Devon branch

Lydford Old Railway, Devon

Species to look out for


ABlue SmallWelcome to the Devon Branch of Butterfly Conservation.

If you live in the region and are a member of Butterfly Conservation you automatically become a member of the Devon branch.

Devon has around 39 resident butterfly species and we can help point you in the right direction on where and when is best to see them.

During early 2017 we are updating and adding new sections to this Devon Branch In Your Area web page - please bear with us if something currently looks incomplete!


Devon: Work Party

Sunday 26th February 2017, 10.30am-3pm

Help the Devon Branch on their Little Breach reserve near Culmstock in the Blackdown Hills. Over the years, continued habitat management has helped it become more species-rich and now 24 butterfly species can be seen throughout the year, with grassland butterflies predominating...

Devon: Work Party

Sunday 5th March 2017, 10.30am-3.00pm

Help the Devon Branch with habitat management at their Lydford Old Railway Reserve near Okehampton. The main work will be raking up up strimmed vegetation on this special reserve that holds Devon’s only population of the nationally rare Heath Fritillary butterfly...

Devon: Work Party

Saturday 18th March 2017: 10.00am

Join the Devon Branch's work party at Miltor Mator Common (near Kingskerswell), which borders Stoneycombe Quarry. It is a good locality for Grizzled Skipper, now an increasingly rare butterfly in Devon. The contact information for this event have been updated so please check full event details.

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Conservation Projects in Devon

Pearl-bordered FritillaryThe ‘All the Moor Butterflies’ project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), will help to restore and create habitat for the Pearl-bordered Fritillary, High Brown Fritillary, Heath Fritillary and Marsh Fritillary on some of the UK’s most famous moorland landscapes, including Exmoor, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor.

Other species set to benefit included the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary and the Narrow-bordered bee Hawk-moth.

Want to help? Details of conservation events throughout 2017 will be uploaded soon, but why not take a look at some of the other Branch events taking place across Devon to help butterflies and moths.

Key Sites To See Species

Devon BCFind out more about some of our main butterfly species and the best sites to see them in Devon!

Latest Sightings

BrimstoneHave you seen a butterfly? Take a look at our Latest Sightings page to find out what you can see at this time of year and what species were seen each month last year!