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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

Large white caterpillars
Large White Caterpillars. Photo: Wren Franklin

Caterpillars of the Large White butterfly

This photo taken by Wren Franklin near Long Burton in North Dorset on 10/01/2020 shows a very early appearance of caterpillars of the Large White Butterfly on Brassicas in an outdoor vegetable plot. Read more...

A number of people sitting in rows in a hall
At the AGM. Photo: Lyn Pullen

Branch AGM with talk by Martin Warren

Our AGM features a talk by Martin Warren, the former Chief Executive of B.C.: ‘Amazing Butterflies – New Discoveries That Will Astonish You’. All members are welcome, and if you can help by bringing a couple of things, read on. Read more...

Chalkhill Blue males
Chalkhill Blue males. Photo: Chris Griffin

2019 website records amazing!

The butterfly recordings gathered by this website reached an all-time high of 89,204 last year, being 99% up on 2018! Our very grateful thanks to anyone who sent in a sighting. Read more...

Barberry Carpet Moth
Barberry Carpet Moth. Photo: Ian Hughes

Help us conserve the Barberry Carpet Moth

Fiona Haynes, Conservation Officer for Back from the Brink and Butterfly Conservation, is appealing for help around Blandford Forum, Stourpaine, Pimperne, Durweston and Shillingstone. Read more...

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View of black, brown and reddish orange butterfly with white markings to wing tips whilst resting on yellow flower..
Red Admiral in early January. Photo: Linda Stanley

Linda sent us this super photo of a Red Admiral she saw at Upton Country Park on 03/01/2020 – this one must have been very determined to make it to 2020 whilst still looking good and was probably just waiting for a bit of warmer weather to show itself. Read more...

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