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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

Barberry Carpet Moth
Barberry Carpet Moth. Photo: Ian Hughes

Help us conserve the Barberry Carpet Moth

Fiona Haynes, Conservation Officer for Back from the Brink and Butterfly Conservation, is appealing for help around Blandford Forum, Stourpaine, Pimperne, Durweston and Shillingstone. Read more...

Four butterflies of three species on ivy
Two Red Admirals, one Painted Lady and a Comma on ivy. Photo: George McCabe

Dorset reaches record number of members

We are delighted to announce that the Dorset Branch of Butterfly Conservation has reached the milestone of 1,000 members! A very warm welcome to all newcomers. Read more...

Small blue-grey butterfly on a purple flower
Long-tailed Blue second brood. Photo; Clive Randall

Long-tailed Blues breeding in Dorset

This small blue butterfly with ‘tails’ to its hindwings is rarely seen in the UK, but there have been a number of UK sightings this year, including ten in Dorset. We have now had news of the butterfly having bred in a garden Read more...

Map of Dorset showing butterfly sightings
White Holes map of north Dorset

North Dorset butterfly sightings needed

North Dorset still has areas where no butterflies have been reported for five years – could you help fill the gaps? Read more...

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A male and Female Silver studded Blue feeding on a a bramble flower both showing the underwings with the silver blue studs that give it its name
Silver-studded Blues. Photo: Mark Pike

Mark sent us this photo of a male and female Silver-studded Blue sharing bramble flowers at Slop Bog on 29/06/19. Read more...

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