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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

AGM help wanted!

It’s that time again – our AGM is on Saturday 23 February. Every year we enjoy a delicious tea is provided at the AGM with cakes, scones, biscuits etc.  This, of course, needs people to produce it and also to help  Read more...

Orange butterfly iwth yellow, black and blue markings, on a white wall
Small Tortoiseshell. Photo: Shona Refoy

Small Tortoiseshell struggling in Dorset and England

Shona Refoy from Broadstone, took this lovely picture on 07/09/18, and adds the shocking statement “I was delighted to see this butterfly, my first sighting [of this species] in Dorset this year!” Read more...

LArge orange butterfly with brown veins and white spots, in a shady area
Monarch. Photo: Roger Hewitt

Monarch on Portland

Roger Hewitt tells us: "Myself and my friend Bruce turned up at Portland Observatory on the morning of Tuesday 25th September..." Read more...

Bright yellow butterfly with green eyes on a dandelion flower
Clouded Yellow. Photo: George McCabe

Autumn butterflies

The current spell of good weather, without the intense heat and drought of the summer, is bringing out the butterflies which are still on the wing at this time of year. Read more...

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view iof a mating pair of Marbled Whites on Knapweed flowers
Marbled Whites Mating, Photo: Peter Salmon

Peter spotted these mating Marbled Whites on 30/06/18  while at Bourne Park NR. Such striking butterflies and great to be able to see the golden brown underside of the female in Peter’s photograph. Read more...

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