Fiona Haynes, Conservation Officer for Back from the Brink and Butterfly Conservation, is appealing for help around Blandford Forum, Stourpaine, Pimperne, Durweston and Shillingstone. Continue reading
Lyn describes this as a lovely memory from August, finding the first Grayling on the transect she had seen for a long time. Taken at Tadnoll DWT Reserve on 21/08/2019.
What amazing camouflage!
We are delighted to announce that the Dorset Branch of Butterfly Conservation has reached the milestone of 1,000 members! A very warm welcome to all newcomers. Continue reading
This small blue butterfly with ‘tails’ to its hindwings is rarely seen in the UK, but there have been a number of UK sightings this year, including ten in Dorset. We have now had news of the butterfly having bred in a garden Continue reading
Another Long-tailed Blue! Seen by Guy in Wareham Forest on 26/08/2019. The lower shot shows the butterfly appearing to lay on some Dwarf Gorse, but Guy found no eggs.
These butterflies are not usually seen in the UK, but do occasionally turn up due to their caterpillars coming in on vegetables then hatching. This year, however, reports are coming in from a lot of places in the south of the country, so most of them will be true migrants. Butterfly Conservation HQ have put out an interesting press release about it. Dorset currently boasts four sightings.
We’ve had two lots of praise come in for the walk we held at Osmington on 22 August – we’re glad it was enjoyable! This shot of mating Clouded Yellows comes from Harold Gillen, who reports the guided walk saw 17 species in all, and said: “Lovely walk, lovely weather and great company”. Thank you Harold!
North Dorset still has areas where no butterflies have been reported for five years – could you help fill the gaps? Continue reading
Brian has left a wildflower patch in his lawn in Harman’s Cross, and saw these two together on 22/08/2019. It’s a great shot for showing people how small the blue is, something which those new to butterflies can find quite surprising.
We are delighted to say that Scarface, the lost pony, has been found at Alners Gorse, stuck in some dense scrub. Continue reading
One of our four ponies has gone missing (on Tues 20 Aug) from our Alners Gorse Reserve. We are appealing Continue reading