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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

Grayling upper wings

You may well have encountered Grayling butterflies. They land on the path in front of you, take off as you approach, fly a bit further and repeat the whole process many times. But have you ever seen their upper wings? Read more...


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Part of the group walking Durlston. Photo: Brian Arnold

Durlston Walk

Brian Arnold led a group of people around the Durlston National Nature Reserve on 16 July. Read more...


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Sir David Attenborough launches the Big Butterfly Count 2015, at London Wetland Centre, on 17 July 2015.

It’s the Big Butterfly Count!

This fantastic and fun citizen science effort is with us again. It only takes 15 minutes, so please join in. Read more...


Greyis butterfly with white lines and an orange dot, on a leaf.
Purple Hairstreak. Photo: Malcolm Wemyss

It’s time to Hunt the Hairstreak

Dorset has four of the five Hairstreaks: the Green, the Brown, the Purple and the White-letter. The Green is out earlier in the year, but the White-letter and the Purple are out now, and we need help recording them for different reasons. Read more...


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