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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September Thorn. Photo: Paul Harris

Dorset Moth website temporary closure

The Dorset Moth Group: our sister organisation, will be closing its current website on 26 January. Read more...

Bright green Hairstreak on Ragwort
Green Hairstreak. Photo: Mike Robinson

Dorset butterflies in 2021

We’ve got some preliminary result in about the butterflies seen in Dorset during 2021. Read more...

Two brown and orange butterflies wwith pale markings resting on
Grayling. Photo: Caroline Stringer

Free workshop/walk on Purbeck NNR

The Purbeck NNR (National Nature Reserve) was declared in February 2020 and is the largest area of lowland heath managed as a single reserve in England. Read more...

A red and black butterfly with white markings amongst some vegetation
Red Admiral. Photo: Dan Law

Can you spot a winter Red Admiral in Dorset?

In all the years that people have been recording butterflies in Dorset, there are only two days of the year when no-one has so far told us that they have seen a Red Admiral. Read more...

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Recent sightings

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Photo gallery

A red butterfly with black, creamy white and blue markings
Peacock. Photo: Shona Refoy

This is the first photo of a butterfly for the Gallery actually taken this year Read more...

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