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Work on Lankham Butterfly Reserve

A group of people in a field, with the dip of a pit in front of them; two are holding cutting equipment and there is a bonfire
Work party at Lankham chalkpit

A team of BC and EuCAN volunteers are working alongside contractors with powertools to clear the former chalkpit on the north side of the Butterfly Conservation Butterfly Reserve at Lankham Bottom. Continue reading

Working together to protect the Silver-studded Blue

Silver-studded Blue (male). Photo: Matt Berry
Silver-studded Blue (male). Photo: Matt Berry

Butterfly Conservation’s Conservation Officer, Rachel Jones, has revealed how working alongside the Dorset Wildlife Trust on the beautiful Isle of Portland has helped to protect the Silver-studded Blue butterfly. Continue reading

Convolvulus Hawkmoth caterpillar – Autumnwatch

Convolvulus Hawkmoth caterpillar on BBC Autumnwatch
Convolvulus Hawkmoth caterpillar on BBC Autumnwatch

A fantastic and rare find by  Dominic Greves ascended to wildlife televisual stardom on the BBC’s Autumnwatch 2016, in the the form of a Convolvulus Hawkmoth caterpillar! Continue reading

Butterflies in autumn

Speckled Wood. Photo: Tim Melling
Speckled Wood. Photo: Tim Melling

It’s possible to see up to 10 butterfly species in October here in Dorset and with few wildflowers in bloom at this time of year, butterflies are more likely to visit gardens for that vital drink of nectar. Continue reading

Big Butterfly Count 2016 – the results

Comma. Photo: Andrew Cooper
Comma. Photo: Andrew Cooper

Common butterflies saw their numbers collapse over the summer despite the UK experiencing weather conditions that usually help them to thrive, results from the Big Butterfly Count have revealed. Continue reading

2015 Butterfly Report

Example of a double page spread from the report

You can find out how the butterflies of Dorset fared during 2015 from our Annual Butterfly Report, available on our Butterfly Reports page. 36 pages, now in full colour! See whether it was a good butterfly year or not, and which species fared well or badly. Continue reading