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.

You can keep up to date with the branch on Facebook & Instagram as well as X (Twitter).

Why not join in 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.

The Big Butterfly Count is a UK-wide survey aimed at helping us assess the health of our environment simply by counting the amount and type of butterflies (and some day-flying moths) we see. The Big Butterfly Count begins on Friday 12th July 2024 and will run until Sunday 4th August.

Devon updates

Roger Bristow Memorial Walks

See our exciting new web page where you can download details of butterfly walks in Devon.  These Devon Butterfly Walks are in remembrance of a much respected and highly regarded member of Butterfly Conservation, Roger Bristow, who passed away in September 2020.  Roger was one of the founding members of the Devon Branch of Butterfly Conservation and he played a huge role in improving the knowledge of Devon’s butterflies.  Currently we have Walk 1 - Orley Common, Walk 2 - Ashclyst Forest, Walk 3 Berry Head National Nature Reserve, Walk 4 - Kerswell Down, South Devon.  Watch out for more walks coming soon.

Our latest newsletter

Our latest newsletter is the Spring 24 edition which you can download by clicking here (and you can also find this on our Members page). This newsletter includes details of our summer events for 2024.  All our past newsletters can also be downloaded from our Members page

Branch Events

These are now in full swing and 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 USUALLY 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.  Don't forget to look at Events in our neighbouring counties too - Somerset & Dorset events can be viewed on the same Branch Events page by inputting the relevant county name into a search.  Cornwall branch put their events on their own web page - you can find this by putting Cornwall Butterfly Conservation into any search page on the web.

Social media

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

Get involved with volunteering

Want to help up and help Devon's butterflies - we are looking for volunteers to help us with our Branch Events - download more information here.

Branch Reserves

Devon has two BC butterfly reserves you can visit.  Lydford Old Railway & Little Breach.  Please click on each of these for more information.

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. 

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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.