Places to see butterflies

The best sites for butterflies and moths in the wonderful county of Dorset

Site Area Grid ref.

Alners Gorse

BUTTERFLY RESERVE

North Dorset ST 736100

Badbury Rings

East Dorset
Near Wimborne

ST 957028

Broadcroft Quarry, Portland

BUTTERFLY RESERVE

South Dorset
Western side of Portland

SY 697720

Cashmoor

East Dorset
NE of Blandford Forum
ST 980139

Cerne Giant Hill

West Dorset
Near Cerne Abbas

ST 666016

Compton and Clubmen's Down

North Dorset
Near Shaftesbury
ST 885187

Duncliffe Wood

North Dorset
West of Shaftesbury

ST 826222
Durlston Country Park
Good site for Lulworth Skipper
More info at durlston.co.uk
South Dorset
Near Swanage
SZ 031773

Fontmell Down

North Dorset
Near Shaftesbury

ST 88/17

Hethfelton Wood

South Dorset
Near Wool
SY 858875

Hod Hill

East Dorset
Stourpaine, nr Blandford
ST 853113 

Kinson Common

East Dorset
Bournemouth

SZ 067960

Lankham Bottom

BUTTERFLY RESERVE

West Dorset ST 606004

Lyndlinch Common

Northwest Dorset
Near Sturminster Newton
ST 7313

Melbury Down

Northeast Dorset
Near Shaftesbury
ST 915197

Moors Valley Country Park

East Dorset Between Wimborne and Ringwood SU 107057

Perryfields

BUTTERFLY RESERVE

South Dorset
Eastern side of Portland
SY 695713

Piddles Wood

Northwest Dorset
Near Sturminster Newton
ST 7912

Portland Tout

South Dorset
Western side of Portland
SY 685724

Slop Bog LNR
More info at slopbog.org.uk
East Dorset
Near Ferndown
SU 081016 and SU 074017 (two entrances)

Southfield Down and Hog Cliff National Nature Reserve

South-central Dorset
Near Maiden Newton
SY 635968

Stonebarrow

West Dorset
Near Charmouth
SY 381932

Stour Valley

East Dorset
NW edge of Bournemouth
SZ 096958
SZ 081967
SZ 083964

Tadnoll Heath

South Dorset
Near Dorchester
SY 791875

Upton Heath

East Dorset
Near Poole
SY 989951

 

Your places

If you have any favourite butterfly/moth sites in Dorset, please recommend them to us. Send us the name of the site, its grid ref and the butterflies/moths you can see there, but please ensure there is legal public access to any site you recommend.