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

Grey and red Cinnabar moth with its wings open
Cinnabar Moth. Photo: Mel Bray

Moth Night 2021

This year’s Moth Night(s) will be 8-10 July and will have the theme of reedbeds and wetlands, though records of night and day flying moths of all sorts will be most welcome. Read more...

A reddish orange, black and brow butterfly with white markings resting on green nettle leaves
Red Admiral. Photo: George McCabe

Early butterflies of 2021

Butterflies are seen throughout the year in Dorset, admittedly only in small numbers, during the winter months, but there were unusually few reports of any sightings in January this year. Read more...

A red butterfly with black, white and blue markings nectaring on a reddish orange flower
Peacock. Photo: Ann Barlow

Brighten up February!

February can always be a difficult time of year, but 2021 has extra problems, so why not cheer yourself up by having a look at our Gallery page? Read more...

Gold and orange moth with spots
Gold Spot moth. Photo: Mark Pike

Dorset Moth Atlas published

The ‘Provisional atlas of the larger moths of Dorset’ compiled by Les Evans-Hill has now been published. Read more...

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Brown and black butterfly with white markings resting on the ground
Purple Emperor. Photo: John Woodruff

John was one of the fortunate few to see and photograph the Purple Emperor at Garston Wood in June (photo taken on 23/06/2020) and one of his photos showing it with wings open was added to the Gallery at that time. Read more...

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