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

  • UK moths battling unfair reputation

    Around three quarters of the UK population (74%) have some negative opinion of moths, with many people believing the majority eat clothes and are pests, a study has revealed.

  • Butterflies bounce back in heatwave summer

    UK butterflies bounced back in 2018 following a string of poor years, thanks in part to last year’s heatwave summer, a study has revealed.

  • Large Tortoiseshell butterflies seen on Portland!

    We have had seven reports of a Large Tortoiseshell in Tout Quarry on Portland - the Large Tortoiseshell is considered extinct in this country: webs of its caterpillars have not been recorded for over 60 years...

  • 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.

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Events

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.

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Branch information

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  • 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