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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

Orange butterfly iwth yellow, black and blue markings, on a white wall
Small Tortoiseshell. Photo: Shona Refoy

Small Tortoiseshell struggling in Dorset and England

Shona Refoy from Broadstone, took this lovely picture on 07/09/18, and adds the shocking statement “I was delighted to see this butterfly, my first sighting [of this species] in Dorset this year!” Read more...


LArge orange butterfly with brown veins and white spots, in a shady area
Monarch. Photo: Roger Hewitt

Monarch on Portland

Roger Hewitt tells us: Myself and my friend Bruce turned up at Portland Observatory on the morning of Tuesday 25th September Read more...


Bright yellow butterfly with green eyes on a dandelion flower
Clouded Yellow. Photo: George McCabe

Autumn butterflies

The current spell of good weather, without the intense heat and drought of the summer, is bringing out the butterflies which are still on the wing at this time of year. Read 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...


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view of a very wet Large White Caterpillar about to pupate
Large White Caterpillar. Photo: Ann Barlow

Ann tells us that on 2/11/18 she noticed this Large White Caterpillar in her garden, looking like it was ready to pupate. All its foodplants had died in the overnight frosts so she is hoping it will survive. Read more...


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