White Holes

Help us to fill the recording gaps across Dorset

Map with dots showing how many species have been recorded in 2015 and 2016

We record butterflies nationally over a five year cycle. All those records are then brought together and published in the form of an Atlas. We are currently in a recording cycle which runs from 2015-2019.

We made good progress in 2015 and 2016 (see map above) but the squares with no dots - the 'White Holes' - are those in which no butterflies were reported to us.

You can help

We need as many species reported in each grid square as possible. Filling these White Holes is a great excuse to get out into the glorious Dorset countryside (or towns) and do some butterfly spotting.

How to get started

  1. Explore our interactive White Holes map.
  2. Pick an area where additional recording is needed.
  3. See what roads or footpaths give you access to the area.
  4. Go spotting!
  5. Send us your results.

NOTE While it's good to concentrate on the White Holes please don't ignore other squares, especially those with fewer than 10 species recorded.