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

Chestnut brown butterfly with big eye spots, on a silver birch trunk
Peacock. Photo: Maurice Budden 28 Feb 2021

Butterfly year hotting up

We had a very slow start to the year in terms of butterfly sightings, but as we head for the end of the first week of March, things are starting to improve. Read more...

People sitting in a hall

Vacancy – Membership Secretary needed

Robin George is stepping down from the post of Membership Secretary, so we need somebody to take on this important voluntary role, which needs computer skills, but can be done mainly from home. Read more...

Map showing all places butterflies recorded in 2015-19

Latest Dorset Butterfly Atlas now out!

Take nearly a million butterfly records and some amazing work by our Dorset number crunchers and what do you get? We are proud to announce the answer is: the latest Dorset Butterfly Atlas! Read 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...

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A resting orange butterfly with black and yellow markings
Large Tortoiseshell. Photo: Mark Eggleton

Mark sent us this super photo of a Large Tortoiseshell he saw on Portland on Saturday 27/02/2021 adding Read more...

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