We have four Butterfly Reserves in Dorset, all of which have their attractions, but Alners gathers the most attention at this time of year because of its Hairstreaks. A guided walk there on 5 August, led by Martin Warren,drew 30 people, and was described as “superb” despite showers.
As part of the Big Butterfly Count there is a photo competition, seeking photos of any of the 20 species listed in the count. Entering could give you a chance for your shot to feature in the Butterfly Conservation 2018 Calendar. Continue reading
The Big Butterfly Count this year started on 14 July and runs to 6 August, so you’ve got a few days to join in. Continue reading
Mark Pike has reported that the Brown Hairstreaks at Alners Gorse are amazingly visible at the moment.
You may well have encountered Grayling butterflies. They land on the path in front of you, take off as you approach, fly a bit further and repeat the whole process many times. But have you ever seen their upper wings? Continue reading
Brian Arnold led a group of people around the Durlston National Nature Reserve on 16 July. Continue reading
This fantastic and fun citizen science effort is with us again. It only takes 15 minutes, so please join in.
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. Continue reading
Judging by the records sent in to this website, butterflies are doing a lot better so far this year than last year. Continue reading
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. Continue reading