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

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View of a resting blue butterfly with black and white markings and white fringe to the wings
Chalkhill Blue (male). Photo: Donald Simcock

Help needed to check Chalkhill Blue sites

The Chalkhill Blue is a butterfly which gives us some concern in Dorset, where its range seems to have decreased, especially in some areas. We need help to check places where it has been previously seen. Read more...

Ornge butterfly with a lot of drk brown messy marking
Dark Green Fritillary. Photo: Shona Refoy

Dark Green Fritillary aberration

This amazing butterfly was photographed on 26 June 2021 on Fontmell Down in north Dorset. Read more...

Chestnut-coloured butterfly with striking markings on all wings
Peacock. Photo: Andrew Reekie

Big Butterfly Count is on!

It only takes 15 minutes to join in with the annual UK-wide Big Butterfly Count, which runs from 16 July to 8 August 2021. Read more...

Orange butterfly with striking markings
Glanville Fritillary. Photo: Mark Pike

Glanville Fritillaries in North Dorset

Several excellent photos of two Glanville Fritillaries – a species not expected to be found in Dorset –  were sent in to us by Mark Pike on 30 May. Read more...

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A black and white butterfly nectaring on a white bramble flower
White Admiral. Photo: Caroline Stringer

A White Admiral taken at Alners Gorse on 08/07/2021. Read more...

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