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!

Elephant Hawk-moth - Shane Farrell

Dorset news

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

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News

  • Attenborough: ‘Watching butterflies is good for you!’

    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.

  • Latest trends in butterfly indicators revealed

    In the UK, since 1976, the habitat specialists butterflies index has fallen by 77%, whilst wider countryside abundance is down by 46%.

  • March of the micros

    An increasing number of new moth species are arriving and settling in the UK as a result of the global reach of the horticultural trade and the changing climate, moth experts today revealed.

  • Extinct butterfly flies again

    The Chequered Skipper has been returned to England after 40 year absence

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
  • COMMITTEE MEMBERS
    Keith Howland