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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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.
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.
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...
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.
Sunday 26th May 2019, 11:00am-1:30pm
Ballard Down, Swanage
Butterflies, wild flowers and sea views
Sunday 7th July 2019, 9:00am-11:00am
Chettle near Blandford
Moth trap Inspection
Saturday 4th May 2019, 10:30am-4:00pm
Cerne Abbas Village Hall
Guided Walk over Cerne Downs
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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