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: Talk on Butterfly Trends In East Dorset

Tuesday 20th March 2018, 7.30pm-10.00pm

All are welcome to this presentation in Wimborne on the trends in butterfly numbers revealed by the monitoring in east Dorset surveys in 2017 and plans for the 2018 campaign

Dorset:Conservation Work Party

Sunday 25th March 2018, 10.00am-3.30pm

Join the Dorset Branch work party at Lydlinch, where they will be managing habitat in an area crucial to the Marsh Fritillary butterfly. Conservation work is vital to ensure that this habitat is kept suitable for its survival at this site.

Dorset: Guided Butterfly Walk

Saturday 19th May 2018, 1.00pm-3.30pm

Join us on this guided butterfly walk on the slopes that sit alongside the Weymouth Relief Road - more than 25 different butterfly species have been recorded here!

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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!

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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 .