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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

Map of Dorset showing butterfly sightings

North Dorset butterfly sightings needed

North Dorset still has areas where no butterflies have been reported for five years – could you help fill the gaps? Read more...

Pony with long mane hanging down over her face
Scarface the pony. Photo: Nigel Spring

Pony found!

We are delighted to say that Scarface, the lost pony, has been found at Alners Gorse, stuck in some dense scrub. Read more...

Orange, black and white butterfly on a bright pink buddleia flower
Painted Lady. Photo: Kevin Darling-Finan

Painted Ladies all over

We are receiving a huge number of sightings of this migratory species. Read more...

Small blue-brown butterfly with tiny tails to its hind wings
Long Tailed Blu. Photo: Mark Pike 2019

Long-tailed Blue at Alners Gorse

We know our Alners Gorse Butterfly Reserve is pretty special, but we didn’t expect this! Read more...

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Large smooth greenish brown catepillar with two huge markings on head resembling eyes
Hummingbird Hawkmoth Caterpillar. Photo: Harold Gillen

Harold’s neighbour called him to her garden in Sandford on 7/09/19 to see what she had found on her fuschia plant. Read more...

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