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.


Dorset: Conservation Work Party

Sunday 19th February 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm

Join the Dorset Branch on their annual visit to control scrub re-growth and open up new areas for butterflies on their Perryfields Quarry Reserve on Portland...

Dorset: Conservation Work Party

Sunday 19th February 2017, 10.00am-3.30pm

Join the Dorset branch on a conservation work party near Frampton to improve habitat for the Duke of Burgundy butterfly...

Dorset: Illustrated Talk

Thursday 23rd February 2017: 7.30pm

An illustrated talk by Harold Gillen: "A Butterfly Odyssey" - a tour round Britain to see and photograph 58 butterfly species. This is a Dorset Wildlife Trust (Isle Of Purbeck) event held in Wareham...

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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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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 .