Welcome

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!

Peacock - Neil Hulme

Dorset news

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

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News

  • Street lights affect wildflower pollination

    Street lighting operating all night can alter the natural pollination of a common wildflower, a study involving Butterfly Conservation (BC) has revealed.

  • Environment Bill

    In July 2018 Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the Government would bring forward an Environment Bill. Butterfly Conservation (BC) understand that Defra are working on the draft of the Bill, to cover England and reserved matters in devolved countries, and this will be published before Christmas.

  • The nocturnal pollinators: scientists reveal the secret life of moths

    Scientists have discovered that moths may play a much broader role as plant pollinators than previously suspected.

  • Small Tortoiseshell crashes despite heatwave

    Numbers of one of the UK’s best known garden butterflies have plummeted this summer despite the record-breaking hot weather, results from the Big Butterfly Count have revealed.

Catch up on all our news

Events

  • Dorset: Knoll Gardens Open Day for BC Members and Volunteers

    Friday 19th July 2019, 10.00am-3.00pm

    Knoll Gardens, Stapehill Road, Hampreston, Wimborne BH21 7ND

    By Invitation only - The Knoll Gardens Foundation welcomes Butterfly Conservation members and volunteers to the garden free-of-charge as part of the charity’s drive to promote wildlife friendly gardening with the ‘wow factor’...

See all our upcoming events

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.

Find out how to get involved.

Contact branch

  • PRESIDENT
    Brian Dicker
  • CHAIR
    Nigel Spring*
  • SECRETARY
    Adrian Neil*
  • TREASURER
    Georgie Laing*
  • WEBSITE EDITOR
    Lyn Pullen*
  • RECORDS
    Bill Shreeves*
  • EVENTS
    Arthur Bryant
  • COMMITTEE MEMBERS
    Robin George*
    Bill Shreeves*
    Jane Smith*
    Richard Norman*
    Stephen Brown*

* Indicates the person is a member of the Branch Committee