Dorset branch

Dorset Branch

Species to look out for

Welcome

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.

Events

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 & Wiltshire: Work Party

Friday 27th January 2017: 9.30am

Join the Wiltshire and Dorset Branches on a work party clearing tree seedlings and scrub to improve part of this extensive area of chalk grassland in south Wiltshire.

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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News

Dr Martin Warren awarded OBE

World-renowned butterfly scientist Dr Martin Warren has been awarded with an OBE for services to the environment.

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Sightings

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.

In the past, we've had sightings of the rare Long-tailed Blue (Lampides boeticus) so keep an eye out for butterflies in Dorset!

Top Photos

This photo was sent to us by Steve Maskell, who spotted this rare Long-tailed Blue butterfly at Kingston Lacy in September 2015.

Long-tailed Blue, taken by Steve Maskell

We are sure people have taken some beautiful butterfly photos around Dorset since then and 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 .