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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

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Guided walk at Alners Gorse. Photo: Martin Warren.

Alners comes up trumps again

We have four Butterfly Reserves in Dorset, all of which have their attractions, but Alners gathers the most attention at this time of year because of its Hairstreaks. Martin Warren led a "superb" guided walk there on 5 August. Read more...


Comma butterfly sitting in the middle of an orange day lily flower
Comma. Photo: Brian Arnold

Photo competition

As part of the Big Butterfly Count there is a photo competition, seeking photos of any of the 20 species listed in the count. Entering could give you a chance for your shot to feature in the Butterfly Conservation 2018 Calendar. Read more...


Brown Hairstreak with fully open wings, facing down the page
Brown Hairstreak. Photo: Mark Pike

Brown Hairstreaks in clear view at Alners Gorse

Mark Pike has reported that the Brown Hairstreaks at Alners Gorse are amazingly visible at the moment. Read 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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Six-spot Burnet moth. Photo: Maurice Budden

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