Excursion into the expanses of Braunton Burrows with its unique assembly of flora and insects
Species to look out for
Welcome 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.
Many Devon butterflies now on the wing
Our early emerging species were very late this year due to weather, but as May comes to an end and we look forward to June the emergence dates for our Devon butterfly species are beginning to catch up with the average year on year dates. You can see the list of First Sightings of each species on our Latest Sightings page. You can see how First Sightings are going in the whole of the UK at BC's First Butterfly Sightings of 2018 page.
We know many of you have been dismayed by the lack of information posted on this branch web page during 2018 and we would like to apologise (we are very dismayed too!!) . We have been asked to stop online posting as a full Butterfy Conservation web site upgrade is due - but this upgrade is has been much delayed and is now due in June. So our 'limited service' continues. More information in our latest branch email to members in which we also note the up and coming events and changes to events that have been made since the programme was printed. If you have not received this email you can download it from our Members Page here.
Another way to keep up with sightings in Devon is to use Twitter and follow us on @BCDevon where we retweet details of the many local sightings that are tweeted to @BCDevon. You can see our Twitter feed further down (or across) this Welcome page. If you have a smartphone we do recommend you download Twitter onto it and just scroll through our @BCDevon feed regularily.
We hope you will join us on one of our events - see the Events listings below for more details. Please check this page BEFORE you attend as we will try to make sure any changes/cancellations are updated as soon as they are know - best advice is to also contact the leader of the event to make sure all is going ahead as planned.
Another chance to visit this wonderful reserve for Heath Fritillary, Pearl-bordered and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries
Come for a walk to search for wildlife in the woods. We’ll be on the lookout for deer, bats, moths, glow worms and the elusive Nightjar.
The Chequered Skipper has been returned to England after 40 year absence
Alan Titchmarsh is calling on gardeners to make a metre for wildlife this summer by providing a refuge for struggling butterflies, moths and other pollinators.
Major study reveals another tough summer for UK butterflies
Conservation Projects in Devon
The ‘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.
Want to help? 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 & survey results
May 17 edition - including details of how to volunteer to help survey butterflies and also updates on all the ATMB events.
Sept 17 edition - including details of how fritillary surveys have gone this year and news of how you can help on winter conservation days.
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.
Have 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!
Devon Butterfly Conservation newsletter Issue 101 February 2018
BC Devon Summer Events 2018 - printed Jan 18 - Events information may be updated, please check the Events listing on this In Your Area web page for the latest details.
Key Sites To See Species
Find out more about some of our main butterfly species and the best sites to see them in Devon!