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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

Bright blue butterfly on a pink flower
Adonis Blue. Photo: James Gould

Martin Down walk

A walk on Martin Down National Nature Reserve on 13/08/2017 found 19 species including this gorgeous second brood Adonis Blue. Read more...


Samll orangey-brown butterfly on a dandelion-like flower
Lulworth Skipper. Photo: Mark Pike

The unpredictable Lulworth Skipper

The Lulworth Skipper is a butterfly which is only found in Dorset in the UK, though it does exist in some of Europe and further afield. Mark Pike was surprised to photograph this fresh one in mid-August. Read more...


A group of people looking up into the trees, with some pointing
Guided walk at Alners Gorse. Photo: Martin Warren.

Alners comes up trumps again

We have four Butterfly Reserves in Dorset, all of which have their attractions, but Alners gathers the most attention at this time of year because of its Hairstreaks. Martin Warren led a "superb" guided walk there on 5 August. Read more...


Comma butterfly sitting in the middle of an orange day lily flower
Comma. Photo: Brian Arnold

Photo competition

As part of the Big Butterfly Count there is a photo competition, seeking photos of any of the 20 species listed in the count. Entering could give you a chance for your shot to feature in the Butterfly Conservation 2018 Calendar. Read more...


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Black moth with red spots on a mauve scabious flower
Six-spot Burnet moth. Photo: Maurice Budden

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