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

White Admiral. Photo: John East

No transect walking now allowed

The coronavirus situation has progressed rapidly over the last few days and Butterfly Conservation has regretfully decided to suspend all butterfly monitoring activities until further notice. You can still record the butterflies in your garden. Read more...

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Guided walk at Cashmoor. Photo: Tom Smith

All Branch events cancelled

We regret that due to the Coronavirus, we have been instructed to cancel all Branch events for the foreseeable future. Read more...

2019 butterfly and chart silhouettes

2019 Butterfly Results for Dorset

The 2019 Butterfly Results for Dorset were due to be presented at a meeting in North Dorset on 20 March 2020 but as this meeting has now been cancelled you can read all the details, facts and figures here. Read more...

Distant view of Fontmell Down. Photo: Ian Kirk

North Dorset meeting cancelled

Due to concerns about the Coronavirus, we have cancelled the ‘Butterfly Trends in North Dorset’ meeting which was to have taken place in East Stour on 20 March. We are looking at what we can put up on the website to help fill the gap for our transect walkers in north Dorset. Read more...

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Small Copper Abberation. Photo: Andrew Martin

Andrew has sent us this photo he took on 26 March. Our records show that between 2014 and 2019 the earliest emergence date recorded for a Small Copper was 24 March and the latest emergence date when the first one was recorded was on 17 April. Read more...

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