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"
Species to look out for
Happy New Year to all our members - lets hope Devon's butterflies have a great 2019! If you would like to help them why not join us on one of our Winter Conservation Events? In January we have conservation events on Sunday 13th (Little Breach Reserve), Saturday 19th (Miltor Mator nr Kingskerswell) & Sunday 27th (Bovey Heathfield). Find all the details here online by scrolling down to the Events box in the Get Involved section of this Welcome page below. You can also find out more about what happens on these Events by reading our 'Reports from Events' page.
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!
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.
Find out more about some of our main butterfly species and the best sites to see them in Devon.
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In July 2018 Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the Government would bring forward an Environment Bill. Butterfly Conservation (BC) understand that Defra are working on the draft of the Bill, to cover England and reserved matters in devolved countries, and this will be published before Christmas.
Scientists have discovered that moths may play a much broader role as plant pollinators than previously suspected.
Numbers of one of the UK’s best known garden butterflies have plummeted this summer despite the record-breaking hot weather, results from the Big Butterfly Count have revealed.
Scottish Ministers have “called-in” plans for a golf course at Coul Links near Embo, East Sutherland after deciding that the case is of ‘national importance’.
Saturday 19th January 2019, 10.30am - 2.30pm
Miltor Mator near Kingskerswell
Removal of scrub and small trees.
Sunday 27th January 2019, 10.30am - 2.30pm
Heathfield Reserve near Bovey Tracey
Raking and clearing at Teignbridge’s Heathfield reserve to maintain the open and warm heathland there.
Sunday 3rd February 2019, 10.30am - 2.30pm
Chudleigh Knighton Heath
We will be clearing scrub from around the footpath where Pearl and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary breed.
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.
- Branch Organiser