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.
Species to look out for
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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!
Keep up to date with all the latest Dorset Branch news.
History fans are being asked to take a closer look at castles this summer in a bid to track the march north of a butterfly success story.
The Prince of Wales has recorded dozens of butterflies while taking part in the world’s largest butterfly survey at his home in Highgrove, Gloucestershire.
Sir David Attenborough has spoken of the mental health benefits of watching butterflies as he urged the public to take part in the world’s biggest butterfly survey over the next three weeks.
In the UK, since 1976, the habitat specialists butterflies index has fallen by 77%, whilst wider countryside abundance is down by 46%.
Friday 17th August 2018, 9.00am-1.00pm
Upton Heath near Poole
Join the Dorset Branch and Dorset Wildlife Trust at 9.00 am for an inspection of the overnight moth trap, followed at 11am by a butterfly walk looking for Grayling butterflies and other wildlife.
Saturday 18th August 2018, 1.00pm-4.00pm
Join us on this visit to some newly created chalk downland habitat, where more than 20 species of butterfly have already been recorded...
Sunday 19th August 2018, 11.00am-4.00pm
Fontmell Down, Near Shaftesbury, Dorset
Join the Dorset and Devon Branches at this joint event near Shaftesbury to find the Silver-spotted Skipper and other species...
Volunteer with us
Butterfly Conservation relies on the support of thousands of volunteers, and we are always looking for more help inside the office and out in the field. Whether you want to volunteer at a local branch, get outside and help manage our nature reserves, or help with one of our events, we have something for everyone to get involved in! Your time can make a real difference.
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