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.


Conservation Action Day At Lankham Bottom

Sunday 11th October 2015, 10.00am-4.00pm

Join volunteers from the Dorset Branch of Butterfly Conservation to help maintain this important reserve. Day includes gorse and scrub clearing.

Conservation Work Day

Sunday 25th October 2015, 10.00am-3.30pm

Our annual tidy-up of this chalk downland site

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Help Fill The Butterfly Sighting Gaps In Dorset

Nearly a million butterflies have been officially recorded in Dorset over the last five years, but the Dorset Branch of Butterfly Conservation need your help to fill some gaps on the map!

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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.


As of 11 May we had 23 species on the wing including all the usual spring species and the Grizzled and Dingy Skippers. Also Clouded Yellows and Painted Ladies - five of each reported in April.

Marsh Fritillary larvae have also been seen. Check out the latest First Sightings of 2015.

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

Photo Of The Month

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

Common Blue butterflies mating, taken by Mel BrayThis photo was sent to us by Mel Bray, who spotted this pair of Common Blue butterflies being amorous at Ballard Down, in-between Studland and Swanage. It can be easier to photograph butterflies while they are mating, as they often stay in one place for much longer than they would otherwise!