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

Possible website problem with photos sent in for the Gallery

We have recently discovered a possible issue regarding photos sent by email to our website at [email protected] Read more...

a golden brown butterfly on grass stems showing the paw print features on upper forewings
Lulworth Skipper. Photo: Harold Gillen

Lulworth Skipper conundrum

Marion lives in Preston and is very used to seeing Lulworth Skippers nectaring on Valerian in her garden but since 2016 she has noticed a large number of them regularly settling on the white painted back wall of her house and wonders why there? Read more...

Orange butterfly with dark markings, with its wings spread
Large Tortoiseshell. Photo: Mike Gibbons

Large Tortoiseshells – exciting news from Portland

Evidence of Large Tortoiseshell eggs & larvae has been found on Portland – the first time they have been detected wild in the UK for 70 years! Read more...

Brown butterfly with white line and orange spots and a small tail, on a thistle flower
White-letter Hairstreak. Photo: Brian Arnold

Elms and White-letter Hairstreaks – update from Nigel Spring

Can you help us consolidate the good progress made with the Elm tree records in Dorset following Nigel Spring's recent appeal for help finding Elm trees? Read more...

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Brown and white moth with red underwings
Garden Tiger moth. Photo: Caroline Stringer

An unmistakable moth though the pattern of dark brown spots and blotches varies greatly and no to moths are exactly alike. Read more...

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