shreeves will give us his analysis of the 2016 butterfly year. Continue reading
The Brimstone moth is not supposed to be on the wing until April. Continue reading