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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Dorset Butterflies Calendar – 2023

Special edition Dorset BC Branch Calendar for 2023

Something very special is now available from the Dorset Branch of Butterfly Conservation. Read more...

View of a green butterfly resting on a green plant
Green Hairstreak at Ryewater. Photo: Wren Franklin

Dorset Branch AGM

Our branch AGM is going to take place on Saturday 8 October 8 in the Dorford Centre at the Top O’Town in Dorchester, starting at 2pm. Read more...

Identifying the moths at Ryewater (moth event 13.08.2022)

Moth event at Ryewater Nursery, 13 August 2022

There was a very good turnout for the annual moth trapping session and guided walk at Ryewater Nursery on 13/08/2022 with a bumper number of species including some new ones for the site. Read more...

a Hummingbird Hawkmoth hovering at red Valerian flowers
Hummingbird Hawkmoth. Photo: Michelle Carr

A moth like a hummingbird

If you have seen what looks like a tiny hummingbird in your garden, it is actually a Hummingbird Hawk-moth. Quite a few are being seen around Dorset, and we have been sent Read more...

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A red and dark brown butterfly with black and white markings on a red apple
Red Admiral. Photo: Penny Hawes

This eye catching photo from Penny was taken by her at Holme for Gardens on 25/11/2022 – it could perhaps be titled ‘Red on Red’. Read more...

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Species spotlight

White butterfly, with faint grey markings; side view. See profile

Wood White

  • Family: Whites
  • Size: Small  Wingspan: 42mm
  • Regional priority: High

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