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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

view of a Large Skipper nectaring on a pink flower
Large Skipper. Photo: Penny Hawes

Newsletter stuffers wanted

Butterfly Conservation HQ needs help with envelope stuffing for various branches’ newsletters. Read more...

Two pale brown and orange butterflies in mating position
Meadow Browns mating

Little Bredy walk

There were five miles, ten people and around fifteen butterfly species on our Littlebredy butterfly walk on 4th August. This was in conjunction with the South Dorset Ridgeway Project. Read more...

Second brood Dingy Skippers

Brian Arnold sent us the above photo, taken on 14 August. Dingy Skippers are usually around in May and June Read more...

view of a Male Common Blue nectaring on a white flower with wings fully open
Common Blue. Photo: Michael Skelton

Butterfly statistics

We are seeing some interesting statistics coming out of the butterfly sightings reported to this website. Read more...

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view of a Small copper , aberration sitting on a Black eyed Susan flower
Small Copper, aberration. Photo: Mark Pike

Mark photographed this Small Copper in his Motcombe garden, on 9/09/18. This aberration showing blue spots is named Caeruleopunctata, and when it is found it is often noticed that a small colony of Small Coppers will be found with these extra spots in the same location. Read more...

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