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

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Green Hairstreak at Ryewater. Photo: Wren Franklin

Dorset Branch AGM

Our branch AGM is going to take place on Saturday 8 October 8 in the Dorford Centre at the Top O’Town in Dorchester, starting at 2pm. We had to postpone it from the spring because of Covid concerns and now will be hoping to get back to a real meeting which people enjoy so muchRead more... Read more...

Identifying the moths at Ryewater (moth event 13.08.2022)

Moth event at Ryewater Nursery, 13 August 2022

There was a very good turnout for the annual moth trapping session and guided walk at Ryewater Nursery on 13/08/2022 with a bumper number of species including some new ones for the site. Read more...

a Hummingbird Hawkmoth hovering at red Valerian flowers
Hummingbird Hawkmoth. Photo: Michelle Carr

A moth like a hummingbird

If you have seen what looks like a tiny hummingbird in your garden, it is actually a Hummingbird Hawk-moth. Quite a few are being seen around Dorset, and we have been sent Read more...

Kingcombe Stones in a heatwave. Photo: Steve Brown 2022

Where do butterflies go in a heatwave?

Steve Brown has described the effects of the extreme heat we have been having on one of the butterfly monitoring walks he does. Read more...

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Fighter Squadron. Photo: Mark Pike

After another overnight moth trapping session at Motcombe on 18/07/22 Mark sent us this wonderful display of Hawkmoths amusingly naming it the Fighter Squadron. Read more...

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Species spotlight

Side view of a butterfly with brown underwings which have a zig-zag white line and orange markings on the edge. See profile

White-letter Hairstreak

  • Family: Coppers and Hairstreaks
  • Size: Small  Wingspan: 36mm
  • Regional priority: Medium

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