White Holes

Help us to fill the recording gaps across Dorset

We record butterflies over a five year cycle: all the records for the five years from all over the UK are brought together and published in the form of an atlas.

We are currently in a cycle which runs from 2015-2019.

We have done very well in 2015 and 2016 - see the map below. The squares with no dots (white holes) are those in which no butterflies have been reported to us.

We need as many species reported in each square as possible, so whilst it is good to concentrate on the white holes, don't ignore other squares, especially those with only 1-9 species reported.

Map with dots showing how many species have been recorded in 2015 and 2016

Please note: The dots on the map are computer generated, but the roads and other markings have been added manually, so don't expect them to be absolutely accurate, but hopefully they will help you orientate yourself.

You can view a version of the map on Google Earth here.

  • The squares over-coloured red have had some sightings reported, so the ones with no added colour are white holes.
  • Please give the file time to load - you should end up seeinga map of Dorset, on which you double-click to zoom in.
  • Google Earth has changed, so if you run into any problems, please let us know via our enquiries box.

You can help

Please record the butterflies you see and send the records to us however best suits you - the list of possibilities is on our How to Record page.

Filling these White Holes is a great excuse for getting out into the glorious Dorset countryside (or towns) and doing some butterfly spotting.

Pick an area where recording is needed, get out your map to see what roads or footpaths give you access to the area, and go spotting: