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Butterfly Breakthroughs – talk by Martin Warren on 31 Oct

The full title of the talk is Butterfly Breakthroughs: 50 years of learning to conserve Lepidoptera.

Martin Warren has been the Chief Executive of Butterfly Conservation for many years; he is a real butterfly and moth expert and an excellent speaker. This talk will be a real treat. Continue reading

Get your tickets now for our Patrick Barkham talk on 17 November: Sunshine and Shade – Butterflies and Badgers in Britain Today

We are delighted to have persuaded Guardian natural history writer and author Patrick Barkham to give us a talk, which will be one of Thomas Hardye School’s Community Lectures.

Author of ‘The Butterfly Isles’, Patrick set out to see all of our 59 native species of butterfly, and his book tells of a memorable year travelling to all corners of the countryside seeking out butterflies and the enthusiasts who cherish them.

He will talk about the wonder of butterflies: beautiful creatures and also surprisingly complicated indicators of the state of nature today.

Richard Mabey described his book as: ‘Beguiling … in a vivid, adept, unapologetic voice, Barkham wonderfully catches the spirit of these ethereal creatures’.

He has also written ‘Badgerlands: the twilight world of Britain’s most enigmatic animal’. In the talk he will look at the facinating history of badgers and their interactions with humans, from ‘Wind in the Willows’ to the recent cull.

‘Badgerlands’ was chosen as a Book of the Year in The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian and the New Statesman.

This is a Community Lecture in aid of the Dorset Branch of Butterfly Conservation and of the local Primary schools’ science fund.

7.00 pm at the School Theatre, Thomas Hardye School, Queens Avenue, Dorchester DT1 2ET.

Tickets are free, with a collection at the end of the evening. Tickets can be collected from the school from November 4 onwards, or we can post them to you if you send a stamped addressed envelope to: Nigel Spring, 346 Mundens Lane Alveston, Sherborne, DT9 5HU. These Community Lectures are often full, so please do not rely on picking up a ticket on the door.

More details are on the Thomas Hardye School website:

Contact: Butterfly Conservation contact is Nigel Spring
Phone: 01963 23559 or 07981 776767
Email: [email protected]

Branch Stall publicity triumph

The Dorset Branch education stall has recently spent four days at Moors Valley Country Park, for their ‘Butterfly, Moth and Minibeast Festival”.

More than 1200 people attended, mostly families. The star attractions were living examples including Orange Tip eggs, caterpillars and chrysalis. December moth caterpillars, all hairy and camouflaged against hawthorn twigs, were admired. Small Tortoiseshell caterpillars, chrysalis and an emerging adult came from Moors Valley. A selection of moths were on show, all described by the 10 expert volunteers.

The Buttterfly Conservation’s national Munching Caterpillars initiative also joined us, with Catherine Mason keeping young people busy potting plants to take home.

On the next weekend Winterborne Whitechurch Farm Open Day saw the stall have another 200 plus visitors looking at Poplar Hawk moths and their caterpillars, plus red, white and black Knot Grass caterpillars.

Knot Grass Caterpillar

Knot Grass Caterpillar. Photo: Lyn Pullen

Most amazing was an Orange tip caterpillar changing into a chrysalis as we watched. Small Tortoiseshell caterpillars were also making this wonderful change.

This farm has been surveyed by Butterfly Conservation volunteers and has 31 species of butterfly on its ‘managed for conservation’ areas. Eighty moths have also been seen on the farm, and our display included Privet Hawk Moth, Lobster Moth and the stunning Green silver lines. Our picture displays showed the link between food production and conservation.

You too can volunteer for stall help, it is wonderful to look up and see 4 pairs of eyes riveted on you!

Contact Bridget via our Contact Form.

Superb Dorset Butterfly and Moth Calendar for sale (limited quantity)

January update – reduced to £4.00

This large calendar features a full colour photograph of a butterfly or moth for each month of the year, all taken by our members, and has space below to note your appointments for the month. It is A3 in size i.e. 29.7cm x 42cm (11.8″ x 16.8″)

Limited quantity – order quickly so you can have these gorgeous pictures brightening up your home next year.

Calendar - October

Calendar – October

We have been able to produce these calendars for sale at no cost to ourselves, by partnering with Marquee Print of Bournemouth, who produce a calendar each year to send to their customers.

They invited Dorset Branch of Butterfly Conservation to collaborate with them for their 2014 calendar, the theme of which is Dorset Butterflies and Moths. Information about Butterfly Conservation is also included, so this is a great marketing opportunity for us.

They have donated us 50 copies to help raise funds for the Branch

See all the calendar pages.

Calendar - March

Calendar – March

We are offering the last few calendars at £4.00 + £3.50 p&p (inc VAT) each.

Contact Jane Smith to reserve a copy by email if possible at [email protected] or by telephone on 01935 814029.

Please send a cheque for £7.50 made payable to ‘Butterfly Conservation Dorset Branch’ to Jane Smith at 32 Kings Road, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 4HU, on receipt of which she will post the calendar to you.