Dorset branch

Dorset Branch

Species to look out for


ABlue SmallDorset is one of the best areas in the UK for butterflies and moths and we are a very active Branch of Butterfly Conservation.

If you live in the region and are a member of Butterfly Conservation you automatically become a member of the Dorset branch.


Dorset: The Stock Gaylard Oak Fair

Saturday 27th to Sunday 28th August 2016

Come and find the Dorset Branch stall at this 2-day fair, which is all about woodcraft, timber, conservation and the countryside . We will be on Conservation Row with a display of butterflies and moths, children’s activities and sales.

Dorset: Dorset County Show

Sunday 4th September 2016

Come and find the Dorset Branch on Sunday at this busy show in the Bee Tent at the top of the field (look for the large BEES sign on top of the tent). We will have an Information and Display Stall and children’s activities, live moths and sales.

Dorset: Conservation Work Day

Sunday 18th September 2016, 10am-4pm

Join this Dorset Branch work party at our Alners Gorse reserve; we shall continue with the woodland and scrub management work, along with a bonfire lunch break, complete with baked potatoes and hot drinks!

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Peacock44 species of butterflies can be seen in Dorset. View the latest butterfly sightings in Dorset or record your own via our easy map-based system.

2015 has been an interesting year for the butterflies of Dorset, we've even had two separate sightings of the rare Long-tailed Blue (Lampides boeticus) in what has been named nationally as the second largest influx of this species to the UK!

The recent mild autumnal weather has given rise to a number of late sightings including a Speckled Wood and two Clouded Yellows on 1st November.

Photo Of The Month

This photo was sent to us by Steve Maskell, who spotted this rare Long-tailed Blue butterfly at Kingston Lacy back in September.

Long-tailed Blue, taken by Steve Maskell

We are always looking for unusual or beautiful photos of butterflies and moths so please send us any that you've taken whilst out and about in Dorset .