Join the Dorset Branch on this weekend of butterfly counting, with participants splitting into teams to see who can see the most species! This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.
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 on this butterfly identification walk between Weymouth and Portland. Great for beginners and experts alike! This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.
Join the Dorset Branch in exploring two of Portland's quarries, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The target species of butterflies will be the Silver-studded Blue, Chalkhill Blue, Lulworth Skipper and the cretaceous form of Grayling. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.
A project to save a rare butterfly from possible extinction in Dorset has received a £500 Wessex Watermark Award.
More than three-quarters of the UK’s butterflies have declined in the last 40 years with some common species suffering significant slumps, a major scientific study has revealed.
History of the Purple Emperor (Apatura Iris) butterfly in Dorset
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.
2015 has been an interesting year for the butterflies of Dorset, we've even had two separate sightings of the rare Long-tailed Blue (Lampides boeticus) in what has been named nationally as the second largest influx of this species to the UK!
The recent mild autumnal weather has given rise to a number of late sightings including a Speckled Wood and two Clouded Yellows on 1st November.
Photo Of The Month
This photo was sent to us by Steve Maskell, who spotted this rare Long-tailed Blue butterfly at Kingston Lacy back in September.
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 .