Celebrate spring moths, Dawn Chorus and butterflies
Species to look out for
Dorset 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.
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.
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.
One of the UK’s rarest butterflies has recorded its best year for a decade thanks to 2014’s warm spring weather and work to restore its habitat, a study has revealed.
44 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.
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!