Join the Dorset Branch on a visit to newly created chalk downland habitat just north of Weymouth, where more than 20 species of butterfly have already been recorded...
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.
Survey of ancient earthworks: the Dorset Branch, in conjunction with the National Trust, is looking for volunteers to help carry out a thorough survey of the top of Hod Hill near Blandford Forum to assess the population of the rare Marsh Fritillary butterfly there. Identification training will be given...
Join the Dorset Branch on this survey of butterflies, flora and other wildlife on a small field on the edge of the Cerne River on the northern side of Charminster (near Dorchester). This field has been purchased for the local community and is being managed to enhance the wildlife habitats...
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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.
In the past, we've had sightings of the rare Long-tailed Blue (Lampides boeticus) so keep an eye out for butterflies in Dorset!
This photo was sent to us by Steve Maskell, who spotted this rare Long-tailed Blue butterfly at Kingston Lacy in September 2015.
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 .