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.


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Help Us Search For Grizzled And Dingy Skippers

Part of our work is to investigate the reasons behind a lack of sightings. Two butterflies we need your help in finding in the Piddletrenthide/Melcombe Bingham area of Dorset are the Grizzled and Dingy Skipper.

New Wildlife Site In Poole

An area which was an old school field in Poole has been turned by the Borough Council into a public open space, complete with a wildlife area, a large pond and a wetland area.

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Test thumb 144 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.

Unusual Spring Sighting: A Humming-bird hawk-moth was seen nectaring on hyacinths on 12 March!

As of 2 April, eight species of butterfly have been seen on the wing in Dorset:

2 Jan - Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell

8 Jan - Brimstone

9 Jan - Peacock

6 Mar - Speckled Wood

18 March - Comma

19 March - Orange-tip

22 March - Small White

Photo Of The Month

Please send us any unusual or beautiful photos of butterflies out and about in Dorset.

Holly Blue On Sweet Wrapper, by Brian Arnold

This photo was sent to us by Brian Arnold, who spotted this Holly Blue butterfly sucking up the sweet residue from this sweet wrapper - not commonly seen behaviour!