Devon branch

Lydford Old Railway, Devon

Species to look out for


High Brown FritillaryWelcome 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.

STOP PRESS - download our latest (June 2018) Branch Newsletter here

Spring into Summer

Our early emerging species were very late this year due to weather, but as spring becomes summer 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.


Cornwall: Golden Meadows Open Day

Saturday 30th June 2018: 11.00am

Join us to celebrate Butterfly Conservation's 50th Anniversary and Plantlife's National Meadows Day.

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Latest News

March of the micros

An increasing number of new moth species are arriving and settling in the UK as a result of the global reach of the horticultural trade and the changing climate, moth experts today revealed.

View all Devon branch news stories

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? 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.

2017 ATMB Survey results

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.

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!

Branch Newsletters

BC Devon - Summer Events 2018

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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

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