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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

A dead oak leaf rolled into a cylinder, held together with a web
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 webs 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...

Butterflies galore

The exceptionally mild weather of the last few days (this is being written on 26 February) has taken our sightings-so-far-this-year to an incredible level. Read more...

view of a Brimstone resting on the woodland floor
Brimstone taken 17 February 2019. Photo: Penny Hawes

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Orange butterfly with dark markings, with its wings spread
Large Tortoiseshell. Photo: Mike Gibbons

Mike found this Large Tortoiseshell at Tout Quarry on 26/02/19. He tells us it was sunning itself on the rocks and was one of two seen. Read more...

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