‘Real-time’ White Holes map

Lulworth Skipper taken from the rear and clearly showing the sun ray pattern on the fore-wings
Lulworth Skipper. Photo: Mark Pike

Have you explored our ‘real-time’ (nearly) white holes map yet? Have a look and join in the fun filling the butterfly recording gapsWe record butterflies in five-year cycles and we are currently in the 2015-2019 cycle, so we’ve only this year and next to get as many sightings as we can of all our butterflies throughout Dorset.

Our white holes map will show you where we are short of sightings of butterflies and help you concentrate your efforts where they are most needed:

  • Three different colours of square give you a good idea of how many species have been seen in each
  • Click on the square for a full list of species reported
  • Zoom in to see the detail of the squares
  • Switch to the satellite view of the map for a bird’s eye view of the terrain
  • See the markers which show where butterflies have been reported very recently (as sightings become older, they are incorporated into the colouring of the squares). Click on any marker to see which species have been added very recently at this point.
Silver-washed Fritillary and Peacock nectaring together on a buddleia flowerspike

Silver-washed Fritillary and Peacock. Photo: Harold Gillen

It is only by knowing where the butterflies are and how abundant they are, over a period of time, that we can see if any are running into problems and do something to help them, so please help us fill the gaps.

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