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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Marsh Fritillary third instar larvae. Photo: Martin Warren

Finding Marsh Fritillary nests

Martin Warren, ex Chief Executive of Butterfly Conservation, recently led a training day on counting the webs in which Marsh Fritillary caterpillars grow. Read more...

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Seed collecting on Perryfields Butterfly Reserve. Photo: Donald Simcock

Butterfly Reserve provides seed for wildlife

Butterfly Conservation volunteers joined forces with Dorset Wildlife Trust volunteers recently to harvest seed from Perryfields, one of Butterfly Conservation’s Reserves on Portland. Read more...

View of a resting blue butterfly with black and white markings and white fringe to the wings
Chalkhill Blue (male). Photo: Donald Simcock

Help needed to check Chalkhill Blue sites

The Chalkhill Blue is a butterfly which gives us some concern in Dorset, where its range seems to have decreased, especially in some areas. We need help to check places where it has been previously seen. Read more...

Ornge butterfly with a lot of drk brown messy marking
Dark Green Fritillary. Photo: Shona Refoy

Dark Green Fritillary aberration

This amazing butterfly was photographed on 26 June 2021 on Fontmell Down in north Dorset. Read more...

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Silver Y. Photo: Kevin Denham

"I spotted this well camouflaged Silver Y moth hiding in a sage bush in my garden this afternoon. It seems to have been a very good year for Silver Y’s having seen several in the garden this summer" Read more...

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