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

Big Butterfly Count 2020

Big Butterfly Count 2020

The annual Big Butterfly Count starts today, Friday 17th July and runs to Sunday 9th August so please help us this year to record as many butterflies as possible during this period. Read more...

Possible website problem with photos sent in for the Gallery

We have recently discovered a possible issue regarding photos sent by email to our website at [email protected] Read more...

a golden brown butterfly on grass stems showing the paw print features on upper forewings
Lulworth Skipper. Photo: Harold Gillen

Lulworth Skipper conundrum

Marion lives in Preston and is very used to seeing Lulworth Skippers nectaring on Valerian in her garden but since 2016 she has noticed a large number of them regularly settling on the white painted back wall of her house and wonders why there? Read more...

Orange butterfly with dark markings, with its wings spread
Large Tortoiseshell. Photo: Mike Gibbons

Large Tortoiseshells – exciting news from Portland

Evidence of Large Tortoiseshell eggs & larvae has been found on Portland – the first time they have been detected wild in the UK for 70 years! Read more...

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View of a blue butterfly with black and white markings an white fringe to the wings resting on
Chalkhill Blue. Photo: Edmund Mackrill

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