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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

view of a Peacock sunning on rocks with wings open wide
Peacock. Photo: Martin East

Avoiding duplicate recording

Thanks to everyone who has sent in butterfly records so far this year – we’ve heard about 1,582 butterflies of 17 species already – and that’s just via the website! We also gather records from: Read more...


view of a pair of mating Small Coppers
Small Coppers. Photo: Andy Martin

March butterflies take Dorset up to 15 species

Butterfly numbers still appear to be well up on last year. Read more...


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Marsh Fritillary larval web in oak leaves. Photo: Nigel Spring

How do Marsh Fritillary larvae survive the cold?

Kathy Henderson has been keeping a watchful eye on some of the Marsh Fritillary larval webson the Butterfly Conservation Reserve at Alners Gorse Read more...


Orange buttefly with dark markings and some blue spots on the hindwings
Large Tortoiseshell. Photo: Andy Martin

Large Tortoiseshells seen on Portland

We have had seven reports of a Large Tortoiseshell in Tout Quarry on Portland. To date we are sure there are two individual butterflies. Read more...


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Small Copper. Abb. Photo: Andy Martin

Andy found this Small Copper aberration at Ulwell, on 11/04/19 Read more...


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