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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17 blue and brown butteflies with black and white markings on some dog poos
Chalkhill Blues. Photo: Donald Simcock

Keep your butterfly records coming!

Massive thanks to all of you who have sent in 59,128 butterfly sightings of 49 species so far this year! We would love to have even more. Don’t forget to do one (or more) 15 minute counts for the Big Butterfly Count, but think about investigating some of our White Holes, too. Read more...

Photo of Chris Packham
Chris Packham urges us all to join the Count

Big Butterfly Count 2022

This year’s Big Butterfly Count has started! It runs from 15 July to 7 August. All you have to do to take part is to look out for butterflies in your garden or local open space for 15 minutes. Read more...

Rachel Jones, Senior Ecologist at Butterfly Conservation, leading the group. Photo: Georgie Laing

Devon visit to Dorset

A group of staff and volunteers from the Devon Pebblebeds Heath Conservation Trust visited Broadcroft on 12 July.    Read more...

Two golden brown and brown butterflies on a plant flower head
Two Lulworth Skippers. Photo: Brian Arnold

BC Walk at Durlston Country Park

Brian Arnold writes: I led the Durlston Guided Walk for butterflies on 7th July for Dorset Butterfly Conservation. Read more...

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Photo gallery

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

Two brown and orange butterflies on a purple flower See profile

Small Heath

  • Family: Browns
  • Size: Small  Wingspan: 36mm
  • Regional priority: Low

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