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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

Four butterflies of three species on ivy
Two Red Admirals, one Painted Lady and a Comma on ivy. Photo: George McCabe

Dorset reaches record number of members

We are delighted to announce that the Dorset Branch of Butterfly Conservation has reached the milestone of 1,000 members! A very warm welcome to all newcomers. Read more...

Small blue-grey butterfly on a purple flower
Long-tailed Blue second brood. Photo; Clive Randall

Long-tailed Blues breeding in Dorset

This small blue butterfly with ‘tails’ to its hindwings is rarely seen in the UK, but there have been a number of UK sightings this year, including ten in Dorset. We have now had news of the butterfly having bred in a garden Read more...

Map of Dorset showing butterfly sightings
White Holes map of north Dorset

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...

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View of small orange and black butterfly on deep pink Cosmos flower
Small Copper. Photo: John East

John took this photo of a Small Copper nectaring on a Cosmos flower in his Hinton St Mary Garden on 06/10/2019 but delayed publishing it in the Gallery until now to try and brighten a grey November day.  A reminder of a good butterfly summer and the hope of another one next year. Read more...

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