Latest Branch Newsletter out

If you are a member of Dorset Branch, your newsletter and events list should be plopping through your letterbox very soon. Three noble souls spent the aftenoon before the Bank Holiday stuffing nearly 900 envelopes, and the HQ staff very kindly stayed on to ensure they went out in that day’s post. We now have around 800 members, and we send complimentary copies to some useful contacts, plus sending ten copies of our events list to places like Tourist Information Centres.

We use HQ’s meeting room to do the stuffing, as it takes up quite a bit of space, then they frank the envelopes: we are re-charged for this, but it is a lot cheaper than putting on stamps, and we want to save as much money as we can for conservation work. Working on the rough figure of 900 envelopes, stamps would cost us £135 more than franking per edition!

It still, however, costs 39p per envelope to post newsletters, so please think about whether you could receive your copy by email rather than by post; not only will this save the Branch money, but you will recieve a copy with the photos in colour. The events list is also available in pdf format.

** We apologise to people who had opted out who still received hard copies this time – it was a problem with the label production and we’ll see it doesn’t happen again. **

The latest copy – in colour – is now available via our Newsletters page. Articles include Lawrie de Whalley speculating on whether there is a link between cattle medication and the severe decline of the Chalkhill Blue in some areas of Dorset, a plea for recording of day-flying moths and caterpillars as well as adult butterflies, and a run-down of conservation work on our four Butterly Reserves in Dorset, as well as much more.

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