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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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The Big Butterfly Count is here!

The annual Big Butterfly Count started on 19 July and runs to 11 August. Help us to record as many butterflies as possible during this period: the full details on how to do it are at Read more...


Group of people looking at moths.
Group examining the moth catch. Photo: Wren Franklin.

Visit to Ryewater Nursery

Wren Franklin tells us about the moth and butterfly event at Ryewater Nursery on 12/13 July. Read more...


a blue male and brown female butterfly both with orange spots and blue studs mating
Silver-studded Blues mating. Photo: Mel Bray

Butterflies reported to the website breaking records

Compared to last year, most of this year has been better, though mid-June was actually down on last year’s totals. However, the recent spell of sunny weather has changed that with numbers being up by 38% Read more...


Orange butterfly with a lot of black and yellow marks, plus blue dots round the edge
Small Tortoiseshell. Photo: Dave Law

Buddleia butterflies coming out

We have had some comments about the lack of butterflies this year, which isn’t true statistically, but we agree the species we see in our gardens have been lacking recently. However, Dave Law sends us heartening news. Read more...


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tan and White butterfly with black dots on underwings taking minerals from bird poo
White Admiral. Photo: Mel Bray

Mel tells us he went to Queens Copse on 26/06/19 and saw this White Admiral extracting minerals from a bird dropping.  This species has only recently emerged and should be on the wing until the end of August. Read more...


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