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.

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Marsh-Fritillary - Iain H Leach

Sightings 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!

Elephant Hawk-moth - Shane Farrell

Dorset news

Keep up to date with all the latest Dorset Branch news. 

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  • Dorset: Upton Heath Moths and Butterflies

    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.

  • Dorset: Guided Walk - Weymouth Relief Road

    Saturday 18th August 2018, 1.00pm-4.00pm

    Weymouth, DT3

    Join us on this visit to some newly created chalk downland habitat, where more than 20 species of butterfly have already been recorded...

  • Dorset: Guided Walk - Fontmell Down

    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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Contact branch

    Brian Dicker
    Nigel Spring
    Adrian Neil
    Georgie Laing  
    Lyn Pullen
    Bill Shreeves
    Keith Howland