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

Clouded Yellow. Photo: James Phillips

Helice Clouded Yellow at Alners Gorse

Although 2020 cannot really be described as a Clouded Yellow year (not like those amazing influxes we have witnessed in some previous years), we have had so many reports of Clouded Yellows sent into the Dorset branch website recently that reported sightings of the species were more numerous in mid October than for any other species. Read more...

A greenish yellow butterfly with white and brownish markings resting on a green leaf
Clouded Yellow. Photo: Brian Arnold

New butterfly record for Brian’s Garden

The appearance of a Clouded Yellow in his garden has just broken Brian’s previous record for the number of species there in a year. Read more...

View of a resting mottled grey, brown and black moth showing part of its red underwing
Light Crimson Underwing. Photo: Nigel Spring

Light Crimson Underwing at Alners Gorse

Light Crimson Underwing at Alners Gorse – the first confirmed breeding population in Dorset! Read more...

Brown butterfly with orange and white markings nectaring on a Creeping Thistle
Brown Hairstreak. Photo: Nigel Spring

Brown Hairstreaks at Alners Gorse

It’s getting quite late in the season for Brown Hairstreaks, particularly as they emerged much earlier than usual this summer – the first sighting was on 12/07/2020. Read more...

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An orange and brown butterfly with black markings resting in the grass
Wall. Photo: Shona Refoy

Shona seized the moment to capture this remarkable photo of a Wall Read more...

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