Although 2020 cannot really be described as a Clouded Yellow year (not like those amazing influxes we have witnessed in some previous years), we have had so many reports of Clouded Yellows sent into the Dorset branch website recently that reported sightings of the species were more numerous in mid October than for any other species. The total sightings for October put it second highest, only behind the Red Admiral. It is still not clear whether these are butterflies that developed in the UK this year or whether they are fresh migrants from the continent.
Just occasionally the white form of the female Clouded Yellow appears (known as the ‘helice’ variety). Martin Warren did a late walk on our Alners Gorse reserve on October 1st and managed to record a helice female there: not a common record for the site. James Phillips recorded a mating pair in Church Ope Cove on Portland on 16 October: the standard male and the very pale helice, and was able to take a stunning photo (above) of the moment.
The UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme organisers have announced that transect walking may resume, with certain precautions. Continue reading
You can find both documents in pdf form on our Branch Newsletter page.
We are unable to send print versions of either document out at present, as HQ have had to close the Lulworth office Continue reading
UPDATE: This issue is now resolved (20/03)
You will not be able to input butterfly sightings for a few days, starting 19/03. We have had such poor service recently from our internet service provider, TSO, that we are moving this website to another provider.
We regret that due to the Coronavirus, we have been instructed to cancel all Branch events for the foreseeable future. Continue reading
From Lyn Pullen, Website Editor. If you’ve been a bit confused by receiving notification of some news items that don’t make total sense, it’s my fault – they are from 2012, so you can ignore them!
Due to concerns about the Coronavirus, we have cancelled the ‘Butterfly Trends in North Dorset’ meeting which was to have taken place in East Stour on 20 March. We are looking at what we can put up on the website to help fill the gap for our transect walkers in north Dorset.
Because of concerns around the coronavirus, the Butterfly Conservation/Dorset Wildlife Trust meeting scheduled for 10 March has definitely been cancelled. We are currently taking a decision about our ‘Butterfly Trends in North Dorset’ meeting on 20 March, so please check this website before travelling to it. Continue reading
Thanks to all members who turned out on a very bad weather day (Storm Dennis) for our AGM – we had over 70 people packed into Puddletown Village Hall! Read on to find out more and for a link to the Records Officer’s Report.
Our AGM features a talk by Martin Warren, the former Chief Executive of B.C.: ‘Amazing Butterflies – New Discoveries That Will Astonish You’. All members are welcome, and if you can help by bringing a couple of things, read on. Continue reading