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.  Why not join in our one of our Events (during the summer we organise field events to show you some of our resident butterfly species and in the winter we organise conservation work days to improve the habitat for butterflies in Devon). Click here to view more details or scroll down this page to the section marked "Get Involved"

Devon updates

Devon Branch AGM 2021 - Saturday October 16th 2021

Once again we will be holding our Annual General Meeting via Zoom.  We hope as many members as possible can join us on Saturday October 16th 2021 at 10am.  For more details please download our AGM 2021 Notice to Members.  Also available are the AGM Agenda, the Minutes from last years AGM, the Branch Accounts 2020-21 and the Treasurers Report 2020-21.  There will also be presentations by Dr Richard Fox, Butterfly Conservation’s Associate Director of Recording and Monitoring (who will be giving a talk about the response of butterflies and moths to climate change) and Jenny Plackett, Butterfly Conservation’s Regional Conservation Manager for the South West (will be providing an update on the South West Fritillaries).

Our latest newsletter is the October 2021 edition which you can download here (and you can also find this on our Members page).  All our past newsletters can also be downloaded from our Members page.  You can view all our Branch Events by clicking on the Branch Events button in the Menu top left of this webpage (or scroll down to the Get Involved section below).  Please note that ADVANCED BOOKING IS NECESSARY FOR ALL EVENTS and you are advised to check the online Events pages which will be updated if there are changes to any of the events, or any cancellations. 

You can keep up to date with the branch on Facebook as well as Twitter.  Look for us on Facebook as Butterfly Conservation Devon and on Twitter as @BCDevon.  

Don't forget we still are keeping our Sightings page up to date - there are still butterflies to see on sunny days even as we move into Autumn!  So let us know if you have seen any butterflies.  

Learn more 

Green Hairstreak - Iain H Leach

Latest Sightings

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!

Pearl-bordered Fritillary - Iain H Leach

Conservation projects in Devon

The ‘All the Moor Butterflies’ project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, 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.

Silver-studded Blue - Mark Searle

Key sites to see species

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

Brimstone moth - Patrick Clement

Newsletters and email news

Keep up to date with all our latest news by signing up for our email newsletter or catching up on our past ones. 

Get involved 


  • Big Butterfly Count 2021 sees lowest ever number of butterflies recorded

    Wildlife charity warns that we must act now if we are to save the UK’s butterflies and moths for future generations.

  • Tribute to Douglas Boyes

    We at Butterfly Conservation, Newcastle University and the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology were shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the recent sudden loss of Douglas Boyes. A supremely talented, enthusiastic and dedicated young scientist he was also a kind and generous colleague to those he worked with, and a young man who had already achieved so much in his career and life to date.

  • Butterfly Conservation’s Craft Club is Back

    Our craft club returns on January 20th 2022 and this time you can felt your own Red Admiral butterfly.
    Suitable for complete beginners as well as more experienced crafters, you’ll receive all the materials you need to take part.

  • Galw ar berchnogion tir i helpu i achub glöyn byw sydd dan fygythiad yng Ngorllewin Cymru

    Welsh edition of "Call to landowners to help save threatened West Wales butterfly" article - Mae dyfodol y Brithribin Brown yn y fantol yn Ne Orllewin Cymru wrth i wasgariad ei diriogaeth grebachu o fwy na’i hanner dros y degawd diwethaf, yn ôl astudiaeth newydd gan Gangen y De o Gwarchod Glöynnod Byw (BC).  

Catch up on all our news


See all our upcoming events

Volunteer with us

Butterfly Conservation relies on the support of thousands of volunteers, and we are always looking for more help inside the office and out in the field. Whether you want to volunteer at a local branch, get outside and help manage our nature reserves, or help with one of our events, we have something for everyone to get involved in! Your time can make a real difference.

Find out how to get involved.