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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

Two exotic butterflies on bright yellow flowers
Two Monarch butterflies.

Butterfly weddings

No, butterflies don’t marry, but did you know some humans release butterflies at weddings (and funerals) as part of the ceremony? Butterfly releases like this give Butterfly Conservation, as a wildlife charity, cause for concern. Read more...

view of Geranium Bronze butterfly on a daisy
Geranium Bronze. Photo: Colin Lamont

First Geranium Bronze in Dorset?

Colin Lamont found this butterfly in his garden at Verwood, where it continued to appear from 20/08/17 to 31/08/2017. Colin did not at first realise how unusual a sighting it was. Read more...

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Help Butterfly Conservation while you shop

There is an easy way of giving money to Butterfly Conservation, but use it carefully to get the best results. Read more...

Two moths hovering on either side of a buddliea flower spike
Humming-bird Hawk-moth. Photo: John Van Crugten

Humming-bird Hawk-moths

Keep your eye out for the Humming-bird Hawk-moth, which looks like a tiny humming bird. Read more...

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Cuckoo sitting on a branch with a green caterpillar dangling from its beak
Cuckoo and Large White Caterpillar. Photo: Lyn Pullen

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