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: Conservation Action Day

Sunday 22nd January 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm

Join volunteers from the Dorset Branch of Butterfly Conservation to help maintain Lankham Bottom, our important chalk downland reserve. The work includes gorse and scrub clearance.

Dorset:Conservation Work Party

Sunday 29th January 2017, 10.00am-3.30pm

Join the Dorset Branch work party at Lydlinch, where they will be managing habitat in an area crucial to the Marsh Fritillary butterfly. Conservation work is vital to ensure that this habitat is kept suitable for its survival at this site.

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All the better for moorland butterflies

The decline of three of the UK’s most threatened butterflies could be reversed across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset with the launch of a ground-breaking conservation project.

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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 .