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.
Big Butterfly Count sees a drop in participants compared to 2020 and 2021, and urges the public not to forget the benefits of being connected to nature – and it’s not too late to take part!
Gland, Switzerland, 21 July 2022 (IUCN) – The migratory monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus plexippus), known for its spectacular annual journey of up to 4,000 kilometres across the Americas, has entered the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM as Endangered, threatened by habitat destruction and climate change.
Butterfly Conservation launches this year’s Big Butterfly Count with a warning that time is running out to help save species.
The heatwave currently being experienced by some southern and eastern parts of the UK is of concern for human health and the welfare of pets and livestock, but what about our butterflies?
Friday 12th to Saturday 13th August 2022, 6:45pm-12:00pm
Bishops Down near Sherborne
BC MEMBERS ONLY A return visit to Ryewater Nursery - join us for a weekend of mothing and a butterfly walk.
Thursday 18th August 2022, 1:00pm-3:30pm
Fontmell Down, Near Shaftesbury, Dorset
A visit to Dorset's only Silver-spotted Skipper site
Saturday 20th August 2022, 1:00pm-3:30pm
Bincombe north of Weymouth
A survey of this newly created downland habitat
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.
In your area
- CHAIR - Nigel Spring
- SECRETARY - Adrian Neil
- TREASURER - Georgie Laing
- COUNTY RECORDS OFFICER - Robin George
- OTHER COMMITTEE MEMBERS
- Lyn Pullen
- Jane Smith
- Richard Norman
- Stephen Brown
- John East
- Paul Dexter
- Andy Martin