Join the Dorset Branch in the Bee Tent at the top of the field and visit our Information and Display Stall at the busy Dorset County Show. There will be children’s activities, live moths and Sales.
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.
Join the Dorset Branch and Dorset Wildlife Trust at 9am for an inspection of the overnight moth trap followed at 11am by a butterfly walk looking for Grayling butterflies and other wildlife.
Join the Dorset Branch on their Alners Gorse Reserve for an evening of moth trapping, followed the next morning by an inspection of last night's moth trapping then a guided walk to see the butterflies and other wildlife. Camping facilities are available for anyone wishing to stay overnight – bring tent, sleeping bag, eating utensils etc and food as required!
Could millions of Painted Ladies descend this summer?
Children were all a flutter when they made a special visit to one of Dorset’s newest solar farms.
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!
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.
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.
This 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!