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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

Small blue-grey butterfly on a purple flower
Long-tailed Blue second brood. Photo; Clive Randall

Long-tailed Blues breeding in Dorset

This small blue butterfly with ‘tails’ to its hindwings is rarely seen in the UK, but there have been a number of UK sightings this year, including ten in Dorset. We have now had news of the butterfly having bred in a garden Read more...


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North Dorset butterfly sightings needed

North Dorset still has areas where no butterflies have been reported for five years – could you help fill the gaps? Read more...


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Scarface the pony. Photo: Nigel Spring

Pony found!

We are delighted to say that Scarface, the lost pony, has been found at Alners Gorse, stuck in some dense scrub. Read more...


Orange, black and white butterfly on a bright pink buddleia flower
Painted Lady. Photo: Kevin Darling-Finan

Painted Ladies all over

We are receiving a huge number of sightings of this migratory species. Read more...


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Clouded Yellow. Photo: Mike Kirby

Mike sent in this photo of a Clouded Yellow he and his partner saw at Southbourne on 15/09/2019 adding that he was aware that they had been reported here about a week ago and that he had seen them in the past along the cliffs. Read more...


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