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

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Three ponies behind an electric fence grazing on rough grass
Ponies grazing on Broadcroft. Photo: Georgie Laing

Ponies helping butterflies on Portland

For the first time since its establishment as a  butterfly reserve, Broadcroft Quarry on Portland has now got some help with the grass management. Read more...

A chocolate brown butterfly with cream markings resting on a green leaf
Speckled Wood. Photo: Ann Barlow

Speckled Wood already sighted

The Speckled Wood is not normally a very early butterfly, but one has already been sighted this year. Read more...

A blackish butterfly with white markings nectaring on a white flower
White Admiral. Photo: Donald Simcock

2022 Butterflies: first analysis of sightings

Robin George is busy analysing the butterfly records for 2022. Read more...

An orange and brown butterfly with black and white markings on a yellow and brown leaf
Red Admiral. Photo: George McCabe

November’s Butterflies

In November 2022, 223 butterflies were reported to this website: far more than in any of the previous four years, and from a good range of species. Read more...

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Recent sightings

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Photo gallery

A dark brown and blue butterfly with white and orange markings resting on the ground
Purple Emperor. Photo: Sue Law

Two photos to remind us of a warm summer day last year - both were taken by Sue on 06/07/2022. Read more...

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Species spotlight

Orange butterfly with a lot of mid brown lines and marks, plus black eyespots with small white dots in centre See profile

Wall Brown

  • Family: Browns
  • Size: Medium  Wingspan: 45mm
  • Regional priority: Medium

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