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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Common Blue. Photo: Clive Hill

Cycle JOGLE for butterflies

Wren and Fred Franklin are now pedalling from John O’Groats to Lands End to raise money for Dorset’s butterflies. Fred has just sent us an update: Read more...

Duke of Burgundy. Photo: Clive Hill

The Dukes are back at Cerne Abbas

Clive Hill has recently been searching the slopes near the Cerne Abbas Giant for a sighting of the Duke of Burgundy in its the main Dorset stronghold. Read more...

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Wren and Fred in training

Fundraising butterfly cycle ride coming closer…

At the end of May, Wren and Fred Franklin are cycling ove 1,000 miles to raise funds for the Dorset Branch of Butterfly Conservation. They have recently filled us in on their training schedule Read more...

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Orange Tip. Photo: Shona Refoy

Great Dorset Butterfly Scramble

If you want something different to do on 8 May, why not sign up for our Great Dorset Butterfly Scramble, which is Read more...

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Recent sightings

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Photo gallery

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Common Blue. Photo: Kate Chant

"First day of seeing the Common Blues at Corfe Mullen Meadows today, 24/05/2023" Read more...

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Species spotlight

view of two Silver-washed Fritillariesnectaring on bramble flowers See profile

Silver-washed Fritillary

  • Family: Fritillaries and Metalmarks
  • Size: Large  Wingspan: 74mm
  • Regional priority: Low

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