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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

view of fresh Mother Shipton moth resting on a stem with wings open showing the full pattern that shows the two faces of the old lady
Mother Shipton moth. Photo: Mark Pike

Envelope stuffers needed

It’s that time again – we need help stuffing our newsletter into envelopes to be posted out. This will be on Tuesday 12 June starting at 2.00pm, at Butterfly Conservation HQ, East Lulworth, BH20 5QP. Read more...


Orange butterfly with dark markings on a bramble leaf
Large Tortoiseshell. Photo: Bob Ford.

Large Tortoiseshells

We have had two reports of Large Tortoiseshells this year. This is a butterfly which, though common in Southern England in Victorian times, is now thought to be extinct in the UK. Read more...


view of a Brimstone nectaring on primroses
Brimstone. Photo: Elaine Townsend

Butterfly Sightings

How’s this for camouflage? When a male Brimstone is flying, you wouldn’t think it could possibly disappear, but put it among some foliage and you find it can. The Brimstone is Read more...


Vibrant Comma resting on a purple flower. showing all upper-wings
Comma. Photo: James Gould

Wider Countryside walkers wanted

The nation-wide ‘Wider Countryside Scheme’ (WCS) helps Butterfly Conservation to assess the state of butterflies generally, not just at butterfly hot-spots.  Read more...


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Bright pink and gold moth, on a leaf.
Purple-bordered Gold Moth. Photo: Mark Pike.

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