Chalk downland survey
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.
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
Has the The Clifden Nonpareil (Catocala fraxini) set up residence right here in Dorset after sightings across the county?
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 .