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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

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...


Small blue-brown butterfly with tiny tails to its hind wings
Long Tailed Blu. Photo: Mark Pike 2019

Long-tailed Blue at Alners Gorse

We know our Alners Gorse Butterfly Reserve is pretty special, but we didn’t expect this! Read more...


Orange butterlfy with black and white wing ends
Painted Lady. Photo: Luc Mitchem

Last day to do your Big Butterfly Count

The national Big Butterfly Count ends on Sunday 11 August. The number of counts sent in stands at 95,262, so please help us reach the 100,000! Read more...


A browny blue butterfly with small tails to its hind wings
Long-tailed Blue. Photo: Adrian Flynn

Long-tailed Blue spotted in Dorset

Adrian Flynn has reported a Long-tailed Blue to us, complete with photos. This is only the 10th Dorset record since 2010. Read more...


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soft brown underwings of a butterfly with orange and black spots in white rings , drying wings after emergence by resting on a dried flowerhead
Chalkhill Blue. Photo: Mark Pike

Mark commented that this female Chalkhill Blue, seen at Fontmell Down on 5/08/19 was still drying its wings after emergence from the pupa. Read more...


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