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Working to save Dorset's butterflies and moths

75% of British butterflies and 66% of common moths have declined in living memory. Our efforts include conservation work, monitoring butterflies and moths, and raising awareness of the problems they face. There are lots of ways you can help.  Find out more

Red Admiral on a pink flower.
Red Admiral. Photo: Paul Cobb

First Red Admiral photo of 2018, Poole

Congratulations to Paul Cobb for our first butterfly photo of 2018! Taken on 10 January at Branksome Chine Cliff Gardens in Poole. Read more...


Barberry Carpet Moth
Barberry Carpet Moth. Photo: Ian Hughes

Back From the Brink and the Barberry Moth

The Barberry Carpet Moth suffered from the eradication of its food plant, Common Barberry, due to it being host to the wheat rust fungus. There are now rust-resistant wheat varieties, but almost too late for the moth. There are thought to be just ten populations of this moth left in the UK, mostly in Wiltshire, but also in Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Dorset. Read more...


Brown and orange butterfly on a buttercup flower
Meadow Brown. Photo: Mark Pike

Thank You!

We would like to send very grateful thanks to all our butterfly and moth recorders. In 2017, you sent in records of 36,905 butterflies of 46 species to the website alone! Read more...


Covers of forthcoming newsletter and events list

Help needed stuffing and cake making

Perhaps that should be “cake making and stuffing” as you usually do them in that order, but in this case the stuffing is of newsletters into envelopes! Read more...


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Wall Brown butterfly with open wings on white stone block
Wall Brown. Photo: Brian Arnold

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