Identification workshop focussing on Pearl-bordered and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries.
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.
Slow start to the 2018 butterfly season
A Happy Easter to all those who regularily check out this web site to see what butterflies our members are seeing now on our Latest Sightings page. We know many of you have been dismayed by the lack of information posted during Feb & Mar and apologies for this omission of information. We had been asked to stop online posting as a full Butterfy Conservation web site upgrade is due - but as this is running very late (a bit like spring) we are now going to restart our First Sightings information on the Latest Sightings page.
Despite the current cold weather, butterflies are beginning to emerge and (at 30/3/18) 6 species have been seen - including one spring butterfly (Small White) and all five overwintering butterflies (Red Admiral, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma & Brimstone). Hopefully Speckled Wood, Orange Tips and more white speices will joine then soon! You can see how First Sightings are going in the whole of the UK at BC's First Butterfly Sightings of 2018 page. If you use Twitter follow us on @BCDevon where will will share details of many local sightings. Hopefully we will also get back to sharing many more of your ongoing sightings on our Latest Sightings page soon - so please don't stop sending in your photos and dates of sightings.
Looking forwards we also hope you will join us on one of our Spring/Summer 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.
We ain to send an email each month to all our branch members with updates about Events coming up during the month. You can see our latest email on our Members' page together with other useful information for members.
Butterfly “foray” looking at more than one site for target species.
Field Trip to Great Torrington Commons, with possible sightings of Pearl-bordered and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries.
Major study reveals another tough summer for UK butterflies
Climate change has provided a window of opportunity for a previously extinct butterfly
Spot butterflies and moths to earn i-SPY points
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!