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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

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Latest Branch Newsletter out!

The Spring 2019 Newsletter is now out! If you are a member and have a printed copy, it should have arrived. If you have opted for an electronic copy, you should have received an e-mail pointing you at the right web page to find it. Read more...

Blue butterfly with its wings open
Common Blue. Photo: Mel Bray

Could you look for butterflies twice a year?

One of the nationwide schemes for seeing how butterflies are doing is the “Wider Countryside Scheme” (WCS). We need volunteers to walk the following areas Read more...

Butterfly with open, orange, wings, mating with one seen sidways, which is pale brown
Wall Browns, mating. Photo: Paul Swann

Sightings on website

There has been a delay in verifying theĀ  sightings sent in over the last two days, due to problems at our website provider. All seems to be back to normal, but there are 73 records awaiting verification: Read more...

Map showing where Orange Tips have been reported since 2015

Now paint Dorset orange!

We asked you recently to paint Dorset yellow by reporting Brimstones – now we want you to look out for Orange Tips as well! The map shows Read more...

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Small butterfly wiht brown markings on a mainly orange background
Duke of Burgundy ab. gracilans. Photo: Mark Pike

Mark tells us he has seen this aberration at Giant Hill (Cerne Abbas) for the last two or three years, but this is the first decent shot he has been able to get of it. It is much more orange than the usual Duke. Read more...

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