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: The Great Dorset And Wiltshire Butterfly Scramble

Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd August 2015, 10.00am-3.00pm

Join us on this weekend of butterfly counting, with participants splitting into teams to see who can see the most species! Prizes for the winners and a chance to take part in the Big Butterfly Count too.

Dorset: Butterfly Identification Walk

Sunday 02nd August 2015, 1pm-4pm

Join the Dorset Branch on this butterfly identification walk between Weymouth and Portland. Great for beginners and experts alike!

Dorset: Family Bioblitz Day

Wednesday 5th to Thursday 6th August 2015, 7.00pm-4.00pm

Join us for this two-day event of moth trapping and guided walks. There will also be a BBQ on the Wednesday and a chance to take part in The Big Butterfly Count!

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Help Fill The Butterfly Sighting Gaps In Dorset

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!

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Test thumb 144 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.

Common Blue butterflies mating, taken by Mel BrayThis 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!