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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

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...

Ponies grazing Alners Gorse reserve.
Ponies grazing Alners Gorse reserve. Photo: Daniel Greenwood.

Missing pony

One of our four ponies has gone missing (on Tues 20 Aug) from our Alners Gorse Reserve. We are appealing Read more...

Orange, black and white butterfly on a bright pink buddleia flower
Painted Lady. Photo: Kevin Darling-Finan

Painted Ladies all over

We are receiving a huge number of sightings of this migratory species. Read more...

Small blue-brown butterfly with tiny tails to its hind wings
Long Tailed Blu. Photo: Mark Pike 2019

Long-tailed Blue at Alners Gorse

We know our Alners Gorse Butterfly Reserve is pretty special, but we didn’t expect this! Read more...

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soft brown underwings of a butterfly with orange and black spots in white rings , drying wings after emergence by resting on a dried flowerhead
Chalkhill Blue. Photo: Mark Pike

Mark commented that this female Chalkhill Blue, seen at Fontmell Down on 5/08/19 was still drying its wings after emergence from the pupa. Read more...

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