Wildlife-lovers are being urged to make the most of the final weeks of summer by joining the search for one of Dorset’s rarest butterflies, the Silver-spotted Skipper.

The orange and brown butterfly was close to extinction in the 1970’s, but has made a fantastic recovery over the last 30 years and is now only found in the chalk downlands of southern England, including the Fontmell Down Reserve near Shaftesbury.

A guided walk to find the Silver-spotted Skipper is taking place on Saturday, August 23 from 11am until 3.30pm.

Meet at the National Trust car park on Spread Eagle Hill, not far from the Compton Abbas airfield.