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: Field Trip

Sunday 23rd July 2017: 11.00am

Join the Devon Branch for a butterfly walk through the complex of “off piste” pathways through the Undercliffs to arrive at Goat Island.

Devon: Family Big Butterfly Count

Tuesday 25th July 2017, 1.00pm-2.30pm

Learn how to identify common butterflies and take part in the Big Butterfly Count on a gentle-paced stroll around National Trust Heddon Valley.

Devon: Course - An Introduction to Moths and Butterflies

Friday 28th to Monday 31st July 2017

This Field Studies Council course will appeal to anyone wishing to know more about them, and will cover how to identify the different species, their varied life-cycles and natural history, and how to help record and conserve them. The course takes place during Big Butterfly Count - why not download a...

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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.

All the Moor Butterflies newsletters

May 17 edition - including details of how to volunteer to help survey butterflies and also updates on all the ATMB events.

You can follow Simon Phelps on Twitter at @SimonATMB_BC.  Simon is a Conservation Officer for Butterfly Conservation @savebutterflies and is one of the project officers on ATMB.

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!