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

A greenish yellow butterfly with white and brownish markings resting on a green leaf
Clouded Yellow. Photo: Brian Arnold

New butterfly record for Brian’s Garden

The appearance of a Clouded Yellow in his garden has just broken Brian’s previous record for the number of species there in a year. Read more...

View of a resting mottled grey, brown and black moth showing part of its red underwing
Light Crimson Underwing. Photo: Nigel Spring

Light Crimson Underwing at Alners Gorse

Light Crimson Underwing at Alners Gorse – the first confirmed breeding population in Dorset! Read more...

Brown butterfly with orange and white markings nectaring on a Creeping Thistle
Brown Hairstreak. Photo: Nigel Spring

Brown Hairstreaks at Alners Gorse

It’s getting quite late in the season for Brown Hairstreaks, particularly as they emerged much earlier than usual this summer – the first sighting was on 12/07/2020. Read more...

Big Butterfly Count 2020

Big Butterfly Count 2020

The annual Big Butterfly Count starts today, Friday 17th July and runs to Sunday 9th August so please help us this year to record as many butterflies as possible during this period. Read more...

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Large grey patterned moth with sky blue and black underwings
Clifdon Nonpareil. Photo: Derek Fowler

  Derek was very surprised to find this gem of a moth on the white sheet next to his Charminster garden moth trap on 9/09/20. Read more...

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