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.

Send us your news and photos. Email: @email


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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

  • No let-up in net loss of UK’s nature

    The UK’s wildlife continues to decline according to the State of Nature 2019 report. The latest findings show that since rigorous scientific monitoring began in the 1970s there has been a 13% decline in average abundance across wildlife studied and that the declines continue unabated.

  • Holy Grail of moth recording reappears in Britain

    Numerous recent sightings of a moth that became extinct in the UK in the 1960s, suggest that it has recolonised and is now breeding across southern Britain.

  • The Year of the Painted Lady

    In just three weeks this summer, nearly half a million Painted Lady butterflies were counted as part of the 10th UK-wide Big Butterfly Count, run by Butterfly Conservation and sponsored by B&Q.

  • On the verge of something big

    UK wildlife charities have teamed up with England’s government advisor on natural environment to persuade local councils and landowners to help save our pollinators.

Catch up on all our news

Events

  • Dorset: Conservation Work Day

    Sunday 27th October 2019, 10:00am-3:30pm

    Lydlinch Common, North Dorset

    Join the Dorset Branch work party at Lydlinch where they will be managng habitat in an area crucial to the Marsh Fritillary butterfly.  Conservation work is vital to ensure that this habitat is kept suitable for its survival at the site.

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.

Branch information

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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