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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

Black butterlfy with striking red and white markings
Red Admiral. Photo: Shona Refoy

White Holes listed by spreadsheet

‘White Holes’ are our term for kilometre squares where no butterflies have been reported in the current five-year recording cycle – of which 2019 is the last year. Read more...


view opf a Peacock resting on the ground showing upper wings
Peacock, Photo: Ann Barlow

Butterfly desert in Dorset?

We have had reports of Brimstones in Bournemouth, Peacocks and Painted Ladies in Poole and Read more...


Orange butterlfy with rows of brown marks
Glanville Fritillary. Photo: Mark Pike

Glanvilles in Dorset?

We have had two reports recently of Glanville Fritillaries in North Dorset! Read more...


Very tatty orange and brown butterfly on a daisy-like flower
Duke of Burgundy Photo: Simon Ford

Duke of Burgundy in Sherborne

This very tired-looking Duke of Burgundy turned up in a very surprising place: Read more...


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Dave found these on 10th June, and tells us: Found this mating pair of Poplar Hawkmoths while having a days fishing at Todber Manor lakes . This picture clearly shows the differences in size ,colour and antennae ( female holding the branch ) This species comes to light frequently and is the most widely distributedRead more... Read more...


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